Final Two Candidates for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent

November 13, 2018 07:47 PM

The superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is an important position that comes with a lot of responsibility. The board operates 180 parks in Minneapolis, 65 pools, 13 golf facilities, seven off-leash dog parks, and two indoor ice arenas. The agency has an annual budget of more than $110 million dollars.

The superintendent oversees more than 550 full-time employees and nearly 1,200 temporary workers.


Interim Superintendent Mary Merrill is preparing to hand over the reins to a new superintendent. She says youth engagement to finishing the riverfront, the grand rounds and environmental issues will be several pressing issues the new parks and rec leader will face. 

"The whole issue around pesticide use and changing our carbon footprint. All of those issues I think are really important for this board," she said. 

The search for a new superintendent is down to two candidates. Seve Ghose currently works in Kentucky with Louisville Parks and Recreation. He's also worked for park systems in Davenport, Iowa, Portland and Springfield, Oregon. 

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Alfred Bangoura is currently the recreation superintendent for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He worked 19 years with Minneapolis Park and Recreation where he served as director of recreation centers and services. 

Merrill is the only person of color to have served as park board superintendent and one of these two finalists will be the second.

The Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is an important position that comes with a lot of responsibility. The MPRB oversees Minneapolis' park system which is comprised of 6,809 acres of parkland and water.  

Interviews are being conducted now and then hopefully by the end of the month, the board will make a decision.

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