Star Tribune: Bringing change to Nicollet Island

« On a summer’s morning, a horse’s clip-clop and the clucking of chickens are the loudest noises on the north end of Nicollet Island, where flower-framed houses line narrow 19th-century streets, all within easy walking distance of downtown Minneapolis’ skyscrapers. It’s no surprise then, that most island residents oppose the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s plans to turn about 2½ acres of park land over to DeLaSalle High School for athletic fields.

Tonight the Park Board was scheduled to consider an agreement with DeLaSalle that would allow the 106-year-old school to develop plans for a football and soccer field and 600 to 750 bleacher seats on the east side of the island. Late Tuesday, Park Board President Jon Olson said he would propose instead a resolution that would create a citizens advisory committee to review the issues surrounding the field before the Park Board enters a binding agreement with DeLaSalle. His resolution suggests the committee return to the Park Board Oct. 15 with its findings. »

Linda Mack, Star Tribune
August 17, 2005

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