Board of Commissioners Meetings

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Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners meetings are being held in-person at the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center, 3000 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth. The public is invited to attend and comment at the meeting on agenda items or during People Wishing to Address the Board.

If you would like to submit written comments in advance of the Board Meeting that will be shared with the Board, you may post them below in the comment box under the agenda item you wish to address or under People Wishing to Address the Board if it's a topic not on the meeting agenda. Comments received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Board Meeting will be shared with Commissioners at the meeting. The agenda for the upcoming Board Meeting is available for review within the Meeting Archive or by clicking the link below.

Click here for an archive of past Board agendas, minutes and audio recordings of meetings.

Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners meetings are being held in-person at the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center, 3000 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth. The public is invited to attend and comment at the meeting on agenda items or during People Wishing to Address the Board.

If you would like to submit written comments in advance of the Board Meeting that will be shared with the Board, you may post them below in the comment box under the agenda item you wish to address or under People Wishing to Address the Board if it's a topic not on the meeting agenda. Comments received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Board Meeting will be shared with Commissioners at the meeting. The agenda for the upcoming Board Meeting is available for review within the Meeting Archive or by clicking the link below.

Click here for an archive of past Board agendas, minutes and audio recordings of meetings.

  • May 16, 2024 Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The agenda for the May 16, 2024, Regular Board Meeting is available here.

    The Board Meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center, 3000 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth, MN.

  • Item 3A. People Wishing to Address the Board

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent’s Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED.



    Background Information:

    Any individual wishing to address the Board on subjects which are not part of the meeting agenda may do so at this time. Such items will typically be referred to staff for review, action and/or recommendation for future board action. The public will also be provided an opportunity to address the Board on items which are on the agenda at the appropriate time.

    If you would like to submit written comments in advance of the Board Meeting that will be shared with the Board, you may post them below in the comment box under the agenda item you wish to address or under People Wishing to Address the Board if it's a topic not on the Board Meeting agenda. Comments received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Board Meeting will be shared with Commissioners at the meeting.

  • Item 3B. Special Matters: Kevin Anderson, Hennepin County Commissioner-District 7

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED.


    Background:

    Kevin Anderson, Hennepin County Commissioner for District 7, will provide an update to Board Members on current county initiatives and projects impacting Three Rivers Park District.

  • Item 3C. Acknowledgement of Donations

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED; THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION.


    Prepared By: Sierra Spicer-Zimmerman, Donor Relations and Volunteer Supervisor


    Background:

    Commissioners and/or staff are encouraged to report any special matters, awards, recognitions, or other acknowledgements at this time.


    Acknowledgement of Donations

    The Board wishes to acknowledge the following donations to the Park District of $500 or more made in April of 2024.

    • Michael Stiegler: $5,000 for a tribute bench at Sochacki Park in memory of Jonathan Stiegler
    • Russell McCandless: $4,000 directed to First Tee Programs
    • Darlene Zurawski: $2,500 for recognition on the donor wall at Silverwood Park in memory of Johnny Angel
    • Adam Toppin: $550 directed to First Tee Programs


    The Three Rivers Park District Foundation provides ongoing support to the Park District through partnerships and directed donations. In April 2024, the Three Rivers Park District Foundation conveyed $9,535.08 for various purposes, including:

    • Prior Lake Rotary: $3,000 directed to Adapted Programming
    • Marroquin DePaolis Family Fund: $500 directed to Explorer Camps
    • Melanie and Scott Lund: $500 directed to Historical Interpretation and Parks and Trails



    Relationship to the System Plan:

    The Request for Action supports the following goal(s) of the System Plan:

    • Goal 1: You Belong Here
    • Goal 3: Lead by Example
  • Item 3D. Superintendent's Report

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED; THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION.


    Background:

    • 2024 Proposed Board Meeting and Study Session Calendar attached.
    • Calendar of 2024 Meetings and Events attached.



    Updates:

    • Staff Update on Audit by CliftonLarsonAllen
    • Special Park Districts Forum Update
    • Spring Lake Regional Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    • Metropolitan Council Sewer Work on Dakota Rail



    Attachments:

    2024 Proposed Board Meeting and Study Session Calendar.pdf

    Calendar of 2024 Meetings and Events.pdf

  • Items 4A - 4F. Routine Business

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    All matters listed under Routine Business are considered to be standard items by the Board of Commissioners and will be enacted by one motion. For background information about any of the items listed below, visit this link.


    Item 4A. Receive First Quarter Financial Status Report

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED.


    Item 4B. Receive Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Construction Progress Update

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED.


    Item 4C. Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund (ERF) Grant Agreement for Sochacki Park Classroom Development

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    MOTION TO APPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE FUND GRANT AGREEMENT CONTRACT NO. PR00005947 TOTALING $229,913 OF FUNDING THROUGH HENNEPIN COUNTY.


    Item 4D. Award of Construction Contract for Sochacki Park Classroom Development

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    MOTION TO AWARD A CONTRACT FOR THE FURNISHING AND INSTALLATION OF A CLASSROOM BUILDING IN SOCHACKI PARK TO MWP RECREATION IN THE TOTAL BASE BID AMOUNT OF $522,669.19 AND TO ESTABLISH A TOTAL CONSTRUCTION BUDGET OF $548,803 INCLUDING A FIVE PERCENT CONTINGENCY, WITH FINANCING FROM THE 2022 AND 2023 ASSET MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS.


    Item 4E. Board Minutes of April 18, 2024

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 18, 2024, REGULAR BOARD MEETING.


    Item 4F. Approval of Claims for the Period Ended May 9, 2024

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    MOTION TO APPROVE PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE PERIOD ENDED MAY 9, 2024, IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,296,256.73.

  • Item 5A. Approval of Metropolitan Council Equity Grant Agreements and an Update on Community Engagement Initiatives

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    MOTION TO APPROVE THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL EQUITY GRANT PROGRAM AGREEMENTS TOTALING $250,000.


    Prepared By: Amanda Fong, Community Engagement Supervisor and Mandy Whiteside, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement.

    Background:

    At their meeting on December 21, 2023, Commissioners authorized staff to submit applications for four initiatives as part of the Metropolitan Council's competitive equity grant program. At the Council's meeting on April 24, 2024, the Metropolitan Council approved a total of $250,000 in grant funding to Three Rivers Park District to support each of the four different initiatives.

    The breakdown of funding across the four initiatives is:

    • Brooklyn Center Farm to School Outdoor Internship Program - $75,000 (the capital portion of the initial request was not funded)
    • In-Park Bike Rental Stations - $50,000
    • Expanding Engagement with Latino Communities - $60,000
    • Water Safety Education - $65,000


    These funds will be available for use between April 25, 2024 - June 30, 2027.

    The grant agreements are attached to this Board Action. Additionally, staff have included the reference document provided in December 2023 with descriptions of each of the initiatives.

    These grant funds will allow Community Engagement and Outdoor Education staff to continue building relationships and connecting people to nature and our parks. The communities of focus, as identified through Park District research and the 2040 System Plan, include first-tier community members, people of color, new immigrants and refugees, and households with an average income of less than $50,000.

    For 2024, Community Engagement staff had previously secured $313,000 in grant funding to support their work. This is in addition to the Equity Grants included in this Board Action, bringing the total to nearly $500,000. The initiatives funded through all of these grants build on established programs and also provide opportunities to develop and pilot new efforts focused on removing barriers and increasing connections to nature.

    The success of these programs is due to building and sustaining relationships with many community partners. A list of current partners is included as a reference.

    A few program highlights that the community engagement team is working on this summer include:

    • Water Safety Workshops - A lack of confidence and comfort around water is the most common barrier to participation that staff have heard from community groups. Utilizing grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council, staff are developing a pilot program that will first provide water safety workshops in a pool setting and then take participants into the parks to learn and experience open water activities. The goal of this program is to improve confidence around water, expanding the opportunities available to participants in our parks.
    • Community Violence Prevention - We are in the second year of this initiative, with funding support through Hennepin County, working with community organizations to connect people impacted by violence to the healing power of nature. Staff continue to work with Innovative SOULutions and have added another partner, Giving it a Voice, to expand the effort and reach more community members. The program includes monthly park-based experiences and will soon include wellness-focused activities, as well.
    • Nature UpLift at French Park - Building off lessons learned through engagement efforts for the French Master Plan, a community liaison will be embedded at French Regional Park this summer to engage with existing park users and intentionally invite new users to the park to participate in a variety of activities. Working alongside researchers at the University of MN School of Public Health, staff will provide outdoor recreation and trail-based activities to African American and Black adult/child pairs participating in the study, capturing data to better understand the impact of nature and park-based activities on one's health and well-being.
    • Native Grandparents Club - An idea that grew out of conversations with a group of Indigenous women, this group will provide opportunities for grandparents and their grandkids to connect to each other and to nature in our parks. In addition to creating memories and enjoying park activities, there will be opportunities for elders to share of stories, history and culture with the younger generation of participants. This work is funded in part through a Hennepin County Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention grant.
    • Learn to Ride Cohorts - Continuing to offer and build upon a successful program teaching people how to ride bikes and utilize the regional trail network. Over the years, this initiative has evolved from working with youth to teaching adults, often women, to ride bikes. Once participants are comfortable on bikes, staff also lead group rides in the parks and on the regional trails. Many of the participants are reliant on these planned events because they don't have a bike of their own to ride. This was the impetus for exploring the idea of making bike rental/check-out stations available in the parks. The new Equity Grant funding will allow staff to explore this idea and test ways to make bikes more available to guests anytime they want to ride.


    In addition to these program highlights, the community engagement team continues to provide their core activities including camping opportunities, programs for Latino and Somali senior groups, and the Recreation Pass Plus fee assistance program. Staff will provide an update on the Recreation Pass Plus program at a future Board meeting.

    Relationship to the System Plan:

    The Request for Action supports the following goal(s) of the System Plan:

    • Goal 1: You Belong Here
    • Goal 2: Parks Matter
    • Goal 3: Lead by Example


    Attachments:

    Three Rivers Equity Grant Agreements.pdf

    Equity Grant Proposed Programs.pdf

    Current Community Partners.pdf

  • Item 5B. Legislative Update

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED; THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION.


    Background:

    The Superintendent (or designee) will provide a verbal update to Commissioners on current Park District legislative initiatives. A copy of the 2024 Legislative Platform is attached for Commissioners’ reference.



    Relationship to the System Plan:

    The Request for Action supports the following goal(s) of the System Plan:

    • Goal 1: You Belong Here
    • Goal 2: Parks Matter
    • Goal 3: Lead by Example



    Attachments:

    Legislative Platform.pdf

  • Item 6A. Commissioner Announcements/Proposed Future Discussion Topics

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Superintendent's Recommendation:

    NO ACTION REQUIRED; THIS ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION.



    Background:

    Commissioners are encouraged to share announcements and discuss ideas for future topics of interest.

    Attachments:

    Board Proposed Discussion Topics.pdf

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