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Park Board Superintendent Al Bangoura presented his proposed 2022 parks budget last night. The headlines are an additional $2.6 million investment in young people (funded by property taxes and American Rescue Plan dollars), $11.5 million to support the 20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan, and utilizing the maximum property tax levy available (this is where the BET comes in), which amounts to an additional $20 on a $286k house. There will be two public meetings to give comments in November and another two in December.
The city's redistricting group met yesterday for a meeting. You can find a video here. The meeting included a brief tutorial on how to use Districtr, the tool we shared in Monday's email. (Youtube)
The City Council approved a $45k payout for a woman who was shot in the face with a police projectile while protesting last year. (Star Tribune)
Someone caught a 35" northern pike in Lake of the Isles last week. (Instagram)
An MPD officer was caught on video admitting that officers have been taking a "hands-off" approach to fighting crime. (MN Reformer)
The Park Board still need youth volleyball coaches! If you're interested or have questions, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUFF TO DO
The Era Footwork Crew will be performing at the Walker this weekend (also, did you know admission to the Walker is free from 5 - 9 PM every Thursday night?).
Bitzer and Burke is hosting their "nesting and entertaining sale" from 11 - 7 Thursday through Monday out of the Block Party Collective space at 9 W 43rd St.
Tenant opened up a bar next door to their restaurant at 43rd and Bryant called "Tenant Next Door". Looks like a pretty great space with some fun cocktails.
Artist Willie Cole will be giving an art talk at Mia on visual memory, subliminal memory, the African diaspora, the environment, and more in mid-November. Reservations for the program open today.