Playground equipment in a park surrounded by trees

Helping Brooklyn Park Invest in Green Space

We helped Brooklyn Park invest in green space.

In the fall of 2018, the Brooklyn Park City Council asked its residents to vote on a plan to:

  • reinvest in neighborhood and community parks,
  • improve the city’s trail system,
  • enhance the Community Activity and Senior Centers, and
  • protect natural resources in the community.

The Natural Resources Protection and Park Improvement Bonding Referendum appeared on the November ballot.

A local citizens group and The Trust for Public Lands had been working on the issue, connecting with our West Metro Regional Manager, John Anderson. Conservation Minnesota educated voters about the community benefits of the ballot measure.

Green land with river

Ensuring accessible and quality parks plays a major role in improving Minnesotans’ quality of life.

In the weeks before the election, Conservation Minnesota’s communications reached over 15,000 residents, ensuring they were aware of the Bonding Referendum and the impact it would have in their community. On Election Day, the referendum was supported by 63% of voters, approving critical investments in the community’s quality of life.

Conservation Minnesota’s regional managers have dramatically increased the organization’s ability to protect the Minnesota we love through work at the local level. By learning about the needs of each community and creating partnerships with local groups, we can quickly identify important opportunities to make a difference. We plan to work with the Trust for Public Land and other communities in the future to make similar investments in local parks and natural resources.