Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-121

Resolution Authorizing the Formation and Charge of an Appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan

Information

Department:Strategic PlanningSponsors:
Category:Master PlanProjects:No Project

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Gorge DRAFT CEP 1-22-18

Item Discussion

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

 

Whereas, To determine a responsive park program and layout that meets current and future recreational needs in the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, a park master plan will be developed;

 

Whereas, The MPRB desires broad representation and participation in the planning, development, and evaluation of park facilities, services, and programs;

 

Whereas, MPRB Code of Ordinances PB-11.4 states that the “Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shall cause a community advisory committee to be created; 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 authorize the formation and charge of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan with the following charge and composition:

 

CAC Charge:

The CAC shall become knowledgeable about the Master Plan project and its scope, understand and represent the park and recreation needs of the community and Mississippi Gorge Regional Park visitors, act as community liaisons for the project, participate in public CAC meetings, and advise MPRB staff and Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan consultants on preferred rehabilitation and recreation projects within the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, considering historical, cultural, visual, social, ecological and park safety impacts on parkland and the adjacent Mississippi River.

 

CAC Composition:

The appointed CAC shall be comprised of appointments from the following, for a total of 21 CAC members:

 

Appointing Person or Group

Number of Appointments

Park Board President Bourn

1

At Large Commissioner Forney

1

At Large Commissioner French

1

At Large Commissioner Vetaw

1

District 1 Commissioner Meyer

2

District 3 Commissioner Hassan

2

District 5 Commissioner Musich

2

Minneapolis City Council Member Gordon

1

Minneapolis City Council Member Warsame

1

Minneapolis City Council Member Johnson

1

MPRB staff

3

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood organization

1

Seward neighborhood organization

1

Longfellow Community Council

1

University/Prospect Park

1

University of Minnesota -Minnesota Student Association

1

TOTAL

21

 

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

 

 

Body

BACKGROUND

 

This action would establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the creation of a Master Plan for the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park.

 

Defined as the natural area that runs along the Mississippi River south of Bridge No. 9 to just north of Minnehaha Regional Park, this area is the only true gorge to occur along the Mississippi River.  In 1997, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Longfellow Community Council co-sponsored the preparation of A Concept Plan for the Mississippi River Gorge.  Recognizing that some of the east bank and all of the west bank of the Mississippi Gorge is owned by the MPRB and runs adjacent to the Longfellow neighborhood, the concept plan set a vision for the Gorge that balanced protection, restoration, and maintenance of this treasured natural area with recreational demands in and around the Mississippi River, which travels through the Gorge.

 

Fast forward twenty years and the Gorge is still at a critical point, as human use of the area has intensified, sensitive ecological areas have grown in size and scope in and around the Mississippi River, erosion impacts are ever more obvious, and the future of the river in this particular area is currently uncertain and subject to change, depending on what happens with the three locks and dams that lie nearby.  Because of these conditions, a Master Plan is needed to map out management strategies befitting very different river futures.  One future reflects the river as we know it today: with smooth flowing water owing to the lock and dam system that maintains the rate of flow.  The other possibility, should the locks and dams ultimately be removed, is a dramatic change in the rate of flow that will restore historically known rapids to the river and change its interaction with the natural space and life in and around it. Both futures need to be addressed in considering how best to manage, protect, preserve, and maintain the Gorge’s unique natural system, while recognizing the increasing recreational demands in the area and exploring the potential to expand them, where appropriate. 

 

The Master Plan will contain the following elements, in addition to following the Metropolitan Council’s Master Plan Requirements for the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan Update:

 

·         An overview of Mississippi River Gorge history that tells the story of conditions that have shaped it into what it is today

·         A detailed conditions assessment of the access points, trails, open spaces, shoreline, and altered areas (by either human activity or invasive plant communities) as well as a corresponding needs assessment for these areas

·         Recreational programming potential that reflects both possible river futures (with and without locks and dams)

·         Programming plans for different amenities within the Gorge (trails, river, beaches, open spaces, lookouts) as well as a management plan for natural spaces, including recommended improvements, phasing, and costs

The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan will take into account existing plans pertaining to its geography and environmental sensitivity, including the South Service Area Master Plan, the Ecological System Plan, the Natural Resources Management Plan, and other local and regional comprehensive plans.

 

Per an attached Community Engagement Plan for this project, an appointed Community Advisory Committee is recommended, based on the MPRB’s Community Engagement Policy, because the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan will set a vision and make recommendations for design, program, operations, and maintenance in approximately 132 acres of parkland along the Mississippi River in a nationally recognized recreation area.  The Gorge CAC will be primarily engaged in providing stakeholder feedback on Master Plan vision, goals, and objectives. This Plan will be prepared through an open, community-centered process and then brought to the CAC for review and final recommendation. Open houses, community events, engagement activities, and presentations to neighborhood organizations will be the primary engagement tools for this Plan. MPRB will collaborate with established neighborhood organizations, partner organizations whose scope and mission focus on Mississippi River management, and nonprofit service providers in the area to finalize the optimal community engagement methods around park visitors and stakeholders.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends the formation and charge of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan with the following charge and composition:

 

CAC Charge:

The CAC shall become knowledgeable about the Master Plan project and its scope, understand and represent the park and recreation needs of the community and Mississippi Gorge Regional Park visitors, act as community liaisons for the project, participate in public CAC meetings, and advise MPRB staff and Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan consultants on preferred rehabilitation and recreation projects within the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, considering historical, cultural, visual, social, ecological and park safety impacts on parkland and the adjacent Mississippi River.

 

CAC Composition:

The appointed CAC shall be comprised of appointments from the following, for a total of 21 CAC members:

Appointing Person or Group

Number of Appointments

Park Board President Bourn

1

At Large Commissioner Forney

1

At Large Commissioner French

1

At Large Commissioner Vetaw

1

District 1 Commissioner Meyer

2

District 3 Commissioner Hassan

2

District 5 Commissioner Musich

2

Minneapolis City Council Member Gordon

1

Minneapolis City Council Member Warsame

1

Minneapolis City Council Member Johnson

1

MPRB staff

3

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood organization

1

Seward neighborhood organization

1

Longfellow Community Council

1

University/Prospect Park

1

University of Minnesota -Minnesota Student Association

1

TOTAL

21

 

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:               Parks shape an evolving city.

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

 

 

 

Meeting History

Feb 7, 2018 5:10 PM  Planning Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jono Cowgill, Vice Chair, Commissioner District 4
AYES:Meg Forney, Jono Cowgill, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Londel French
Feb 21, 2018 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Meg Forney, Commissioner At Large
SECONDER:Steffanie Musich, Commissioner District 5
AYES:Brad Bourn, AK Hassan, Meg Forney, Londel French, LaTrisha Vetaw, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Jono Cowgill, Steffanie Musich