ASSURE EGALITARIAN ACCESS
I believe in the egalitarian access to our parks, void of barriers: physical as well as social, economic, cultural and political. As a Metropolitan Council Appointee to the SouthWest Light Rail Transit (SW LRT), I have advocated for stronger access to and from our Park amenities that are safe, welcoming, and seamless. My representative work on the Above the Falls Committee translated into more open space for the riverfront, thereby, enhancing our north and northeast communities. Likewise, the Midtown Greenway, on whose original Board I served, has delivered to underserved mid-city users of the system an extensive alternative venue.
ENSURE FISCAL VIABILITY
I will combine my passion for parks with what I have learned about efficiency and effectiveness from working with city, county, state and business groups. I will be fervent in seeking additional, alternative funding to maintain our #1 status, ensuring financial sustainability to continue to provide access to all. I will continue to build bridges through collegial relationships with multi-jurisdictions to solve problems together.
ADVOCATE FOR OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
I will continue to advocate for the quality of life in Minneapolis that our Park System provides. My passion and leadership during 35 years of civic service has been to continue the tradition of providing green and open space for our urban livability. Each resident of Minneapolis is within six blocks of a park - my goal is to enhance these assets by breaking the barriers that exclude some from the use and enjoyment of our park system. Equity in our city is critical for it to grow and all to prosper.