Second and final reading of ordinance amendment to rename parkways and park roads containing the name “Calhoun” scheduled August 21

At its meeting on Aug. 7, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners held a public hearing and first reading of a proposed amendment to the MPRB Code of Ordinances that would rename parkways and park roads containing the name “Calhoun.”

The second and final reading of the proposed ordinance amendment will take place at the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The meeting begins at 5 pm in the Board Room at Mary Merrill MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. After the second reading, the Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a final vote on the ordinance amendment.

Background

At its meeting on May 15, 2019, MPRB Commissioners took the first steps toward renaming parkways and park roads containing the name “Calhoun.” The Board action, Resolution 2019-209, would amend Chapter 9, Article X of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Code of Ordinances to rename the following:

  • Calhoun Boulevard West to Bde Maka Ska Boulevard West
  • Calhoun Drive to Bde Maka Ska Drive
  • East Lake Calhoun Parkway to East Bde Maka Ska Parkway
  • West Lake Calhoun Parkway to West Bde Maka Ska Parkway

Resolution 2019-209 was approved by the Administration and Finance Committee of the Board of Commissioners on May 15, 2019. The following day, a 45-day public comment period began. The comment period closed July 1, 2019, then MPRB staff collated and summarized the comments and presented the results to the Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 7 meeting.

If the ordinance amendment is adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Aug. 21, the MPRB Superintendent will transmit the new names of the parkways and park roads to the City of Minneapolis Director of Public Works, the US Post Office, providers of emergency services, property record custodians, and other interested parties. The Superintendent would further ensure the parkways and park roads are clearly marked for the public.