Monthly Archives: September 2013



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 of the agenda highlights:

–Approving the Proposed Master Plan for Washburn Fair Oaks Park and Directing Staff to Prepare a Memorandum of Understanding with the US-China Peoples Friendship Association’s Minnesota Chapter to Raise Funds for a Northern China Theme Garden in the Park

–Accepting the Recommendation from the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee and Approving the Concept Plan from Minnesota Wisconsin Playground for Playground and Site Improvements at Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis

–Authorizing Staff to Apply for Grants through the 2014 Hennepin Youth Sports Program in the Amount of $325,000 Each for the Renovation of Webber Park, Parade Field and Bossen Fields

–STUDY/REPORT ITEM. MPRB Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force and Inspection Program Update

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday September 11, 2013 is at

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:

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

Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on two business days prior to meetings.

The Park Board’s website is The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried

Co-founder of Park Watch

M P R B Plans Improvements to Trails along W. River Road

The following article by Sarah McKenzie was published in the August 29, 2013 issue of the Southwest Journal:

Park Board planning improvements to trails along West River Road

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is collecting feedback on plans to improve 3.5 miles of bike and pedestrian trails along the river’s west bank from Franklin Avenue to Plymouth Avenue.

The public is asked to fill out a community survey: on the project and attend upcoming community meetings on the proposal. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will work with Park Board staff on creating a plan for new lighting, signs, drinking fountains and other trail improvements.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming meetings:

— CAC meetings, Sept. 3, Sept. 24 and Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road.

— Community Open House, Oct. 1, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road.

The bike and walking trails are part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. The Park Board has received $1.7 million in federal funding to improve them.

“The trails are among the most heavily used in the state, with over 1.6 million visits to the area annually,” said Park Board President John Erwin. “They provide vital recreational and commuting connections within our community and region. The rehabilitation of these trails will use federal funds that we applied for and received. This is part of the Park Board’s recent efforts to increase non-property tax based support through increased grant writing.”