The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the April 21, 2016 issue of the Star Tribune.
Phillips Pool, Facilities in Poorer Neighborhoods Top Mpls. Park Spending Priorities
Currie Park redesign is on the $40 million wish list.
Park Superintendent Jayne Miller, shown at a past Halloween event, outlined how the Park Board would spend $40 million over the next five years from City Hall or from voters in a referendum.
A redesign of the crowded Currie Park in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is one of the most ambitious park repairs proposed by Minneapolis Park Superintendent Jayne Miller on Wednesday.
Miller released the list to show how the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board would spend $40 million over the next five years if it can get it from City Hall or from voters in a referendum. Her proposal was developed using new criteria that considered socioeconomic factors around neighborhood parks, and concentrates initial repairs in areas with higher poverty and more minority residents.
Much of the money would be spent on rehabbing rec centers with new roofs or mechanical systems. But work to repair or replace playgrounds, wading pools, sports fields and other more visible features at parks would be tightly concentrated in inner-city neighborhoods.
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