The following article by Peter Callaghan was published in the March 23,2016 issue of MinnPost.
Parks and Wreck: How a ‘Historic’ Funding Deal Sums up the Long-troubled Relationship Between Minneapolis and its Parks Board
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
When it came time for her to vote, the president of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board wanted to make clear where she stood.
“HELL, yes,” said Liz Wielinski after her name was called.
And with that, the board was unanimous in endorsing a 20-year deal with the city of Minneapolis to provide money to repair and restore 157 neighborhood parks and facilities.
If the City Council follows next month — something that is likely but not yet a certainty — the park board will stop work on a voter referendum that would have sought an annual increase in property taxes to cover the price of the initiative, which it had dubbed “Closing The Gap.”
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