Heads-Up for the October 7, 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”

6:30 P.M.  PUBLIC HEARING for the Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility.  Those wishing to speak can sign up at the meeting.

Listed below are some agenda items of interest:

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations and Approve Schematic Plans for Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility

—Approving RiverFirst Project-Level Fundraising Agreement #1 Between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to Raise $14.9 Million in Philanthropic Funding Toward Implementing the 26Th Avenue North Family of Projects and Water Works on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis

–Discussion Item — METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) Light Rail Transit Project Pre-CMC

–Approving a Grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Amount of $500,000 to Design and Construct Improvements at Sheridan Memorial Park

–Amending Professional Services Agreement #C-38072 with Loucks Associates Related to the Northeast Park Athletic Fields Park – Phase I Fields in the Amount of $24,500 for a New Contract Total of $120,015

–Authorizing Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Staff to Apply for Grants through the 2016 Hennepin Youth Sports Program in the Amount of $300,000 for Renovation of Folwell Park Tennis Courts, $75,000 for McRae Park Athletic Field, and $225,000 for Bossen Park Athletic Field

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on October 7, 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