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:
The following item has been issued by the Park Board.
Local restaurant The Tin Fish has leased space at the Calhoun Refectory since 2004
New study will assess current state, future needs of Calhoun Refectory
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new project that will assess the current condition of the Calhoun Refectory and surrounding area and recommend improvements based on its future needs.
The building opened in 1930 and has undergone numerous renovations since then, the most recent in 1988 when it was remodeled to operate as a seasonal restaurant. Improvements to the area around the Refectory were completed in 1998 and 2012.
Public Open Houses
Community members and park users are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions and ideas regarding the future of the Refectory at two open houses:
Open House #1
Date: Thursday, Aug. 11
Time: 7-9:30 am, Noon-2 pm, 4-6 pm
Location: Calhoun Refectory, 3000 Calhoun Parkway
Topic: MPRB staff and consultants will perform intercept surveys and host a community open house
Open House #2
Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
Time: Noon-2 pm, 4-6 pm
Location: Calhoun Refectory, 3000 Calhoun Parkway
Topic: Community open house
6:30 P.M. The meeting, which is not a regular meeting, will be held at Bottineau Recreation Center, 2000 Second Street NE. It is open to the public. The subject for this meeting is “Our Parks.”
Facilitators from New Publica will lead a discussion allowing for specific input from community members regarding parks, the Park Board’s current efforts to achieve racial equity, and community suggestions for improvements and expansion of this significant work. That discussion is the only item on the agenda.
Board meeting agendas and related information are posted at http://minneapolisparksmn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx two business days prior to meetings. Regular meetings are telecast. This one will not be telecast, but there will be an audio recording for the record.
The Park Board’s website is www.minneapolisparks.org . The phone number is 612-230-6400.
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The following article by Eric Best dated July 21, 2016 was published in the Southwest Journal.
Park commissioners chose new leadership Wednesday following the resignations of its top elected officials.
Commissioners elected Anita Tabb president of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Wednesday. Commissioner John Erwin, a former board president, was selected to be vice president.
Commissioners Liz Wielinski and Scott Vreeland submitted letters last Friday resigning from the nine-member board’s president and vice president positions, respectively, though the two maintain their board seats.
Commissioners voted 7-1 in each instance. Interruptions from audience members who called for public input on the leadership selections temporarily derailed the meeting, causing a short recess.
The elections follow several intense months for the board. Earlier this year, the board, under Wielinski’s leadership, secured a long-term funding plan — known as the 20 Year Neighborhood Parks Plan— for maintaining neighborhood parks, praised by commissioners and their peers on the City Council as a historic agreement between the traditionally distant governing bodies. Commissioners recently approved racial and economic equity criteria to guide the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investments into the system. They’ve also maintained the honor of the country’s top park system.
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The following article by CIDNA (Cedar, Isles, Dean Neighborhood Association) resident MIchael Wilson was written for the July 2016 issue of the Hill and Lake Press.
Tabb Takes Park Board Reins Following Wielinski Resignation
Anita Tabb, Fourth District Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioner and Lowry Hill resident, was elected on Wednesday, July 20, to serve for the remainder of 2016 as board president following the resignation of Liz Wielinski from the post. Wielinski was in the middle of her third one-year term as board president.
Wielinski and board vice-president Scott Vreeland both both submitted letters on July 15 indicating their intention to resign their positions. Vreeland indicated in his letter that he did not wish to move into the board president position at this time.
Tabb’s name was the only one placed in nomination for the board’s top leadership position during a stormy start to the board’s regular third-Wednesday meeting. John Erwin, who served four terms as president from 2010 to 2013, was nominated to become vice-president for the balance of 2016. Brad Bourn nominated himself. Erwin was elected on a 7-1 vote, with Bourn voting for himself. Tabb was likewise elected on a 7-1 vote, with Bourn in opposition. Commissioner Annie Young was absent.
The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the July 20, 2016 on-line edition of the Star Tribune.
Tabb, Erwin Elected to Park Board Leadership
Election follows chaotic start to meeting over public input on selection.
Anita Tabb will preside over the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the rest of 2016, backstopped by former board president John Erwin as vice president.
Tabb and Erwin were selected on Wednesday by colleagues on the board to fill a leadership void created last Friday when Liz Wielinski said she was resigning as board president, and vice president Scott Vreeland said he’d follow suit.
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