Innovations in Recreation
Recreation is public health. Tear down all barriers to free access of our parks!
The soon-to-be-formed Minneapolis Youth Sports Association and the recently passed Neighborhood Parks Plan are generational opportunities to equitably reallocate public resources. We can expand arts and recreation options and pursue adaptive sports We must also plan to build, fund, and maintain enough space to make it happen. 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.
- Partner with Hennepin County and Minneapolis Parks Foundation to build affordable housing "habitat" at Hall's Island. PeopleFirst, RiverSecond.
- 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 Land 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.
- Partner with a Youthline employee or social worker on all calls.
- Ingrain de-escalation into department culture and transition away from firearms.
- Obtain the Mineapolis Public Schools SRO (School Resource Officer) contract.
Competent Management and Leadership
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. Healthy parks are happy parks.
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.
- Design the upcoming Ecological System Plan to take climate action at scale and transition to pesticide free parks.
- Utilize the Park Board's resources and infrastructure to build soil health and divert runoff from the sewer system.
- Landmark golf course redevelopment like the Hiawatha Food Forest.
- Contract with tribal, state, and federal governments for indigenous land management of Fort Snelling.