Innovations in Recreation

Recreation is how we access the parks. Recreation is community. Recreation is public health. Tear down all barriers to free access of our parks!

Use the equity matrix from the Neighborhood Parks Plan to justly reallocate resources across the system, such as funding the Minneapolis Youth Sports Association and adaptive sports. The people must guide these political decisions.

Cooperation Across Governments

Your Park Board interfaces with every level of government, from the Minneapolis Planning Commission to the National Park Service. Park Commissioners must actively work these relationships to build new opportunities for Minneapolis residents and regional visitors. The stakes are too high for the status quo.

Trauma Informed Policing and Restorative Justice

The Minneapolis Park Police (established 1887) can empower alternative models of community safety. Mutual accountability builds strong communities.

  • Organize officers in cultural competency and mental health response and partner with a Youthline employee or social worker on all calls.
  • Ingrain de-escalation into department culture and transition away from firearms.
  • Update uniforms and patrol cars to reflect a more appropriate Urban Park Ranger mindset.
  • Obtain the Minneapolis Public Schools SRO (School Resource Officer) contract and cut the School to Prison Pipeline at the source.

Competent Management and Leadership

  • Don't fight City Hall. Minneapolis and the schools want to get crumb rubber and shredded tires out of our playgrounds. So let's do it. For the sake of our kids, why does the Park Board resist working together with municipal partners?
  • Healthy parks are happy parks. The parks employ our family members, friends, and neighbors. All of our public workers, regardless of full- or part-time status, deserve a living wage, paid family leave, fair scheduling, and earned sick and safe time.
  • Build a 21st Century Fixed Asset Management System. Measuring the right information leads to better informed decision making. We can develop objective environmental and community designated data points to quantify soil health, carbon sequestration, and intersectional park quality metrics. A well organized Park Board can use the capital improvement process to Take Climate Action for Racial Justice.

Triangle Improvement Plan

The Park Board manages 37 Triangles, one Circle and one Oval interspersed throughout our neighborhoods across the city, most of which are unimproved land.

Land Reform

Nearly 15% of the land in Minneapolis is under public control. The Park Board has a fiduciary, moral, and existential obligation to make land use decisions that actively promote the wellbeing of our city, planet, and its people.