Meet the New Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board!

The community is invited to a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Trailhead, to welcome new Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Superintendent, Al Bangoura.

“I am excited to meet and hear from park users and other stakeholders to continue conversations around a common vision,” Bangoura said.  Referring to the 22 community listening sessions, held during the hiring process to highlight priorities from a park user perspective, Bangoura added, “I want all communities to know that not only are we listening, we are committed to building upon a legacy that includes safe collaborative spaces that benefit us all.”

As Superintendent, Bangoura provides day-to-day leadership for the 6,811 acre nationally recognized park system and manage an annual operating and capital budget of $120 million.  The position oversees the work of approximately 570 full-time and 1,170 temporary Minneapolis Parks employees who deliver programs, services and facilities that are responsive to the diverse needs of City residents and all segments of the community.

R.T. Rybak, CEO of Minneapolis Foundation – who is sponsoring the event commented, “We’re excited about our new leader and welcome the opportunity for everyone to collaborate to make the nation’s best park system even better.”

Prior to being named Superintendent, Bangoura oversaw community and recreation services for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, which includes Charlotte, NC and serves over 1.1 million people.   He has close ties to Minneapolis and a true affinity for the MPRB having once held a variety of progressive recreation leadership positions between 2001 and 2015, including Director of Recreation Centers.

The Meet & Greet will be held on February 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at:
The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Regional Park, located at
1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422

Attendance is free and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. In order to get an accurate food count, registration is required.  No public funds are being used for this event.  RSVP through EventBrite  or by calling 952-356-4403.