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PARKS, RECREATION & NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY <br />BOARD <br />MINUTES <br />April 19, 2017 <br />Co -Chair Bill Gordon called the meeting to order at 6:08p.m. at Palisades <br />Present: Co -Chair Bill Gordon, Co -Chair Scott Bullard, James Stupfel, Heidi Schrimsher, <br />Charles Aubin, Todd Van Rysselberghe, Mark Hoyt (arrived at 7:40), <br />Absent: Chris Stewart, Tom Widden, Rhys Richmond, Youth Member, Skip O'Neill, Council <br />Liaison <br />Staff: Ivan Anderholm, Director of Parks & Recreation, Jan Wirtz, Superintendent of Parks <br />& Recreation, Bruce Powers, Parks Analyst/Project Manager, and Dina Balogh, Parks <br />& Recreation Administrative Assistant <br />Guests: Sarah Ellison, Donald Mattersdorff and 30 Hallinan Heights Neighborhood citizens. <br />APPROVAL OF MINUTES <br />The Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PARKS Board) reviewed and unanimously <br />approved the corrected minutes from March 15, 2017. <br />Citizen Comment <br />None <br />CITY COUNCIL UPDATE <br />None <br />REGULAR BUSINESS <br />Hallinan Woods Update: <br />Bill Gordon welcomed the Hallinan Heights neighbors in attendance. Over 30 neighbors attended the <br />board meeting to show their unified support in favor of the purchase of the Yates property. The <br />neighbors mailed over 800 post cards to board members and the City Council. Over 400 LO residents <br />signed a petition. The Hallinan Woods neighbors have presented their request at the last three Parks <br />Board meetings. The board is familiar with the project and request. <br />Sarah Ellison and Donald Mattersdorff requested to speak on behalf of the neighborhood. Following the <br />presentations the board and staff will discuss the proposal. The board will ask for a motion and vote <br />tonight. <br />Sarah thanked the board for allowing her to speak and consider the proposal. She told the board that <br />there are only 12 acres of parkland in a half mile radius to the neighborhood. Including Hallinan woods. <br />The Yates property is a perfect opportunity to increase parkland access to the neighborhood. Hallinan is <br />a densely populated neighborhood. The Watershed Council supports the expansion of the natural area. <br />The Hallinan neighborhood told the board that the purchase meets the criteria in the Parks Plan 2025 <br />and SDC methodology. Parks Plan 2025 identifies the need to prioritize park land within half a mile of <br />