Heads-Up for the May 4, 2016 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”

Some agenda items of interest are:

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee Recommendation to Approve the Concept Plan for the Logan Park Wading Pool Improvements

–Accepting the Non-Appointed Community Advisory Committee Recommendation Approving the Concept Plan for the Bryant Square Park Wading Pool Improvements

–Approving Change Order No. 3 with Sunram Construction, Inc., Contract No. C-39383, for Site Improvements at Ridgway Parkway in the Amount of $75,772.44 for a New Contract Total of $665,076.19 and Authorizing the Transfer of $72,531 from the Capital Projects Fund to the Site Improvements at Ridgway Parkway Project

–Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with City of Skate for Fundraising and Activities Related to the Implementation and Promotion of Skateboarding Facilities Within the Minneapolis Park System

–Approving an Agreement with the Minnesota Rowing Foundation for Installation of Boat Racks, Storage of Boats, and Provision of Recreational Programs at Lake Nokomis

–Plan Specifics Presentation for the Programs and Initiatives: First Five Years of Closing the Gap For Minneapolis Neighborhood Parks

–METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) Light Rail Transit Environmental and Right-Of-Way Update

–Adding Chapter 16 to the Minneapolis and Park and Recreation Board Code of Ordinances – 20-YEAR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK PLAN

The complete agenda, with staff reports, for the MPRB Board of Commissioners meeting on May 4, 2016 is at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Board meeting agendas and related information are posted on the above 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 http://www.minneapolisparks.org . The phone number is 612-230-6400.

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch