Ensuring Racial Equity: Our Parks Invitation Letter

Ensuring Racial Equity: Our Parks Invitation Letter


Here is a copy of the Our Parks Invitation Letter that was sent out from Park Board President Liz Wielinski and Superintendent Jayne Miller to various groups to participate in a series of meetings and community dialogues to ensure racial equity and equitable investments in the MPRB system.

May 17, 2016

Dear —–,

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has been working to address racial equity and equitable investments in the park system, and to have a fair and equitable workforce that represents Minneapolis. While we believe we have made progress in the last five years, we acknowledge there is still much work to do.

In our efforts, we have reached out to and worked with many groups and community members. We need to continue and expand this outreach to ensure we communicate the progress and work that have been done to date. We especially want to hear and learn from those who can help us ensure that our programs, facilities and services are accessible and meet the needs of all Minneapolis residents.

We are hoping you can join us to continue this important work by participating in Our Parks series of meetings and community dialogues. During these we will share background information and initiatives; as well as discuss your feedback and suggestions for continued improvements. We anticipate these meetings will begin in early July. Many of these dialogues will be held in parks throughout the city, we are open to co-host a meeting at your location. Please indicate your interest in participating by contacting John Goodrich at jgoodrich@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6404.

Enclosed is a list of others who are being invited to join us in this effort. If we have missed someone and you have suggestions for others we should reach out to, please let us know.

We hope you will join us to discuss Our Parks. We want the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to be the best park system it can be for everyone.


Liz Wielinski, President

Jayne Miller, Superintendent

Cc: MPRB Commissioners