The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will vote Oct. 19 on creating event fees for the Stone Arch Bridge and the Plank Road in front of the Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St.
Park Board General Manager Don Siggelkow said the Park Board had received several requests to rent the Plank Road and Stone Arch Bridge but did not have appropriate policies in place.
The proposal was triggered in part by General Mills’s event held at the Mill City Museum earlier this year, he said. The event closed the Plank Road — part of West River Parkway — but the Park Board had not established a fee.
According to the proposal, Plank Road rental would cost $1,500 per event, plus 15 percent commission on food and beverages sold and 5 percent commission on rental equipment. It would require a minimum of two park police for the event.
The Stone Arch Bridge rental would cost $1,000 per event, and require a similar commission on food, beverages and rental equipment. It also would require the organizers to keep a pedestrian/bike lane open to the public, with the event area being barricaded from the public.
The deal would give Mintahoe Catering exclusive catering rights for the two venues.
Sigglekow said during an Oct. 5 committee discussion that some Commissioners questioned whether the Park Board should allow such events at all.
Commissioner John Erwin said he could support closing the Plank Road for events, but he has real concerns about the Stone Arch Bridge. “There are some things in the park we should not commercialize,” he said. “That bridge would be one of those.”