Park Board hosts additional meetings on neighborhood park funding gap

Bryant Square Park is just one of many neighborhoods parks with aging facilities. It needs new field lighting and an athletic field. Credit: File photo

The city’s 157 neighborhood parks face a growing $111 million funding gap.

Each year, park leaders say these neighborhood parks need $14 million plus inflation to maintain assets like playgrounds and recreation centers. However, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board only receives about $5 million.

To address this funding gap, park leaders are planning a series of community meetings throughout the city for residents interested in weighing in on the future of their neighborhood parks. By December, commissioners expect to make a decision on a strategy for closing the gap, though some commissioners say a referendum for more tax revenue is the most likely outcome.

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Meeting schedule for Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks:

August
Monday, Aug. 3 – Public Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sibley Rec Center
Tuesday, Aug. 4 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Corcoran Rec Center
Thursday, Aug. 6 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Longfellow Rec Center
Monday, Aug. 10 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lake Nokomis Community Center
Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bottineau Rec Center
Thursday, Aug. 13 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Van Cleve Rec Center
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Luxton Rec Center
Wednesday, Aug. 26 – Public Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Loring Community Arts Center
Thursday, Aug. 27 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Windom NE Rec Center

September
Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Webber Community Center
Thursday, Sept. 17 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Logan Rec Center
Monday, Sept. 21 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Farview Rec Center
Thursday, Sept. 24 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Audubon Rec Center
Monday, Sept. 28 – Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Keewaydin Rec Center