In 2011 the MPRB revised its Community Engagement Ordinance and adopted a new Community Engagement Policy that widens the methods and processes used to engage the community, increasing access and participation in decision making for park projects. Later that same year, we created a new Community Outreach Department to focus on diversity and inclusion, cultural competencies and citywide special events with particular focus on events that serve diverse communities.
Community Engagement Policy adopted that widens the methods and processes used to engage the community, increasing access and participation in decision-making for park projects. These methods go beyond the standard set of meetings and public hearing for projects, which can limit access to the decision making process, especially in racially concentrated areas of poverty. Ordinance revised and approved by Board of Commissioners.
- Summer Food Program served 95,000 lunches at 35 park sites
- Indigenous Music and Movies featured Tuesday nights in August at Father Hennepin Bluff Park
- Get Outdoors Day hosted at Powderhorn Park to introduce outdoor activities to inner city youth and families and address racial inequity in these activities.
- VISTA member awarded to develop six Park Literacy sites (East Phillips, Farview, Folwell, Logan, Luxton, Powderhorn)
- Twins Community Fund grant paid for uniforms, equipment and Negro League educational program materials for Northside Fundamental Baseball program
- Youthline managed $50,000 federal grant funding family outreach program promoting physical fitness and good health practices. Six family festivals held throughout summer/fall at North Commons, Farview, Folwell parks.
- 200 Teen Teamworks youth participated in a guided canoe tour of Mississippi River. Teen Teamworks is a summer employment program for low income and at risk Minneapolis youth.
- Park Police partnered with numerous organizations in a collaborative program to reclaim Peavey Park and address livability issues in the surrounding neighborhood.
- MPRB employed more than 170 youth to help North Minneapolis recover from tornado through the Northside Community Relief Team
- 800 new trees planted in North Minneapolis as part of Northside Treecovery program after tornado
Board focused on capital improvements that meet diverse community needs, and that are in Upper South, North and Northeast Minneapolis and other projected growth areas, per guidance from the MPRB comprehensive plan. Upper South, North and Northeast Minneapolis include the majority of the Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty (RCAPs) in Minneapolis.
- East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center opened
- Freedom Form #2 sculpture renovated and relocated at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park
- Frank Quilici Field opened at Shingle Creek Park
- Synthetic turf soccer fields opened at Stewart and Currie parks
- Victory Memorial Drive rededicated on its 90th anniversary
- New boardwalk opened along north edge of Wirth Lake
- Twins, Toro, MPRB rebuilt baseball fields at North Commons Park
- Basketball courts resurfaced at Loring, Cedar Field, East Phillips parks
- North Mississippi Regional Park trails repaired after tornado
- Field lighting upgraded at Bottineau Park
Fairview Recreation Center served as the disaster recovery center and North Commons Recreation Center was opened as a shelter for residents of North Minneapolis who needed emergency housing following the tornado that hit North Minneapolis.
Superintendent began meeting with the NAACP, Urban League, Minneapolis Public Schools, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee and local churches and businesses to strengthen community relations and increase collaboration with organizations and agencies that serve communities of color.
MPRB partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to include a four-page parks insert in Community Education mailings that was delivered to 200,000 Minneapolis households to ensure that all households in Minneapolis received information about MPRB programs and services.