PROPOSED 2015 MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD BUDGET CONTINUES FOCUS ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, SERVICE DELIVERY AND MAINTAINING PARK SYSTEM
Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 10
The Superintendent’s Recommended 2015 Budget for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) focuses on maintaining park services and facilities, strategically addressing financial and operational challenges, improving organizational efficiency and service delivery, and addressing Emerald Ash Borer and other threats to the urban tree canopy.
“The proposed budget includes the General Fund operating budget that reflects a 4 percent property tax increase and focuses on establishing a financially sustainable funding model, supporting ongoing operations, addressing threats to the urban tree canopy, continuing our work on equity across the park system, including racial equity, and implementing organizational changes that will improve efficiency and enhance service delivery. It reflects the MPRB’s commitment to sound financial management and strategic long-term planning,” explained Superintendent Jayne Miller. “It also includes the second year of a special levy dedicated to the removal and replacement of infested and distressed ash trees and replanting of trees lost during storms. The combined levies reflect a 4.9 percent property tax increase over 2014.” Read more
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Healthy activities abound at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park! InnerCity Tennis will be running their kid’s agility program in the street outside the park. Stop by and partake in the fun and learn about their weekly free Saturday Tennis Program for youth of all skill-levels right here in the bubble in MLK Park! At the Mosaic Garden plaza, just north of the building, a number of movement artists whose common connection is that they hold classes in Kingfield’s Center for Performing Arts will be holding drop-in classes and demos including:
- 12:00 Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
- 12:30 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
- 1:00 Instrument Making with Diedrich Weiss – Mini Guitar lessons and Jam session
- 2:00 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
- 2:30 Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
- 3:00 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
- 3:30 Instrument Making with Twin Cities Music Therapy
- 4:30 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
The park area south of the building will feature, in part:
- 12-2 & 3-5 Archery in the Park, a new MLK Park program!
- 12-3 Crafts In the Park led by Park Staff
- 12:00-5:00 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council Info Table
- 3:00-5:00 Bobby & Steve’s Youth Foundation Table
The Children’s Stage at MLK Park feature:
- 3:00-3:45 Teddy Bear Band (featuring the dancing Panda)
- 3:45-4:00 Story Time (providingFree books to all participants sponsored by Bobby & Steve’s)
- 4:00-5:00 The Resistors
Also pause while you are at the park to enjoy the enhanced Beloved Community Space, recently revamped and revealed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park Jr. Legacy Council. You can read more about the new space, this project, and the Council in the most recent edition of The Southwest Journal in an article titled More Than a Name.
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Saturday, August 23, 11AM- 4PM
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.
Join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual park event to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s free celebration will include musical entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors and the unveiling of the Beloved Community Project. Years in the making, the project includes a paved walkway, granite benches and landscaping around the Freedom Form II sculpture and a plaque marking its significance in the park.
The Beloved Community Project was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Legacy Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, and Chicago Fire Arts, partially funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Read more
August 10, 8:30 AM -1 PM, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South
Nicollet Ace Hardware is bringing their Canning Master to the Market this Sunday to show you all how it is done! Come meet Mary Woell and watched some cukes get canned. Still wondering if you can really do that all by yourself? Talk to Mary about registering for one, or all four, of the Fresh Food Preservation Classes, happening this fall at MLK Park, or register at the links below.
Two classes of the September Thursday evening classes are taught by Mary who is a personal chef, culinary teacher and demonstrator, and a master preserver through the U of MN Extension Service: Canning with Confidence and Fun with Fermentation. The other two classes are taught by Kingfield neighbor Marianna Padilla, who has been gardening in the neighborhood for over forty years and teaching organic vegetarian cooking for over 30: Preserving Your Garden: Freezing and Preserving your Garden: Dehydrating.
You can also take advantage of the entire series of preservation classes at one low discounted price. Preserving your garden utilizing both freezing and dehydrating methods to maximize freshness throughout the year. Canning with Confidence will give you a basic introduction and take it a step further using fermentation to can sauerkraut for years of enjoyment. Our Gardening Masters will show you hands-on methods they have developed over a lifetime of working in their backyard gardens! Register for the series of 4 classes here:https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/41600
The Garden Preservation Program is a partnership between KFNA and MLK Park.
Basketball Camp #38959
Monday, July 28 – Thursday, July 31
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
Ages: 8 – 13
Fee: Resident: $100 / Non-Resident: $140
This camp will give players the opportunity to learn new basketball skills and how to apply them in game situations. Players of all levels that are looking to enhance their ball handling and shooting skills will enjoy this fun, noncompetitive environment. Coaches will also address the importance of proper conditioning and training in order to play basketball at a higher level.
Register for programs at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/home
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is holding a public hearing for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Playground concept plan. The hearing will be held on July 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor board room of MPRB Headquarter at 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis. The draft concept plan and play equipment designs are the result of an extensive community engagement process that included more than 150 individuals, including more than 60 youth. A guiding design theme for the concept and play equipment is celebrating and honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American history. An artist team worked with the community, MPRB staff and design consultants to bring this theme into the playground design.
“I am thankful to everyone that participated in the planning for the new playground and look forward to celebrating with the community its opening in 2015,” said Commissioner Brad Bourn, 6th Park District.
The development of the concept plan included six community meetings, events in the park, community surveys and public consultations at Sabathani Community Center and Kingfield’s Farmer’s Market. Spanish interpreters were provided, as needed, at community meetings and at the Sabathani Community Center consultations. In addition, postcards, surveys and flyers were developed in English and Spanish. Individuals have also been able to track the project through regular email updates, mailings and online information. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Organization assisted with notification and community engagement throughout the development of the concept design.
All those attending the public hearing will have an opportunity to review the plans and share their comments with the Planning Committee of the MPRB Board of Commissioners. If you are interested in speaking, you may sign up until 6:25 pm. on the day of the hearing. If you require language translation or other accommodations, please call 612-230-6472 at least two business days prior to the hearing.
Learn more about the project, view the concept plans or make a donation towards the playground on the