May 2013 Meeting

Our meeting started with further discussion of Thrive MSP 2040 started last month.

April 2013 Meeting

This month's meeting was held on the site of the previously discussed proposed Kingswood Special Recreation Feature. We had a chance to tour various areas of the site, including the old cart path along a glacial esker that would become part of a regional trail, a beach on the lake, hiking trails, and the campground and picnic area. I've posted photos from that tour online.

March 2013 Meeting

I also chaired the meeting this month, as Dean Johnston was still away on vacation. Our first business item was reimbursement consideration for a bicycle and pedestrian trail bridge over I-35W in Lino Lakes. This spot is interesting as it has some parallels to the I-35W crossing at Highway 96. In this case, the existing highway bridge will need to be replaced "eventually", but there's no sign of that happening soon, so Anoka County determined that it made more sense to build a separate bridge to carry the Central Anoka County RT over the freeway.

February 2013 Meeting

This was my first meeting chair in Dean Johnston's absence, so that was fun. Our primary item of business was an amendment to the Regional Parks Policy Plan adding "Kingswood Special Recreation Feature" in the Three Rivers Park District. This is a property that was formerly a church camp and has been offered for sale to the park district. Adding the feature to our policy plan is the first step before any acquisition and development could occur.

January 2013 Meeting

For the start of the new year, one item of business was for the chair of the commission to appoint a new vice-chair to run meetings when he is absent, and I'm excited to say he chose and the commission approved me for that position.

December 2012 Meeting

This meeting revisited the changes to the Acquisition Opportunity Fund grants previously discussed in June, July, August, and September of this year. All comments submitted in the public hearing process was in support of the changes, including testimony from both Ramsey and Anoka Counties, and as such the changes were approved.

Lifetime fishing and hunting licenses

For reference, this is what I sent (minus typos) to a handful of legislators involved in fish & game policy today. If you agree, I'd encourage you to write to your own to suggest they support such a change.

Reminder: December meeting moved

If you were intending to make a presentation to the Commission this month, note the different date from our usual schedule.

Per Sandi Dingle:

Just a reminder that the regularly scheduled Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 4pm has been moved to Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 4pm. An agenda an related materials with be posted/sent out one week prior.

Ramsey County approves TCAAP parcel purchase

If you haven't heard already, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a 430-acre parcel of land on the west side of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant property in Arden Hills. This is good news for area park users, as it puts us one step closer to getting another part of that property turned into parkland. At present, 113 acres in the northwestern corner of the area is currently parkland as part of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail and Rice Creek Water Trail.

November 2012 Meeting

We approved two new master plans in Dakota County, for trails that connect with each other in the Rosemount area. The first is the Rosemount Greenway, and the second is the Vermillion Highlands Greenway.

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