Heads-Up for the May 1, 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.”

6:30 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING. Park Siding Park Playground and Park Restoration

The following topics are some agenda highlights:

–Approving a Six-Month Contract with the Regents of the University of Minnesota for Research Services to be Performed to Analyze the Historical Significance of the Grand Rounds in the amount of $7,000 with Funding from the Minnesota Historical Society

–Mandating Recycling at All Events that Are Held on Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Properties Beginning January 1, 2014 and Requiring Staff to inform All Permit Holders and Event Coordinators of This Requirement During 2013

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Loppet Foundation for Development and Fundraising Related to the Proposed Silent Sport Center Area and Welcome Center Building at Theodore Wirth Regional Park

–Amending Professional Services Agreement #36304 with WSB and Associates, Inc. Related To the Dean Parkway/West Cedar Lake Trail Improvement Project in the Amount of $3,606 For a New Contract Total of $153,518

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 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 re-telecast 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