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Minneapolis Park Board’s 2017 Budget Focuses on Fiscal Responsibility, Service Delivery, and Implementation of the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan
On Wednesday, December 7, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) adopted its 2017 budget for the park system, which serves more than 22 million visits annually. Continue reading
The following article by Eric Best, dated July 11, 2016, was published in the Southwest Journal.
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.
The following article by Eric Best was published in the June 2, 2016 edition of The Journal.
Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
The Park Board seeks to close a growing funding gap in maintaining the city’s 157 neighborhood parks, such as Bethune Park
Park Board Passes 20-year Neighborhood Park Funding Plan
Park commissioners have moved forward with a 20-year funding plan to maintain the city’s neighborhood parks.
Commissioners of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board unanimously passed the plan, via an ordinance, that would provide an additional $11 million annually to revitalize the 157 neighborhood parks in Minneapolis, many of which face disrepair. The plan, a joint effort with the City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges, is an alternative to a fall referendum that the Park Board had been working toward in recent months.
To continue reading, click on the link to The Journal
The following letter to editor was published in the Star Tribune on May 21, 2016.
MINNEAPOLIS PARKS: Historic Funding Agreement Ensures Vitality for Generations
Wednesday was a historic day for Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board unanimously approved a 20-year neighborhood parks funding agreement negotiated with the city. Together, these concurrent ordinances will ensure that we remain a “city of parks” for future generations.
The agreement secures an additional $11 million for parks annually for the next 20 years to be invested in long-term maintenance needs in our neighborhood parks. The agreement includes $3 million annually dedicated to operations so that our parks remain well-kept and maintained.
The following press release has been issued by Minneapolis on May 20, 2016.
City Approves Historic Funding Plan for Streets and Neighborhood Parks
Mayor Hodges and the City Council approved a landmark agreement that will equitably address needed funding to repave City streets and maintain neighborhood parks far into the future. The measure will provide $800 million over the next 20 years to help the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board keep up with needed maintenance and operations costs in an equitable fashion.
Under the plan, there would be $33 million in funding for City streets and neighborhood parks for up to 20 years to meet urgent, ongoing needs. About 82 percent of the funding would be paid through property tax increases, providing for:
- Street maintenance
- A guaranteed minimum annual funding of $21.2 million a year above the current City general fund expenditures for street capital projects.
- $800,000 increase in base budget for street maintenance beginning in 2017.
The following article by J. Patrick Coolican was published in the April 30, 2016 edition of the Star Tribune.
Gov. Mark Dayton, Speaker Kurt Daudt Renew Call for Transportation Funding
But not much closer; taxes and the Southwest LRT make final consensus difficult.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt softened their tone Friday and sounded hopeful about a transportation package they say is needed to fix crumbling roads and bridges.
But disagreements about where to find the money and mass transit — especially the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit — lurked just below the surface, complicating any path to a deal.
The division comes as lawmakers race in the legislative session’s three remaining weeks to complete unfinished work from 2015 on transportation and taxes, while also taking up a bonding package on infrastructure projects that will stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars.
The House GOP and Dayton and his allies in the DFL-controlled Senate are skirmishing about how to spend the state’s $900 million projected budget surplus, with Dayton and the Senate pushing for new spending on education and other priorities, while Republicans want to split the money between transportation and tax cuts.
To continue reading, click on the link to the Star Tribune
Gov. Mark Dayton, Speaker Kurt Daudt renew call…
The following report was aired today, May 4, 2016, on MPR.
Mpls. Park Board Pioneers New Formula for Allocating Upgrade Money
Matt Sepic | MPR News 2015
The playground in Longfellow Park in Minneapolis, seen here on Jan. 17, 2015, is one example of equipment seen by some as overdue for replacement. Matt Sepic | MPR News 2015