Met Council seeks applicants for parks

Metropolitan Council regions
Metropolitan Council regions

The Metropolitan Council is seeking applicants for the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, which helps develop long-range plans for metro area regional parks, park reserves and trails.

All nine seats on the commission are up for consideration as a result of legislative redistricting in 2013. Eight citizen members on the commission represent geographic districts in the region. The chair serves at large.

Forest Lake, Columbus, Scandia, Linwood, Lino Lakes and Hugo are part of District F, which extends east to the St. Croix River and also includes White Bear Lake, Stillwater and Woodbury.

Candidates must live in the district for which they apply. The term for District F ends in January 2017. The committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the council’s offices in St. Paul.

Interested individuals must return a completed application form to the Secretary of State’s office by Sept. 24. They must also attend one of three public meetings in October to address the appointments committee of the Metropolitan Council. The public meetings are all scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Oct. 1 meeting will be held at the Metropolitan Council’s St. Paul office, 390 Robert St. N. The Oct. 8 meeting will be at Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Pkwy. S. The Oct. 15 meeting will be at Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

Following the public meetings, the committee will recommend appointments to the Metropolitan Council for consideration, most likely at the Nov. 13 meeting.

Commision members are not paid but may be reimbursed for parking. Members of the Metropolitan Council, or any metropolitan agency or judicial office, cannot serve on the commission.

For more information contact Arne Stefferud at 651-602-1360, or [email protected], or visit the council’s website at

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council runs the regional bus and light rail system and Northstar commuter rail, collects and treats wastewater, coordinates regional water resources, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide low-income housing opportunities. The council board is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the governor.