2117 W River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
For the second year in a row, Trust for Public Land ranked our park system the best in the country among the nation’s largest cities. This enormous honor is shared by all residents of the city, the metropolitan area and the state. Our parks are not just a local treasure, but a regional and national treasure, too.
That was evident in a second celebration in 2014. When President Obama visited Minneapolis in June, the President’s only public events were held in Minneapolis parks: Minnehaha Falls and Lake Harriet. I am particularly proud of all my colleagues for their efforts to showcase our incredible park system while the nation took notice.
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.
Prior to my appointment as Superintendent, I served as Director of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA), a five county regional park system in southeast Michigan; Community Services Area Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor and a number of other positions with the City of Ann Arbor for more than 22 years. Prior to my work in Ann Arbor, I worked as a parks and recreation professional in various organizations throughout the United States.
I hold a Masters Degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Composite and Physical Education from Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska.
The Superintendent is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and provides leadership, vision and direction to the Park Board’s service areas, and implements Board policy. The Superintendent works with the Board and leadership staff to craft strategic and financial planning objectives.
The Superintendent provides leadership to a staff of approximately 500 full-time and 1,300 part-time employees, oversees an annual operating and capital budget of more than $91 million, and serves as an ambassador to the community and other governmental agencies.
The Superintendent’s Office is responsible for the executive management of the highly diverse services and operations of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The Superintendent’s Office oversees the Communications and Marketing, and Park Safety and Security departments.
Current and past superintendents have worked with commissioners, staff, and the community to make the Minneapolis Park System what it is today.
January 1, 2005-2010
January 1, 2004-December 31, 2004 (Interim Superintendent)
Mary Merrill Anderson
March 1, 1999-December 31, 2003
David L. Fisher
April 1, 1981-January 5, 1999
August 15, 1980-April 1, 1981 (Acting Superintendent)
Charles R. Spears
October 2, 1978-August 15, 1980
July 15, 1978-October 2, 1978 (Acting Superintendent)
January 3, 1966-July 15, 1978
Howard I. Moore
May 28, 1959-January 1, 1966
Charles E. Doell
August 28, 1945-May 8, 1959
C. A. Bossen
November 30, 1935-August 28, 1945
January 1, 1906-November 30, 1935
William M. Berry
April 1884-December 4, 1905
The following superintendents have resided in the Theodore Wirth Home and Administration Building, located in Lyndale Farmstead Park: