2008 Park Board budget up for review

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s proposed 2008 budget is now avaible for public review. 

Residents with questions or comments are encouraged to attend a public input session at the board’s Administration and Finance Committee meeting on Dec. 5 at the Park Board’s headquarters, 2117 W. River Rd.

The session will begin after the full board and planning committee meetings, which are scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m., but could start earlier if time frees up.

The 2008 budget would include $55,305,321 for the board’s operating fund — 3.7 percent more than last year. According to the mayor’s recommended 2008 budget, the Park Board will receive less property tax money than they had requested and less local government aid, resulting in a tight budget.

Gurban included many fee increases in his budget recommendations, such as sailboat buoy rentals jumping from $300 to $400 and off-leash dog park permits rising from $25 to $35. He also recommended closing the ice skating rinks at Brackett, Waite, Shingle Creek, Harrison, Powderhorn and Loring parks and reducing open hours at recreation centers across the city. Additional, the report proposes promoting sponsorship from large companies like Toyota to help sustain programs and facilities.

Click here to check out Superintendent Jon Gurban’s proposed 2008 Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board budget.