Our Future Goals

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was the first governmental unit to support a constitutional amendment to dedicate funding for clean water, fish and wildlife habitat protection, parks and the arts. Jon Olson was at the forefront of working on this legislation, and after a 10-year effort, this measure was passed by the legislature and approved by the voters. The legislature appropriated $5.9 million over the next two years for the Minneapolis regional parks, and Jon Olson will work to ensure North Minneapolis receives priority in allocating these Constitutionally Dedicated Legacy Funds.

The Theodore Wirth Beach area has received $957,000 to improve its beach house. Jon Olson is supporting an initiative to use Legacy funds to complete the upgrade of Theodore Wirth Recreational Area with a splash pad, picnic areas, and other regional park amenities.

With Jon’s advocacy, the 2010 National Recreation and Park Association Conference will install at tot lot demonstration project in the North Loop. Jon is working hard to renovate the tot lots at Glengale and Perkins Hill in 2010. In response to constituents’ desires, he is working to create dog parks at Perkins Hill and 47th and Osseo Road.

Jon is the driving force behind a new RBI/Legion baseball field currently being installed at Shingle Creek at 51st and Penn.

He is also working hard with his colleagues and an extensive group of other governmental units and organizations to complete the Above the Falls Master Plan.

He is collaborating closely with the Victory Neighborhood Association, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minneapolis Public Works to install a new trail and plaza at Ryan Lake to complement the fishing pier.

The new Community Service Areas model will allow us to work more closely with communities to ensure youth programming for young and older teens will continue to evolve to meet their needs.

Jon has been a relentless advocate for redeveloping the Webber Swimming area, and that is planned for 2011. He will be working closely with the surrounding communities, over the next two years, to secure their input in planning.