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e <br />�O <br />Tod Edina City Council <br />From: _ City Manager Scott H. Neal <br />City of Edina <br />NEWID] <br />J <br />CC:. Braemar Golf Course Manager Todd Anderson, Braemar Arena Manager Doug Bauman, <br />Communications& Marketing Director Jennifer Bennerotte, Liquor Operations. Director Steve <br />Grausam, Art Center Director Diana Hedges, Edinborough Park Manager Ann Kattreh, Park & <br />Recreation Director John Keprios, Assistant Park & Recreation Director Ed MacHolda, <br />Assistant Finance Director Eric Roggeman and Centennial Lakes Park Manager Tom Shirley <br />Date: April 1, 2011 <br />Re: Draft 2010 -2011 Business Plan Updates <br />It is a common practice for city governments to operate parks and leisure facilities in a manner that <br />does not require these facilities to offer a financial return on investment onto recover 100 percent of <br />their annual operating costs. Parks and leisure facilities have been viewed for centuries by city <br />government leaders as essential for the livability of the city and for the physical, social and <br />psychological health of its citizens. For many cities, the provision of parks and leisure facilities for its <br />citizens is seen as one of the historically fundamental roles of a city government. <br />However, in 21 st century America, it has become a common,practice in city governments all over our <br />country to examine city government budgets with the purpose,of not only becoming more efficient, but <br />of also making a concerted effort to properly align who pays for,services with who benefits from the <br />services. This is not a difficult challenge for police protection, fire, suppression, land use regulation or <br />snow, removal. services. Alignment of who pays for services and who receives services is a challenge in <br />the Park &Recreation service area because it is both legally and operationally difficult to deny services <br />or access to non - residents or non - taxpayers. <br />Edinborough Park is ,a good example of. this challenge. By our own data, most of the customers'who <br />use Edinborough Park are not Edina residents, but all of the subsidy that is_ bquired to covehthe <br />operating deficit of the park comes from the City of Edina, which to date has been drawn froAthe ., <br />----- Edinborough/Centennial- Lakes- Fund. -Ifs- important- for_the City-Council-to ackn�owledge.this .non- __.__.__ <br />P p Y — - -- - <br />alignriient of who pays versus who is served and to provide olic direction to City staff regarding how <br />the facility should be managed given this service/support non - alignment. <br />The Council could take the same position as many cities would that the;City of Edina will provide <br />financial support for Edinborough Park because it is part of our pub_ lic park system that is enjoyed by, <br />the public without regard to residency, similar to the position taken by the Minneapolis Park Board with <br />regard to Lake Harnett or Lake Calhoun. Or the Council could take a position that Edinborough Park is <br />really more of a "recreational facility' than it is a traditional public park, and that the people'who use it <br />ought to pay 100 percent of the cost for it to be available and operational to them. Either_ position or a <br />hybrid of both is legally and morally defensible. But the clearer the position of the Council on this matter, <br />the easier it will be for staff to meet and set goals for the management of the facility that will be pleasing <br />to the Council. <br />