The Devin for Parks Agenda

Devin standing on top of a round hay bale with shovel.

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.

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.

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.