Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-120

Resolution Suspending Board Naming Procedures and Authorizing Riverside Park to be Named Annie Young Riverside Park and the Portion of the Park that is Known as Lower Riverside Park to be Annie Young Meadow

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Item Discussion

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

 

Whereas, The Board of Commissioners has the authority to name park sites, center, shelters and other special features after an individual whom the Board has determined to have made a substantial contribution to the MPRB;

 

Whereas, Annie Young has served on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners representing the entire city faithfully and with distinction since January 1990, and is one of the two longest-serving Commissioners in Board history;

 

Whereas, Annie served as the park system’s de-facto historian by giving brief but much-appreciated presentations at the Board’s annual meetings;

 

Whereas, Annie served as Board Vice President January 2010 through December 2011 on all committees during her tenure;

 

Whereas, Annie has been a lifelong environmentalist, working to preserve and improve the land, trees, water and other natural assets that are the foundation of Minneapolis’ park system;

 

Whereas, Annie’s efforts to promote and develop environmentally beneficial approaches to operations and recreation activities throughout the park system included championing solar energy initiatives and the Clean Water Partnership, as well as an Integrated Pest Management Plan that led to a 95% reduction in the use of chemicals and pesticides in parks during her tenure;

 

Whereas, Annie has championed stewardship of the Mississippi River, and the parklands along it, including supporting restoration of the historic Stone Arch Bridge and Mill Ruins Park, which today are among the most-visited gems within the park system;

 

Whereas, Annie’s strong support for the Above the Falls Master Plan and the RiverFirst Initiative, which are reducing the industrial footprint along the river in favor of continuous park frontage, residential neighborhoods and job growth, included signing the final paperwork for acquisition of the riverfront Scherer site as acting Board President;

 

Whereas, Serving as an At-Large Commissioner, Annie supported District Commissioner initiatives in all six Districts, recognizing those Commissioners best knew the needs of their Districts;

 

Whereas, Annie demonstrated throughout her tenure her steadfast commitment to programs and services for children and young people;

 

Whereas, Recently Annie has promoted park and recreation center development that accommodates seniors and those who may have disabilities;

 

Whereas, Annie fully supported efforts to establish an equitable funding system for neighborhood parks through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan Ordinance.

 

Whereas, Naming after any individual may not take place until at least two years after the person’s name has been nominated in writing;

 

Whereas, Former Commissioner John Erwin submitted a letter nomination on December 21, 2005 to name Lower Riverside Park after Annie Young;

 

Whereas, Lower Riverside Park is a geographic location within Riverside Park, but not a separate park;

 

Whereas, The MPRB would like to recognize in a deeply meaningful way, the contributions and service of Annie Young to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; and

 

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

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners suspend Board naming procedures and authorize Riverside Park to be named Annie Young Riverside Park and the portion of the park that is known as Lower Riverside Park to be Annie Young Meadow; 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

 

This action considers the remaining of Riverside Park to Annie Young Riverside Park and the portion of the park that is called Lower Riverside Park to be Annie Young Meadow. Board policy allows the Commissioners of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to name park sites, centers and special facilities after an individual whom the Board has determined to have made a substantial contribution to the MPRB. The naming may not take place until two years after the person’s name has been nominated in writing.

 

On December 21, 2005 Commissioner John Erwin nominated that Lower Riverside Park named for Annie Young (Attachment A). Based on this letter, the two-year timeframe has been met. The letter specifies Lower Riverside Park, which is a geographic location within the Riverside Park and is not a separate park. Therefore, the name of the full park is considered in this action as well as a name for the portion of the park that is known as Lower Riverside Park.

 

The steps taken are within the requirements of existing Board Policy, however, they do not include all steps identified in board procedures. Therefore, the Board is asked to suspend Board procedure to adopt this resolution.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends suspending Board naming procedures and authorize Riverside Park to be named Riverside Park and the portion of the park that is known as Lower Riverside Park to be Annie Young Meadow.

 

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.