Heads-Up for the March 6, 2013 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 can call 612-230-6400 before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up or they can sign up at the Board meeting prior to the start of “Open Time.”

The following topics are some agenda highlights:

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minneapolis Off-Road Cyclists for Single Track Mountain Bike Trails Projects at Southwest Wirth, Central Wirth and Brownie Lake

–Accepting the 2013 Youth Sports Grant Awards from Hennepin County in the Amount of $175,000 for an Artificial Turf Field at Lyndale Farmstead and $100,000 for Softball and Baseball Field Renovation at NP Fields

–Accepting a Grant Award from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program in the Amount of $1,000,000 for Design and Construction of Trail Improvements on the East Bank of the Mississippi River Between Boom Island and the BNSF Rail Bridge

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan

–Accepting the Concept Plan Recommended by the Appointed Community Advisory Committee for the Dean Parkway and Cedar Lake Trail Improvement Project

–Authorizing Construction Services Contracts with McKinstry for Rehabilitation of the Parade ice Garden and Energy Upgrades at Other Facilities in the Minneapolis Park System in the Combined Amount of $9,345,176 and Authorizing Administrative Use of a Construction Contingency Up to $454,824 for Necessary Construction Related Issues that May Arise with the Contract

–Approving Amendment #3 to the May 10, 2011 Fundraising Agreement with Minneapolis Swims for an Indoor Aquatic Facility at the Phillips Community Center

–Amending Chapter 2 of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Code of Ordinances and Adopt the New Policy on Alcohol in the Parks

–Authorizing Staff to Apply for 2013 Permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to Control Aquatic Plants at Lakes Harriet, Calhoun, Cedar, Isles, Nokomis and Wirth

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com

Also of interest and now available to the commissioners and the public are the monthly reports that Superintendent Miller has initiated for construction permits and for Planning Department projects. The availability of these reports is one of the important changes instituted by Superintendent Miller. Look for the links to these reports under Petitions and Communications in the agenda for the first Regular Meeting of the month.

View Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board meetings live from 5-9 p.m. on the Minneapolis Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast Cable. You may also view live meetings online on the Channel 79 webpage: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79

Regular meetings are typically retelecast on Channel 79 on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m. Telecast schedules are subject to change.

Webcasts of MPRB regular board meetings are posted on the MPRB website two to five business days following each meeting and are available for viewing, along with webcasts for the recent two months, at http://www.minneapolisparks.org.

Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on http://www.minneapolisparks.org two business days prior to meetings.

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

Arlene Fried

Co-founder of Park Watch