Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2013-112

Resolution Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Council and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center for Installation of an Interpretive Marker and Three Metal Fabrications for Benches at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park

Information

Department:Strategic PlanningSponsors:
Category:ContractProjects:No Project

Attachments

  1. Attachment A. - MOU Beloved Communtiy Project (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  2. Attachment A. Exhibit A - Budget
  3. Attachment A. Exhibit B - Community Engagement Policy
  4. Attachment A. Exhibit C - Timeline (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  5. Attachment B - Freedom Form No 2 Site Plan

Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of Minneapolis Parks;

 

Whereas, The MPRB is the owner of a parcel of property located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and named the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park;

 

Whereas, The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (Center) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council (Council) received $15,000 in grant funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commissioner to engage the community, design, fabricate and install an interpretive marker and three metal fabrications for benches (Project) near the Freedom Form No. 2 sculpture at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park;

 

Whereas, The Center and Council have worked with MPRB staff to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to articulate the installation and maintenance responsibilities associated with the Project;

 

Whereas, Per the MOU, the MPRB will not incur any maintenance responsibilities for the Project; and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs”;

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center for installation of an interpretive marker and three metal fabrications for benches at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park; and

 

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

 

 

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BACKGROUND

 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council and the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center wrote and received a $15,000 grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Commission (MRAC) for an interpretive marker and three metal fabrications for benches at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The marker and metal fabrications will complement work the MPRB will do this spring/summer to install sidewalks and benches near the Freedom Form No 2 sculpture. The collective project is called The Beloved Community Project. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Attachment A) that the Board is asked to consider directs the community engagement, design, fabrication and maintenance for the interpretive marker and metal fabrications for the benches.

The Beloved Community Project is envisioned to augment the site features (sidewalk and benches) that were planned as part of the relocation of Freedom Form No. 2 (See Attachment B for site plan). Community members will be asked to help with the design and fabrication of the interpretive marker and metal fabrications. The metal fabrications will be designed to function as backs for the granite bench slabs. The Legacy Council has recommended that $10,300 of the funding the Park Board allocated to King Park be used for the installation of the sidewalk and benches.

The MOU has been reviewed by legal counsel and has a five year term. If approved, community engagement would begin this winter/spring. Installation would be complete by June 30, 2013.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTIONS

Resolution 2011-096              Resolution to approve the phase I recommendations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Park and to accept the final committee report

RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center for installation of an interpretive marker and three metal fabrications for benches at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Vision Theme 3:              Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.

Goal:              Park facility renewal and development respects history and focuses on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility, and beauty.

Meeting History

Jan 16, 2013 5:10 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Liz Wielinski, Commissioner District 1
AYES:Anita Tabb, Liz Wielinski, Scott Vreeland
ABSENT:Bob Fine, Jon Olson
Feb 6, 2013 4:30 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Scott Vreeland, Commissioner District 3
SECONDER:Bob Fine, Commissioner At Large
AYES:Brad Bourn, John Erwin, Bob Fine, Carol A. Kummer, Anita Tabb, Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, Annie Young
ABSENT:Jon Olson