In three park land proposals, neighbors see losses, park board sees greater-good gains
By: Maria Rubinstein
“What’s the park board doing? What road are we going down?” Southeast resident Joe Ring wants to know.
As president of Prospect Park/ East River Road Improvement Association (PPERRIA), Ring is distressed by the prospect of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) leasing East River Flats parkland to the University of Minnesota to build a boathouse.
Ring and other residents are also concerned about recent proposals to make Gasworks Bluff, just across the river from the Flats, home to a 200-unit residential development, as well as a proposal by DeLaSalle High School to build an athletic facility on now-public land on Nicollet Island.