Monthly Archives: July 2016

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.

Sincerely,

Liz Wielinski, President

Jayne Miller, Superintendent

Cc: MPRB Commissioners

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board president and vice president resign

The following article by Mark Reilly was published in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on July 18, 2016.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board president and vice president resign

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board President Liz Wielinski is stepping down from her position, and her designated successor. Scott Vreeland, is quitting his post as well.

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A Thank You to MPRB President Liz Wielinski and Vice President Scott Vreeland

The following item was posted on the Minneapolis Issues Forum by Connie Sullivan on July 16, 2016.

 


A Thank You to MPRB President Liz Wielinski and Vice President Scott Vreeland

I just wanted to take this chance to express my appreciation for the
admirable work done in their leadership positions on the Park Board by
President Liz Wielinski and Vice President Scott Vreeland.

Both stepped down yesterday from their  offices, although not from the Park
Board, under repeated and nasty attacks (unjustified, in my opinion) from
the current head of the Minneapolis NAACP and demonstrators she brought
with her to disrupt Park Board meetings.

It’s hard for people to remember what the Park Board used to be, just a few
years ago, and how constructively these two Commissioners and other new-ish
Commissioners have worked to rid the Parks and Recreation world in
Minneapolis from the kind of malfunction that so terribly is mis-running
our schools. They’ve been improving our parks system and administration,
where once everybody said it couldn’t be.

Thanks for your leadership, Liz and Scott! There are people out here who
have noticed your good work and feel really bad that you both find it
necessary to step down.

Connie Sullivan
Como, in Southeast Minneapolis

Park Board Passes Equity Ordinance for Neighborhood Park Investment

The following article by Eric Best, dated July 11, 2016, was published in the Southwest Journal.

Park Board Passes Equity Ordinance for Neighborhood Park Investment

The ordinance prioritizes racially concentrated areas of poverty around Minneapolis.

North Commons park is one of the city's 157 neighborhood parks, which are seeing additional repairs and rehabilitations. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

North Commons park is one of the city’s 157 neighborhood parks, which are seeing additional repairs and rehabilitations. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Park commissioners have approved racial and economic equity criteria to guide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investments into the city’s neighborhood parks system over the next two decades.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board unanimously passed an ordinance that is meant to ensure an equitable distribution of an additional $11 million of park investments annually for the next 20 years. The agreement, dubbed the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan, is a joint effort with the City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges that replaced the board’s referendum campaign for funds to close an annual funding gap in maintaining the nearly 160 neighborhood parks in Minneapolis.

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Heads-Up for the July 20, 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:

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Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration of The Commons

Commons park photo

Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration of The Commons

Thursday, July 21, 2016
11:30am-1:00pm
East Side of the Park.

Join us for a short program with City officials plus performances by Asian Dance Team. The event will also feature food trucks, free yoga by Core Power Yoga, and other activities.

*Program starts at noon.

For additional information visit www.CommonsMpls.com.

Commons park photo

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Rose Lindsay in the department of Community Planning and Economic Development.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.

TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Rau kev pab 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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Prioritizing New Neighborhood Park Projects: New Tool will use Data to Equitably Prioritize Neighborhood Park Projects in Minneapolis

The following item, dated July 7, 2016,  has been issued by the Minneapolis Park Board.
 

Prioritizing New Neighborhood Park Projects:  New Tool will use Data to Equitably Prioritize Neighborhood Park Projects in Minneapolis

Criteria-based system measures both park and community characteristics to determine order of new park projects

At its July 6, 2016 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners unanimously approvedResolution 2016-223, which created a new ordinance that ensures specific, data-driven, equity-based criteria will be used to prioritize capital investment and large rehabilitation projects in neighborhood parks.

The criteria fall in two categories: community characteristics and park characteristics. Community characteristics include neighborhood demographic data such as identified racially concentrated areas of poverty, population density, youth population and crime statistics. Park characteristics include park asset data like asset condition, asset lifespan and proportionality of investment since 2000 relative to the total value of park assets.

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Summary of Important Board Meeting Rules by section (as last amended June 1, 2016)

The following handout was provided to individuals attending the June 15, 2016 Park Board meeting.

It was intended for individuals not familiar with Park Board meeting procedures.  It is being posted here as a  helpful guideline for anyone attending Park Board meetings.

Summary of Important Board Meeting Rules by section (as last amended June 1, 2016)

Meetings shall be conducted in an orderly, courteous and disciplined manner.

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Click on the attachment to download the handout.

06 15 2016 MPRB Board Meeting Rules Summary (1)