WHY I AM RUNNING FOR RE-Election TO THE MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD:
Every day, Minneapolis residents enjoy the benefits of the farsighted vision of the city's founding families. Visionaries like Horace Cleveland, who knew that a great city has to have great parks and that the policy governing those parks should be the focus of a board of people committed to being stewards of that legacy.
I am running for re-election to the park board because I am fully committed to ensuring that the parks implement policies that enable the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board to continue to adapt to park users' needs as those needs change and evolve. These policies need to also allow for sustainable growth and thoughtful maintenance of existing properties and amenities.
Many park lovers don’t have the time to dedicate to understanding the minutiae of how the park system they care so deeply about works. I pride myself on my familiarity with the system and my ability to procure answers to questions posed by other park users that I haven't been asked before. Constituent services are an important part of the work that I do as a commissioner.
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Since my swearing in in 2014, the park board adopted several long term master plans for parks in my district. As the commissioner that helped shape those plans, I have a unique knowledge of the community engagement that took place, what portions of the plans are most desired by residents and park patrons, and what resources are available to help implement them.
Since the flooding of Hiawatha Golf Course in 2014, I have been working closely with staff to ensure that a comprehensive planning process is followed. Following the discovery of groundwater pumping in excess of permitted levels, I have continued to advocate for a holistic look at the site's role in the city and the park system. My desire is to follow this process through to the implementation of a long term plan for the course that will be sustainable for generations of park users.
The 5th District Dispatch and my commissioner facebook page have allowed me to expand the volume of information residents of the district are receiving about the parks in the area of the city that I represent. Continuing to help constituents remain engaged in park planning projects is an integral component in the creation of new and improved park spaces and is a big part of the work that I do as a commissioner.