Heads-Up for the April 1, 2015 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.  Visitors to Park Board meetings can find at the back of the meeting room the agenda book with all the printed materials for the meeting

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”

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet Master Plan and Improvements in the Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

–Approving the Master Plan for Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park

–Authorizing the Acquisition of 1601 16th Avenue NE, 1510 Water Street, and 1415 Ramsey Street from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for $206,000

–Granting a Construction Permit to Metropolitan Council, for Design and Engineering Investigative Activities Only, Within Theodore Wirth Regional Park Associated with the Metro Blue Line LRT Extension Beginning on April 16, 2015 and Ending on December 31, 2016 and Allowing Staff to Extend the Permit for Up to an Additional 12 Months

–Authorizing Selection of Option A – Reduced for the Phillips Community Center Aquatic Facility and the Preparation of Final Design and Construction Documents Based on Option A – Reduced

–Approving a 4(F) Letter to MPRB Regarding the Construction of Mississippi River East Bank Trail Within Above the Falls Regional Park

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on April 1, 2015 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx .  Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on this 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