Minneapolis Park Board takes first steps to downsize homeless tent camps
Crisis at Powderhorn Park spurs changes at homeless sites across the city
July 17, 2020
The Minneapolis Park and& Recreation Board began taking steps Thursday to shrink homeless encampments at Powderhorn Park and set rules for other tent settlements around the city.
After weeks of rising community concerns about safety at encampments in city parks, the Park Board voted Wednesday to limit the number and size of encampments. The decision, less than a month after the board voted to allow homeless people to stay in parks overnight, comes at a time when the city, county and state are grappling with escalating levels of homelessness and the threat of COVID-19 infections.
"What I'm hearing more than anything right now is if people are having to move out of parks, the folks that are unhoused, where are they supposed to go?" said Park Board President Jono Cowgill.