Minneapolis Ward 12 City Council Member, Sandy Colvin-Roy mentions is a recent newsletter that a proposed change the the Minneapolis City Charter could lead to the folding of the park board into the city council.
Sandy explains the issue:
Proposed Charter Changes; Park Board at Risk
Three changes to the Minneapolis City Charter have been proposed. Our city is a national leader on many fronts with the current form of government, notably the excellence of our parks, but some on the Council and in the media are suggesting that the system is too messy.
I have a strong reaction to the suggestion that we eliminate the elected Park Board: No. I do not want the same people who are charged with economic development to also be charged with preserving public access to our permanent natural resources – even if I am one of those people. I do not want anyone to feel forced to choose between more tax base and the precious open space that makes our city so special.
I agree. The park board and city council have competing interests.
Sandy is soliciting feedback from constituents on this issue. She can be reached at:
A vote is scheduled for Friday, so jump on this if it’s a topic you’re passionate about.