The CAC also invites nominations for sites in the Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods
Do you know of a spot in south Minneapolis that would be perfect for a dog park? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Sixth Park District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee(CAC) is now offering the public an opportunity to nominate a site for a dog park and wants to hear from you. Convened to recommend a preferred location and design for a dog park in the Sixth Park District, the CAC now invites nominations for possible dog park sites in the Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods, as well as within the Sixth Park District service area. While this area is outside
the CAC’s charge, the CAC is interested in determining whether a suitable site exists within these neighborhoods. If one is identified, the CAC would include it as part of its recommendations to the board.
On the west side of I-35W in the Sixth Park District, the service area lies north of Minnehaha Creek, south of E 35th St. and east of Lake Harriet. Field, Regina, Bryant and Central neighborhoods, on the east side of the freeway, are bounded by Lake St on the north, Chicago Ave on the east, and Minnehaha Creek on the south. The CAC is taking nominations through noon on May 13.
Any member of the public, as well as CAC members, park staff or elected officials, may offer a site for consideration. Nominated sites must be within the designated service area, as noted above. Please note that nominations for sites within Dr. Martin Luther King Park will not be accepted.
All nominations must be received by noon on May 13. Along with the address and general description of the site, the nomination should include a brief rationale—no longer than four paragraphs—for the site being used as a dog park. Send nominations to Jennifer Ringold at firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-230-6506 (fax), or by postal mail to:
6th District Dog Park Citizen Advisory Committee
c/o Jennifer Ringold
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Nominations will be forwarded to the CAC, which will evaluate the sites using the group’s approved criteria. The adopted criteria the CAC will use to evaluate the sites include ease of access; safety; appropriate geographic features such as size, available shade, and a grade not exceeding 12%; minimum environmental impacts; and minimum impacts on neighbors and adjacent uses.
The next meeting of the CAC will be held May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road. All are welcome to attend, and the agenda will include an opportunity for public comment.
To learn more about the Sixth Park District Dog Park project, visit the MPRB’s Dog Park project page. To view CAC between-meetings discussions among the CAC members, check out the online forum.