My Re-Election Campaign!

I am pleased to announce my re-election campaign for Three Rivers Park District Commissioner!

Nature-Consortium.jpgAs Board Chair, I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years, and remain committed to connecting people with nature through collaborative partnerships, long-term stewardship and fiscally responsible management.  I am particularly excited about our initiatives to bring more of Three Rivers’ exceptional recreation and natural resources programs into our communities, especially for children and seniors.

My Dad taught me years ago we don't plant trees for ourselves, we plant them for our grandchildren. It was the max_papa.JPGmost important lesson he ever taught me - living my life today as if the future matters. The year Dad passed away, my own children joined me on Arbor Day to each plant a tree in his memory. More recently, I planted another tree in a park for my first grandchild. Those trees reconnect my family with nature, and leave a living legacy for generations to come.

I am honored to have the continuing endorsement of many respected community leaders, and hope you will please join them in supporting my candidacy for re-election.

I invite you to keep reading to learn more about my extensive background, accomplishments and continuing commitment to you. As always, your questions and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated!

John

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For Immediate Release                                                                

April 29, 2014                                                                                        

John Gunyou Announces Re-Election Campaign

for Three Rivers Park Commissioner 

Proven leadership, collaborative results, long-term stewardship, and fiscal responsibility will be central themes to his campaign

MINNETONKA, MN — John Gunyou, Commissioner & Board Chair, announced his re-election campaign today to represent the 4th District of the Three Rivers Park District. The 4th District includes Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, Tonka Bay and Woodland.

imgres.jpgCommissioner Gunyou emphasized his continuing commitment to connect people with nature through Three Rivers’ extensive system of regional parks, trails and programs.

“We are better off as individuals and as communities when our parks, forests and lakes play a recurring role in our lives,” said Commissioner Gunyou. “I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years, and promise to redouble my efforts to insure these valued experiences continue to be available for us today, and for years to come.”

Under his leadership as Board Chair, Three Rivers has expanded its community outreach through Lauren-Theis-with-Kids.jpgcreative partnerships with cities and school districts to improve access to popular regional parks, trails and programs, especially for children and seniors. Commissioner Gunyou emphasized these initiatives are being done by leveraging joint resources and realigning priorities, rather than by raising taxes and fees.

“I am particularly pleased that our partnerships are bringing Three Rivers’ exceptional recreation programs and natural resources classes to the students and residents of such communities as Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Richfield, which are farther away from our regional parks and facilities,” said Commissioner Gunyou. “I hope that come November, I am afforded the opportunity to build upon the great work we have started so that even more of our suburban residents can benefit.”  

gp_ski2008_040_.jpgThrough his collaborative leadership, the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail will be completed through Edina two years earlier than planned. Commissioner Gunyou’s vision and cooperative efforts also led to the development of world-class cross-country ski trails and a long-needed new ski chalet at Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington.

“Nature and outdoor recreation have always been important in my life. I grew up camping, hiking and boating, and will never forget my first Boundary Waters canoe trip,” said Commissioner Gunyou. “The natural environment we enjoy today is a gift from past generations, and we honor their foresight by sustaining that legacy.”261335_10151440972123139_1852423065_n.jpg

Widely respected for his four decades of distinguished public service, Commissioner Gunyou was selected by his colleagues to serve as Board Chair, where he led initiatives to improve public transparency, responsiveness and long-term financial management. Under his leadership, operating budgets have been held flat and excellent service has been maintained, despite double-digit annual growth in usage at Three Rivers’ popular parks, trails and facilities. He pledges to continue this fiscally responsible leadership to sustain the affordable services users have come to expect.

arbor-day.jpg“My Dad taught me years ago we don't plant trees for ourselves, we plant them for our grandchildren,” shared Commissioner Gunyou in response to a question about his commitment to long-term stewardship. “It was the most important lesson he ever taught me - living my life today as if the future matters. The year Dad passed away, my own children joined me on Arbor Day to each plant a tree in his memory. More recently, I planted another tree in a park for my first grandchild. Those trees reconnect my family with nature, and leave a living legacy for generations to come.”

Commissioner Gunyou’s Campaign Steering Committee for the nonpartisan re-election campaign includes Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison, Minnetonka Mayor Terry Schneider, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, Hopkins Mayor Gene Maxwell, and Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel.

Commissioner Gunyou lives in Minnetonka, on Three Rivers’ Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail. His wife Kim and their five adult children imgres-1.jpgactively enjoy Minnesota’s parks, trails, recreation and natural resources. His extensive background, accomplishments and positions on issues are available on his campaign website.

Three Rivers Park District serves ten million people every year at 27,000 acres of natural areas, twenty regional parks and reserves, five nature centers, and 300 miles of trails maintained throughout the western suburbs.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair