Comprehensive Plan Goals
Provide urban forests, natural areas, and waters that endure and captivate. Provide recreation that inspires personal growth, healthy lifestyles, and a sense of community. Provide dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs. Provide a safe place to play, contemplate, and recreate. To do our work in a sustainable manner. To foster a safe work environment and provide a supportive and thriving work environment. Be responsive and innovative. To provide visionary leadership. To retain our independence and focus to accomplish our mission. Ensure incorporation and analysis of racial equity principles at key decision points across the park system.
On January 20, 2019, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Superintendent Alfred Bangoura took over leading the nationally acclaimed park system.
The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a three-year contract with Bangoura on December 19, 2018. “Mr. Bangoura stood out from a national pool of candidates as having the unique skills needed for our Superintendent. He believes our parks are for everyone and he’s ready to advance this Board’s mandate of increasing our investment in youth and building an even better park system for our guests and everyone who calls Minneapolis their home,” said Brad Bourn, President of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “His knowledge of Minneapolis and our parks coupled with his unique professional skills will provide cohesiveness and inspire collaboration.”
“I am honored to lead Minneapolis Park and Recreation, the premier park system in the country,” said Alfred Bangoura. “For 19 years, I had the privilege of serving Minneapolis residents and working with passionate communities. I am excited to reconnect with internal staff and the community. I intend to be the voice on how we build communities, deliver meaningful services and meet the diverse needs of Minneapolis residents. Thank you and I look forward to coming back home!”
Prior to becoming the 12th person to serve as MPRB Superintendent, Bangoura was the Recreation Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, which includes Charlotte, NC and serves over 1.1 million people. Bangoura oversaw community and recreation services for the county’s 17 recreation facilities and three senior and active adult facilities. He is a Certified Park and Recreational Professional (CPRP) and prior to joining Mecklenburg County, Bangoura served as the Director of Recreation Centers and Programs for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. From 2001 – 2015, Bangoura held a variety of progressive recreation leadership positions with the MPRB.
Roles & Responsibilities
Every year the Superintendent publishes an annual report highlighting the organization’s accomplishments. Digital copies of the annual report are available on the page linked below. Hard copies of the most recent year is available for public viewing at recreation centers and libraries in Minneapolis.
Current and past superintendents have worked with commissioners, staff, and the community to make the Minneapolis Park System what it is today.
Mary Merrill February 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Theodore Wirth Home
The following superintendents have resided in the Theodore Wirth Home and Administration Building, located in Lyndale Farmstead Park:
- Al Bangoura
- Jayne Miller
- David Fisher
- Charles Spears
- Robert Ruhe
- Howard Moore
- Charles Doell