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.
- Use the Minneapolis Public Schools MOU to teach kids to grow and produce food for summer feeding programs.
- Lobby the city and county to include affordable housing units at the Upper Harbor Terminal and Hall's Island development sites above the falls.
- Work with Mississippi National River and Recreation Area partners to capture outside resources and expand access to park facilities.
- Lobby MNDOT to plan and co-design the Farview Bridge and freeway lids downtown and at King Park.
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.
- Transition from an inefficient fossil fuel maintenance scheme to revenue neutral permaculture practices.
- Work with community groups like Adams Grove Community Orchard to immediately activate natural spaces.
- Use realized savings to improve county forfeiture land and spread democratically managed green space throughout our neighborhoods.
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.
- Let's start by using the Ecological System Plan to identify how and where to take climate action at scale and transition to fossil fuel free parks.
- Utilize the Park Board's resources and infrastructure to build soil health and divert stormwater runoff.
- Landmark golf course redevelopment like the Hiawatha Food Forest.
- Contract with Urban Indians, state, and federal governments for indigenous land management of Fort Snelling.