John Gunyou Three Rivers Park Commissioner

John Gunyou Three Rivers Park Commissioner Board Chair, Three Rivers Park District

My dad taught me long-ago that we don't plant trees for ourselves; we plant them for our grandchildren. I take those words to heart, and have tried to live by them throughout my professional career and everyday life. I have worked hard to permanently preserve acres of open space, forests, lakes, creeks and wetlands, and to enhance the parks, trails and natural areas that make our communities special. Through careful, responsible stewardship, we can and must sustain our quality parks and trails for future generations. That is my commitment as your Three Rivers Park Commissioner. John

When words are not enough.Three days ago, in the midst of a worldwide outpouring of understandable grief and anger over ...
06/06/2020

When words are not enough.

Three days ago, in the midst of a worldwide outpouring of understandable grief and anger over George Floyd’s horrific murder, the Three Rivers Board of Commissioners convened our monthly meeting. Even virtually, we always begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. This time, the last three words of that pledge were particularly poignant, “justice for all.”

Next day, the Three Rivers Board released the following statement, which reaffirms our commitment to move beyond words toward the meaningful actions that help create a community where everyone we serve feels safe, welcome and included, especially our communities of color.

When words are not enough, you act.

Like the rest of our community, we have been deeply affected by the senseless death of George Floyd. We have been struggling with what to say to our Three Rivers park guests, partners, employees, volunteers, and most importantly, our black community members.

While we will never fully understand the pain our black community has been forced to bear, we want you to know that we are listening. And, we add our voice to the many others who are calling for change.

For Three Rivers, this means reaffirming our commitment to listen to and work with our partners and community members to remove barriers to racial equity and ensure our parks, trails and programs truly reflect the cornerstone of our future vision: You Belong Here.

Now is the time to move toward meaningful actions. Actions that help create a community where everyone feels safe, welcome and included.

As the leaders of Three Rivers Park District, we are committed to taking actions that help create a community where everyone feels welcome, especially for those who have not traditionally benefited from our services. In the past few years, we launched a concerted outreach effort to change the traditional way of park and recreation thinking, that “if you build it, they will come.” Instead, Three Rivers is actively working with city, county and nonprofit partners to identify unmet needs, jointly structure new opportunities and bring our park programs directly into communities.

Several years ago, we transitioned our law enforcement department to more of a park ranger model, emphasizing visitor assistance and personal safety rather than traditional policing. We now have twice as many Park Service Attendants, who assist with customer service, as we do licensed Police Officers, and the focus is on ensuring safe and enjoyable park experiences for all our visitors.

While we have made much progress in recent years, we also recognize there is much work left to be done. At our Board meeting last night, we began a discussion about the steps that will be necessary to more quickly reach our goals related to equity and inclusion. To that end, our next Board meeting will include an in-depth review of our progress so far and strategies to expand our engagement with the communities we seek to better reach and serve, with a focus on communities of color.

While we do not pretend to have all the answers for the widespread racial justice challenges that continue to face our community, state and nation, we are strongly reaffirming our commitment to help create a community where everyone we serve feels safe, welcome and included.

Sincerely,
The Three Rivers Board of Commissioners
John Gunyou, Board Chair — District 4
Dan Freeman, Vice Chair — District 3
Marge Beard — District 1
Jennifer DeJournett — District 2
John Gibbs — District 5
Steve Antolak — At-Large
Gene Kay — At-Large

Three Rivers Park District
06/04/2020

Three Rivers Park District

The events of the past week have greatly impacted the entire community, including our park guests and staff.

We are committed to ensuring our parks and trails are safe and welcome spaces for all people. We will continue to listen to and work with our partners and community members to identify and remove barriers, making sure our parks are inclusive and provide something for everyone.

Spending time outside is important for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and we will continue to make more opportunities available to enjoy our parks as the health guidelines change.

We believe that everyone should be able to connect with nature every day.

Three Rivers Park District
04/17/2020

Three Rivers Park District

Our golf courses and driving ranges will be opening tomorrow morning at 10 AM! Reserve a tee time online. Details on adjustments to course operations will be coming this afternoon. We look forward to seeing you on the course this weekend!
www.ThreeRiversParks.org/golf

Three Rivers Park District
03/17/2020

Three Rivers Park District

Starting tomorrow morning, all of our buildings will be closed to the public through Sunday, April 5. This closure also includes all programs, events and facility reservations. Our parks and trails remain open for people to get out and enjoy!

Program refunds will be automatically applied and staff will be connecting with anyone whose reservation has been impacted.

If you have questions, connect with us at 763.559.6700 or [email protected]. Additional information is also available on our website. www.threeriversparks.org/covid19

Three Rivers Park District
03/14/2020

Three Rivers Park District

The health and safety of our park guests and employees is our top priority. With the developing situation around COVID-19, we wanted to share a few updates with you regarding our operations and plans to keep the parks open. Visit our website for important information.
https://www.threeriversparks.org/news/message-regarding-covid-19

Hoċokata Ti - Cultural Center and Public Exhibit
10/15/2019

Hoċokata Ti - Cultural Center and Public Exhibit

Join the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in celebrating and honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day! The SMSC is committed to promoting understanding of the state’s tribes and Native people by sharing our culture and history. "Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake", provides visitors with a cultural experience that enhances their knowledge and understanding of the Mdewakanton Dakota people. #IndigenousPeoplesDay #SMSCculture

Three Rivers Park District
10/15/2019

Three Rivers Park District

The perfect fall weather is finally here! 🍁🌞 Biking is my favorite way to celebrate, what’s yours? 🚲
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#bike #bikemn #threeriversfall #biker #bikingcommunity threeriversfall #threeriversparks #mn #biketrails #bikelife #trails

Three Rivers Park District Foundation
10/15/2019

Three Rivers Park District Foundation

It was a snowy and great day Saturday at the Allina Autumn Woods Classic race! Thanks and congrats to all the racers for helping us raise funds to send kids to camp, and thanks to everyone who stopped by our Foundation tent to say hi!
Three Rivers Park District Elm Creek Park Reserve - Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District
09/25/2019

Three Rivers Park District

Our very own LPGA instructor, Laura Patrick, is the 2019 LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year! Congratulations Laura!

Three Rivers honored some of our three thousand volunteers today at a fun family picnic, including my long time friend S...
09/08/2019

Three Rivers honored some of our three thousand volunteers today at a fun family picnic, including my long time friend Stacey Grimes

our Foundation raised $30,000 for Three Rivers' adaptive recreation programs!
08/18/2019
Back to nature - Star Tribune, 8/18/2019

our Foundation raised $30,000 for Three Rivers' adaptive recreation programs!

Guests at the Summerbration at the Cabin fundraiser at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove enjoyed North Woods activities — ax throwing, rock climbing and s’more making — then sampled gourmet cuisine and beverages from local restaurants. Funds raised at the annual event help the Three Rivers...

07/31/2019
CCX Media

doing our part

The rusty patched bumblebee is the Minnesota state bee and is found in eight parks in the Three Rivers Park District. Scientists partner with the University of Minnesota to perform the bee surveys.

recognizing a few representatives from our cadre of 21 interns this year!
07/19/2019

recognizing a few representatives from our cadre of 21 interns this year!

It was great to recognize our Pathways interns at the Board meeting tonight. Thank you for spending your summer with us. #teensinparks

Three Rivers Park District - French Regional Park
06/09/2019

Three Rivers Park District - French Regional Park

Thank you for a spectacular day and summer kick off celebration! Kid Task Force members from Park Brook Elementary shared stories of their most memorable moments over the past two years, providing insight on the play area design, learning about project management, and developing career mentoring relationships with staff throughout the park district. We are tremendously proud of their hard work and commitment and value their input and the relationships built with students, families and staff. Congratulations on a job well done! #timetoplay #summercelebration #frenchpark #kidtaskforce #knockeditoutofthepark

here's some of the kids who helped us plan, design, build and dedicate our fabulous new play area at French Park!
06/08/2019

here's some of the kids who helped us plan, design, build and dedicate our fabulous new play area at French Park!

How Horses Are Changing Lives at We Can Ride | Three Rivers Park District
05/31/2019
How Horses Are Changing Lives at We Can Ride | Three Rivers Park District

How Horses Are Changing Lives at We Can Ride | Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District is home to an incredible collection of places that provide hours of fun and education. But you may not know that one special location nestled in Baker Park Reserve provides life-changing services for people with special needs in a most unique and fascinating way.

Thank you Environmental Initiative for recognizing Three Rivers Park District commitment to the environment we all share...
05/23/2019

Thank you Environmental Initiative for recognizing Three Rivers Park District commitment to the environment we all share! Our award-winning Climate Conversations collaboration with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is enabling us to share critical messages of environmental stewardship to the many communities we serve. One of our four sessions was held at Gale Woods Farm, where we use a “no till” approach that keeps a continuous living cover on soil to build its organic matter and lock up carbon. This best practice also reduces erosion and stabilizes the ground to absorb more moisture during extreme rain storms.

Three Rivers Park District
05/19/2019

Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers is committed to providing recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. Plan ahead and give adapted archery, mountain biking and kayaking a try.
http://bit.ly/2IamoVd

thank you Met Council representatives for your interest and encouragement with our exciting outreach project!
05/19/2019

thank you Met Council representatives for your interest and encouragement with our exciting outreach project!

Earlier today representatives from the Met Council, the City of Brooklyn Park, MN - Local Government and Three Rivers Park District learned more about the exciting changes planned for Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park becoming Mississippi Gateway Regional Park.

Three Rivers Park District
05/17/2019

Three Rivers Park District

Congratulations and welcome to our new District 1 Commissioner, Marge Beard. We look forward to working with you.

Three Rivers Park District Foundation
05/14/2019

Three Rivers Park District Foundation

Thanks to everyone who came to our fundraising event at Excelsior Brewing Company, hard to believe it was already a week ago! We had a blast raising funds for Three Rivers Park District adapted recreation programs, and The Music Coop programs! Thanks to Victoria Burrow and Joey Nova's Tonka Bay for the awesome food, and thanks to everyone who attended!

Interpretive Naturalist
05/09/2019
Interpretive Naturalist

Interpretive Naturalist

Three Rivers Park District is seeking to fill the position of Interpretive Naturalist at Baker Near Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN. This position is responsible for developing, conducting, and enhancing interpretive programming to educate the public and facilitate an appreciation, enjo...

Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks
05/07/2019

Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks

Today was Kayak Spa Day! Big shoutout to the volunteers who came to help us clean, treat, and inventory some 45 kayaks today. #almostsummer

Team Gilboa Ski Team
05/07/2019

Team Gilboa Ski Team

Thanks to everyone who came out to Hyland Hills Ski Area today to clean the hill and promote #StrongCommunity!

Three Rivers Day at the Capitol! thanks to all who stopped by to say hello!
05/01/2019

Three Rivers Day at the Capitol! thanks to all who stopped by to say hello!

attention fellow campers!
04/30/2019

attention fellow campers!

Summer is fast approaching, but no worries. You still have time to sign the kids up for summer camp.
http://bit.ly/2DfCxar

Three Rivers Park District-Gale Woods Farm
04/27/2019

Three Rivers Park District-Gale Woods Farm

Three of our incredible volunteers were recognized for their dedication, hard work and positive energy last night, receiving the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award! Mason, Grace and Bill do so much for Gale Woods Farm and other park districts sites, we are lucky to have them and say THANK YOU for all you do!!! #nationalvolunteermonth

Three Rivers Park District
04/27/2019

Three Rivers Park District

We ❤️ our volunteers! Tonight we recognized our 2019 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients with our Board of Commissioners. Thank you!

#threeriversparks #volunteers #volunteerappreciation

Lowry Nature Center of Three Rivers Parks
04/27/2019

Lowry Nature Center of Three Rivers Parks

Two amazing Lowry volunteers received a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award last night. We are so proud of you Mason and Grace and grateful for all you do for the park district! Thank you!

#nationalvolunteermonth
#naturesclassroomfor50years
#lowry50th

Three Rivers Park District Foundation
04/27/2019

Three Rivers Park District Foundation

Here's our board member Jane Ladky accepting the Three Rivers Park District Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from Commissioner John Gunyou last night, congrats again to Jane, and all of the DVSA winners!

Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks
04/27/2019

Outdoor Recreation School of Three Rivers Parks

Everything we do at Three Rivers Park District is made better by the hard work of our volunteers! Last night 7 of them were recognized with Distinguished Volunteer Service Awards - including our own Bill Brechtel! Bill (in the orange shirt) has volunteered 1171 hours for Three Rivers! Next time you see Bill out at one of our events or in his red Park Patrol jacket, give him a thanks and a congratulations!

#threeriversparkdistrict #volunteer #supervolunteer

Carver Singletrack Trail
04/23/2019
Carver Singletrack Trail

Carver Singletrack Trail

Three Rivers Park District is developing a new singletrack trail within Carver Park Reserve in 2019. The trail is being developed in partnership with the Life Time One Track Mind Foundation. As we begin designing the new singletrack trail, we would like your input. Please click on the link below to....

Three Rivers Signature Races
04/14/2019

Three Rivers Signature Races

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My daughter just married Dan at Gale Woods! It was spectacular!
I live along the border of Murphy Hanrehan. Fabulous park.
Any way we can get xc ski grooming this weekend? Snow is skiable! Trails are unusable now for biking or running. Skiing is a great alternative!