Region's parks push for level playing field

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON and KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 12, 2012 - 7:55 PM

A vast imbalance in visits to city and suburban parks has Minneapolis racing to meet demand and south-metro counties struggling to attract visitors.

  • 16
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
viktorvaughnAug. 11, 1211:05 PM

The best thing Minneapolis did was reserve the public right-of-way around the lakes.

22
0
furguson11Aug. 12, 1212:33 AM

Not a big surprise, Minneapolis attracts everything from theater goers to the homeless. Available big city amenities and all. They could just raise the parking fees.

4
0
geskepaperAug. 12, 12 1:28 AM

It would be great to have these opportunities closer. When will Lake Waconia have pedestrian, bicycle and skater public improvements?

7
0
mnpls123Aug. 12, 12 8:50 AM

Mnpls should require permits/passes to use our parks. They are free to Mnpls taxpayers and everyone else can pay a fee. Those that live in low tax areas like Edina, SLP or Golden Valley can pay a hefty fee to use our parks or they can stay home and use the parks/trails that do not exist in their cities.

4
8
ephrakerAug. 12, 12 8:51 AM

I am glad that people are taking advantage of the parks but I do sometimes miss the good ol' days when the lakes were less traveled. It kind of feels like an amusement park these days.

5
0
mn1nativeAug. 12, 12 9:41 AM

mnpls123 - Downtown and its tax base would not exist if not for suburban workers.

5
10
bullwinkleAug. 12, 12 9:47 AM

While there are many nice parks and bike paths in Carver, Scott and Dakota Counties, there's something special about being around the people, beautiful old houses and lakes in Minneapolis.

7
1
mnpls123Aug. 12, 1211:09 AM

mn1native - the suburbs would not exist if it weren't for Minneapolis and its downtown.

11
7
rshacklefordAug. 12, 1211:11 AM

Where in this article is the opinion of the Anoka County worker whose employees recently bot him some uber-park-manager award? Does his opinion STILL not matter to you? C'mon Trib. Show some respect by at least asking him to weigh-in. It is always Three Rivers, Mpls, Dakota, all but Anoka County.

1
5
rambler89Aug. 12, 1211:19 AM

By all means let Minneapolis charge fees for park use--as long as the suburban parks go back to doing it too, at least for those parks that, unlike those reported in the story, are in fact overcrowded. French Regional Park in Plymouth was a major amenity when I first moved in near it. Since they dropped the $25 annual / $4 daily fees, the park hasn't been worth bothering with unless you like recreating around a mass picnic/fish-in and being indiscriminately bothered by the cops they now have to send in all the time to show the flag and keep things under control.

4
1

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT