Heads-Up for the April 16, 2014 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 for Dickman Park Playground Improvements

Some agenda items of interest:


–Approving a Professional Services Agreement with Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., to Provide Master Planning, Concept and Schematic Design, Construction Documentation, and Construction Administration Services for Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park for a Fee Not to Exceed $200,000

–Approving an Amendment to the Concession Lease Agreement with Sandcastle, LLC for the Lake Nokomis Concession

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approving the Concept Plan for Xcel (NSP) Fields

–Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Loucks Associates, to Provide Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Construction Administration Services for the Northeast Athletic Field Park Phase 1 Fields and Maintenance Building Project for a Fee Not to Exceed $95,515

–Entering into an Agency Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to Accept Federal Funding that Enables Construction of Three Trail Projects and to Appoint the Commissioner of Transportation as its Agent in the Acceptance of Federal Aid Funds for the Projects

–Approving a 4(F) Letter to Three Rivers Park District Regarding the Construction of Crystal Lake Regional Trail at Wirth/Memorial Parkway Regional Trail

–Discussion of Recommendations for Reinstating the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Memorial/Donation Program

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on April 16, 2014 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on the above web page two business days prior to meetings. Webcasts of MPRB regular board meetings are posted on the same web page two to five business days following each meeting and are available for viewing, along with webcasts for the previous two months.

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. They are normally in the agenda packet 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.

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

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch