Dawn Sommers

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Community involvement now emphasized in Mpls Park Board planning



By Jamal Denman

Online Editor


Over the years, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has had its fair share of critics. Often the criticism has come from residents concerned about the amount of effort the Board and its members have put into providing resources to the community and maintaining park grounds and facilities. Some such critical sentiments were recently expressed in a story published in the MSR (“Youth sports build more than just muscle,” April 4, 2013), where youth sports coach and community leader Laverne Turner questioned if the MPRB’s actions were matching up with their claims of providing extensive programs and activities for youth. MPRB Communications and Marketing Manager Dawn Sommers agrees with Director of Recreation Centers and Programs Al Bangoura that such concerns were warranted some years ago. “We saw the story…and we appreciate [and] we understand his [Turner’s] criticism of the time,” said Sommers. Continue Reading →

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Many unaware of Park Board’s huge impact on inner-city youth

Candidates of color encouraged to run for commissioner seats
News Analysis

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The public positions on this November fifth’s Minneapolis municipal ballot to which candidates will be seeking election will include the mayor, 13 city council seats, and two seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation. All nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seats are on the ballot as well. The MSR recently randomly asked a few of our man-in-the-barbershop sources the following question: “What do you know about the Park Board, including the election of its commissioners?” Here’s what we heard. “Who are the commissioners? Where are they from?” asked Cameron Cook, 36. Continue Reading →

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