In February the LWVMpls Board of Directors voted to support the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s effort to put a referendum on this fall’s ballot that would help our neighborhood parks. Our parks face a $15 million per year budget shortfall. If a parks referendum is not passed, our parks could suffer an irreversible decline in quality that could lead to the closing of park buildings or the removal of equipment and other assets. Funds would be spent on investing in, repairing, and maintaining recreational facilities to benefit all neighborhoods.
The referendum would cost the average homeowner less than $6 per month and be in place for 20 years, a small price to pay to maintain, improve, and preserve our neighborhood parks for future generations to enjoy. The Board authorized participation in a citizen group, “Save Our Minneapolis Parks” which is helping get the referendum on the ballot and passed by the voters of Minneapolis.