Al Bangoura


Phone: 612-230-6404


January 20, 2019- Present


2117 W River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411

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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.

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 580 full-time and 1,500 temporary employees, oversees an annual operating and capital budget of more than $125 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 Park Police, Community Outreach, and Communications and Marketing departments.

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.

Click here to view Superintendent Annual Reports


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 – October 2018)

Mary Merrill February 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019

jayne miller (november 2010-February 4, 2018)
Jayne Miller November 2010-February 4, 2018


jon gurban (2004-2010)
Jon Gurban January 1, 2005-2010 January 1, 2004-December 31, 2004 (Interim Superintendent)


mary merrill anderson (1999-2003)
Mary Merrill Anderson March 1, 1999-December 31, 2003


david l. fisher (1981-1999)
David L. Fisher April 1, 1981-January 5, 1999


del green
Del Green August 15, 1980-April 1, 1981 (Acting Superintendent)


charles r. spears
Charles R. Spears October 2, 1978-August 15, 1980


del green
Del Green July 15, 1978-October 2, 1978 (Acting Superintendent)


robert ruhe (1966-1978(
Robert Ruhe January 3, 1966-July 15, 1978


howard i. moore (1959-1966)
Howard I. Moore May 28, 1959-January 1, 1966


charles e. doell (1945-1959)
Charles E. Doell August 28, 1945-May 8, 1959


c.a. bossen (1935-1945)
C. A. Bossen November 30, 1935-August 28, 1945


theodore wirth (1906-1935)
Theodore Wirth January 1, 1906-November 30, 1935


william m. berry (1884-1905)
William M. Berry April 1884-December 4, 1905

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

Theodore Wirth Home and Administration Building in Lyndale Farmstead Park