Nick Halter

New parks leader makes public trust a priority

On June 1, the commissioners of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board found themselves in a familiar position. They were in a hot debate over a surprise proposal to reforest the city’s North Side following the May 22 tornado that wiped out thousands of trees.

Commissioner Jon Olson, who represents the tornado-stricken area, wanted to send a message to his constituents. He asked the commissioners to support a resolution that would commit the Park Board to planting 2,000 trees in the area before the ground froze this fall.


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