Made Minneapolis more FUN

  • bringing swimming docks back to our lakes
  • creating new scholarship programs that allow inner-city kids to learn to swim, sail, and cross-country ski
  • bringing much needed repairs to playgrounds, wading pools, tennis courts and fields in Southwest Minneapolis
  • creating “open swim” areas in our lakes

GREENER and HEALTHIER parks

  • working on ordinance changes to make all Park Board events zero-waste
  • requiring more healthy options in our park vending machines
  • making playgrounds, fields and gardens Tobacco-Free
  • working to create an urban agriculture policy to allow community gardening in parks
  • creating strong policies to stop the spread of invasive species in our lakes

STEWARDSHIP of your tax dollars

  • Streamlining management and shifting savings to our park keepers, front line employees, and vital infrastructure upgrades

Increased INCLUSIVITY 

  • working on anti-bullying policies in coordination with the Minneapolis Public Schools
  • ensuring that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board passed a resolution opposing the divisive amendments limiting the freedom to marry
  • supporting efforts to keep events like Pride and the Big Gay Race in Minneapolis Parks

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS

  • reconstructing the Linden Hills wading pool and tennis courts
  • bringing new athletic fields to Pershing Park
  • securing over $250,000 for playground improvements at Martin Luther King Park
  • creating the only off-leash dog park in southwest Minneapolis

Expanded VOLUNTEERISM

  • creating the framework for an Urban Conservation Corps in Minneapolis to engage hundreds of Minneapolis youth and young adults in much needed work for the parks, while preparing them with the high-level skills necessary to compete for great jobs here in Minneapolis
  • increasing opportunities for young adults to volunteer in our parks