Dayton restores Park Board funding in revised budget

Gov. Mark Dayton rescinded a proposed $3.77 million cut from Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board funding in his revised budget released Tuesday.

Dayton proposed the cut earlier this year due to concerns that the Park Board obstructed the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project. The restored funding proposal comes after the Park Board and Met Council reached an agreement on the project earlier this month.

The agreement was intended to put an end to the dispute between the board and council over the $1.6 billion project, which would extend the Green Line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.

Under the agreement, the Park Board dropped its pursuit of an alternative tunnel option and will have a more prominent role in future light rail projects. Met Council also agreed to reimburse the board for some of its engineering studies into tunnel options and staff time.

The Bottineau Blue Line extension to Brooklyn Park coming in 2018 will be the first test of the agreement.