Article by Rashard Zanders, highlighting Park Commissioner Rochelle 

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Who’s guarding the city’s jewels?
By: Rashard Zanders
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Originally posted 10/5/2005

A veteran commissioner explains why the upcoming park board elections deserve 
our close attention

Playfully scrawled beneath the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) 
website header are
the words “Playing for Life,” with each letter a different color. This suggests 
that the
stewardship of the city’s nearly 6,400 acres of parks and open greens paces is 
a light and fun
affair in which cordial and selfless commissioners staunchly defend our urban 
parklands against
threats from developers.

But the reality is different. A culture of backdoor wheeling and dealing now 
dominates the park
board, increasingly at the expense of the parkland, waters, and open green 
space the board is
entrusted to protect.


Jason Stone
Diamond Lake
Candidate for Park District 5
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