The following editorial was published in the March 18, 2016 edition of the Star Tribune.
More Facts Needed on Financing Plan for Mpls. Parks
The Minneapolis park system — the best in the nation for three years running, according to the Trust for Public Land — is a civic asset worth preserving. The parks are an embodiment of the city’s much-vaunted quality of life, and an advantage in convincing members of the mobile, emerging workforce that they should build their careers, and lives, in this region.
But like so many civic assets, the system was built by previous generations. The least the city’s current leaders can do is to maintain it. Doing so, of course, takes money, and current funding sources fall short of what’s needed for neighborhood parks.
That’s why the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has requested that the City Council authorize a November referendum to ask for at least $15 million annually for the next 20 years.
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