Park Board schedules ‘Missing Link’ hearings

The public is getting three opportunities to have its voices heard on a committee’s recommendation to fill in the missing link in the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System.

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board began investigating in 2006 the possibility of bridging the 3-mile gap between the parkways that end in Northeast and Southwest Minneapolis. Last June, the board formed a Citizen Advisory Committee, made up of residents and business owners, to discuss the location and design of the missing link and act as liaisons to their communities.

The committee presented its recommendations to the Park Board at its May 21 meeting. The route would begin at Stinson Blvd. and St. Anthony Parkway and head east along Gross National Golf Course. It eventually would follow 27th Ave. SE near the University of Minnesota campus and end at East River Parkway.

The committee also recommended several park locations to be spruced up around the missing link and spots for commercial opportunities.

Public hearings on the committee’s findings will be held at:
— 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the Park Board’s headquarters, 2117 W. River Road
— 6:30 p.m. June 23 at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE
— 6:30 p.m. July 1 at Windom Park, 2251 Hayes St. NE

The Park Board is expected to take action on the route this summer. More information on the missing link can be found at www.minneapolisparks.org.