MPRB Considers New Ordinance Requiring Equity Criteria to Select Regional Park and Trail Projects

Public hearing set Aug. 9 on new Regional Park & Trail ordinance similar to 2016 Neighborhood Park ordinance

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, 6 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, to consider the addition of Chapter 18 to the MPRB Code of Ordinances. 

Chapter 18 would require the use of equity criteria to select projects in the Minneapolis Regional Park System. The equity criteria system proposed in Chapter 18 is similar to the one used for Neighborhood Park project selection, which was approved in 2016 by MPRB Commissioners. That ordinance is available online: Chapter 17 of the MPRB Code of Ordinances. If approved, the regional equity criteria system would begin with the 2018-2023 Minneapolis Regional Park and Trail Capital Improvement Plan.

Chapter 18 proposes that two regional facilities—Above the Falls Regional Park and the Grand Rounds Missing Link—be considered “Regional Opportunity Facilities.” These two would receive 25% of regional capital funds every year. The remainder of the regional funds would go to the other 17 regional parks and trails based on their equity ranking under eight criteria.

Regional vs Neighborhood Parks

It’s important to distinguish Minneapolis’ regional parks and trails from its network of 160 neighborhood parks. Regional parks and trails like Above the Falls, Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha and Theodore Wirth serve many people from outside Minneapolis and are eligible for funds from the state and Metropolitan Council.

Neighborhood parks are primarily funded by local tax dollars and predominantly serve nearby residents. To find out if a park is classified as regional or neighborhood, visit the MPRB Parks & Lakes page. Parks with an asterisk* next to their name are regional.
Public Hearing and Next Steps

Individuals who would like to speak to the Board of Commissioners about the new proposed ordinance can sign up to speak during the public hearing any time before 6 pm on the day of the hearing.
The proposed chapter will be read twice by the Board of Commissioners: first on Aug. 9, 2017, after the public hearing, and again at the Aug. 16, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting. After the second reading on Aug. 16, Commissioners will vote on the ordinance. To read the ordinance, follow the link to Resolution 2017-244 below.

Resolution 2017-244

Adding Chapter 18 of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Code of Ordinances – CRITERIA BASED SYSTEM FOR CAPITAL AND REHABILITATION REGIONAL PARK AND TRAIL PROJECT SCHEDULING

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