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NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT SELECTED TO LEAD M P R B'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT

NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT SELECTED TO LEAD MPRB’S PLANNING DEPARTMENT

At last night’s Park Board meeting, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Jayne Miller announced that from a national candidate search, she has selected Bruce Chamberlain, a local leader in landscape architecture and urban design, as the new Assistant Superintendent for Planning Services.

A long-time resident of Minneapolis, Chamberlain is a national award-winning urban designer who has spent his 22-year career helping communities envision their futures. Since 1999, Chamberlain has served as vice-president of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. in Minneapolis where he has led a variety of complex city-building efforts, including the Great River Park Master Plan in St. Paul, Upper Harbor Terminal Riverfront Vision in Minneapolis, and the Bassett Creek Valley Master Plan in Minneapolis.

Chamberlain will assume his new duties as Assistant Superintendent of Planning Services in June.

DOG PARK SITE REMAINS CONTENTIOUS

The following article by Nick Halter was published in the April 4, 2011 issue of the Southwest Journal:

DOG PARK SITE REMAINS CONTENTIOUS

A group of stakeholders began meeting in March in an effort to find the best site for a dog park in Southwest.

Their first two meetings revealed a divided group. Many of them want to throw out some or all of the three sites that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board gave them to choose from.

The Citizens Advisory Committee of about 20 members spent much of the first two meetings debating processes, such as how to vote on matters, who should be on the committee and whether or not to trust the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to give the group accurate information.

Park Board President John Erwin said his goal is still the same as when he voted to form the advisory committee: To have a dog park in the Park Board’s Sixth District this summer.

But that may be difficult, because many members of the committee have made it clear they want at least two of the sites eliminated from consideration. The third remaining site would require the Park Board to tear up a parking lot in order to build the off-leash dog area.

The advisory committee is scheduled to continue meetings until at least May 16, after which they could give the Park Board a recommendation on a site.

The first two sites — both at Lyndale Park on the Northeast side of Lake Harriet — are near the Roberts Bird Sanctuary and local Audubon groups say the presence of dogs will scare off migrating birds. One of those two sites is directly in between the Peace Garden and a trial garden, and park users say barking canines will disrupt an area that people go to for its peace and tranquility.

The third site is a few blocks north, at Lyndale Farmstead Park, in what is now a parking lot for a Park Board operation center. It’s behind a concrete wall and would wrap around a small pond (the Park Board has increased the size of the site from a half acre to 2 acres).

Committee member Jonathan Lee tried to remove all three sites from consideration, but the committee narrowly voted against eliminating any of the sites on a 10–9 vote.

Lee, who over the last several months fought unsuccessfully for a dog park at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, said the Park Board did not provide sufficient sites, and that the group should widen its search to the entire Sixth District, which stretches west of I-35W and south of Lake Street.

Many at the meeting agreed some or all of the sites were bad choices, though others argued that each one deserved to be discussed before being eliminated.

“The Park Board has done us a disservice by limiting us to three sites,” said member Matt Perry, who suggested that the Park Board provide more options.

The first meeting, on March 21, drew a crowd of about 75, most of which opposed two or three of the sites. The second meeting attracted about 25 people.

However, a few attendees at both meetings have expressed support of a dog park in at least one of the areas. Others said they wish the Park Board would consider a site closer to 35W so it could serve neighborhoods east of the freeway.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 11. The meeting place has not been finalized. Visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org closer to April 11.

April 13, 2011 M P R B Committee Of The Whole Meeting

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 13, 2011 MPRB COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

The meeting, which will not be televised, is open to the public. It will be held at Park Board headquarters in the Minnehaha Room next to the Board Room and will begin at 5:00 pm.

Study/Report topics will be:

1. Update on Emerald Ash Borer in Minneapolis

2. Chapter 11 Ordinance and Policy on Community Involvement

3. Anti-Bullying/Harassment Standard

4. Update on Committee Priorities

The complete agenda, with staff reports, can be viewed at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=37&calid=734

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 13, 2011 M P R B COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 13, 2011 MPRB COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING

The meeting, which will not be televised, is open to the public. It will be held at Park Board headquarters in the Minnehaha Room next to the Board Room and will begin at 5:00 pm.

Study/Report topics will be:

1. Update on Emerald Ash Borer in Minneapolis

2. Chapter 11 Ordinance and Policy on Community Involvement

3. Anti-Bullying/Harassment Standard

4. Update on Committee Priorities

The complete agenda, with staff reports, can be viewed at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=37&calid=734

April 6, 2011 Park Board Meeting

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 6, 2011 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road, just north of Broadway Pizza.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME. Speakers need to sign up before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting for Wednesday, April 6, 2011 is at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=37&calid=722

Park meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The Park Board’s website is http://www.minneapolisparks.org. The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 6, 2011 PARK BOARD MEETING

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 6, 2011 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road, just north of Broadway Pizza.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME. Speakers need to sign up before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting for Wednesday, April 6, 2011 is at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=37&calid=722

Park meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The Park Board’s website is http://www.minneapolisparks.org. The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch