Busy week for parks issues

For those who keep an eye on issues surrounding the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the next couple of days will feature three meetings and hearings worth noting.

First is tonight’s regular Park Board meeting. As all first Park Board meetings of the month have been over the summer, tonight’s will not be held at the board’s West River Road headquarters. Rather, it will take place at Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. A listening session for the public to share thoughts and concerns about the parks is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the court battle between the Citizens for Independent Parks and the city of Minneapolis kicks off with an order to show cause hearing before Hennepin County District Judge Cara Lee Neville. The Citizens are hoping the judge will overturn the City Council’s decision to not place on the Nov. 3 ballot a question asking voters to expand the financial independence of the Park Board. The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. in courtroom 1853 at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St.

Also Thursday, the citizens’ advisory committee investigating the future of concessions at Lake Harriet will meet for the fifth time. It will be the first time the committee has met since July 13 and the first time new member Patty Selly, appointed by Commissioner Bob Fine, will take part in the discussion. The meeting, which is expected to be the group’s second to last, is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. at the Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 43rd St. W.

All of the above are open to the public.