Theater of Public Policy will take on parks funding discussion at forum

The Theater of Public Policy will mesh its politically driven comedy with the pressing issue of park budget shortfalls at a July 23 forum.

The Minneapolis-based improv group will interview Superintendent Jayne Miller and perform at the next Riverfront Vitality Forum, a quarterly series hosted by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. The event will focus on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s plans to fund its 157 neighborhood parks and expand parkland.

Park staff estimate that these parks face a $111 million budget gap in funding and maintaining assets like wading pools, playgrounds and recreation centers. Park leaders say neighborhood parks need $14 million plus inflation each year to maintain assets, yet the board only has about $5 million for maintaining those features each year.

The forum will take place Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Open Book, 1011 S. Washington Ave. Tickets are $5.