Keep the Minneapolis Park Board Separate from the City Council

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.

One thought on “Keep the Minneapolis Park Board Separate from the City Council”

  1. Thank you for your opinion on this matter. The parks get excellent service now and boast the lowest crime rate in the city per acre. Our system is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. We shouldn’t mess with that. When economic times get tough, it would be too easy to let people start purchasing land around golf courses, lakes, and other park areas that are now protected. Keep our park system number one and keep fighting as you are. Thank you very much for your support on this.

    Sgt Calvin Noble
    Patrol Supervisor
    Minneapolis Park Police Dept.

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