Press Coverage

 

Parks Delivered: Three Rivers Outreach Van - Lakeshore Weekly News, August 28, 2015

“A bookmobile with an owl” is how John Gunyou sometimes refers to the new Three Rivers Park District van. Gunyou, the TRPD Board chair, said the van is a way to bring the agency’s programs to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to access them . . . “One of our challenges is to reach people we haven’t traditionally reached,” Gunyou said . . .

 

Three Rivers Board Chair John Gunyou to run again - SunSailor, May 7, 2014

Three Rivers Park District Commissioner and Board Chair John Gunyou has announced his reelection campaign . . . While Gunyou has served as Board Chair, Three Rivers has expanded its community outreach to improve access to popular regional parks, trails and programs, especially for children and seniors. Gunyou emphasized that the initiative are being done by leveraging joint resources, rather than by raising taxes and fees . . .

 

Gunyou announces re-election bid for commissioner of Three Rivers Parks - Lakeshore Weekly News, May 5, 2014

John Gunyou, commissioner and 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. Commissioner Gunyou emphasized his continuing commitment to connect people with nature through Three Rivers' system of regional parks, trails and programs . . .

 

Living an active lifestyle the South Lake way - SunSailor, April 29, 2014

The South Lake Community has Lake Minnetonka at its fingertips as well as many walking and biking trails, parks and community gathering spaces . . . Commissioner John Gunyou offered insight into how Three Rivers Park District is helping provide safe facilities, paths and roadways throughout the metro area . . . the trail system is an integral part of the transportation system throughout Hennepin County and that Three Rivers Park District is continuously looking for ways to improve it . . .

 

Three Rivers Park District Chair John Gunyou will seek reelection - MinnPost, April 29, 2014

John Gunyou, chair of the Three Rivers Park District board, says he'll run for another term in November. Gunyou, first elected to the board in 2012, now seeks a four-year term in the 4th District, which includes Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, Tonka Bay and Woodland. Gunyou is a former Minnetonka City Manager, former state Finance Commissioner under Gov. Arne Carlson, and ran for Lt. Gov. in 2010 on the ticket with Margaret Anderson Kelliher . . .

 

Richfield and Bloomington 'road diets' are a stroke of ingenuity - MinnPost, April 24, 2014

Richfield is among those suburbs aiming to make the city more bikeable . . . The bike route on 75th and 76th showcases a creative example of finding space for new infrastructure. The Met Council planned to tear up the streets to improve the regional sewer system, and citizens, local officials and the Three Rivers Park District saw an opening for extending the regional trail network . . . This stretch of trail will eventually meet up with the planned Nine Mile Creek Trail in Edina and connect to the Grand Rounds trail in Minneapolis with the completion of a bike route on Cedar Avenue . . .

 

Lake Minnetonka area boosts walking, biking - StarTribune, April 15, 2014

The League of Women Voters South Tonka, the League of Women Voters Eastern Carver County and the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free public presentation on community designs in the South Lake Minnetonka area that will encourage walking, biking and other active transportation. Presenters will include Three Rivers Park District Commissioner John Gunyou . . . will discuss local projects related to sidewalks, trails and other connections . . . 

 

It's out with the old at popular French Regional Park - StarTribune, March 27, 2014

French Regional Park in Plymouth, one of the metro area’s most visited parks, is about to get a major makeover. The work, which will include new paved trails, roads, parking areas, and a boat ramp and water system, will be done in phases beginning this fall so the park can stay open. The number of visits to French has steadily risen, with nearly 570,000 visits in 2012 — up about 55 percent over the past five years, according to Metropolitan Council estimates . . .

 

New year brings renewed fight against aquatic invasives - StarTribune, March 23, 2014

The DNR is gearing up to fight zebra mussels and other invasives . . . at Three Rivers Park District, inspectors will be stationed during park hours at premier park lakes in the west and south metro, including Fish, Bryant, Medicine, Independence, Minnetonka and Hyland, and at least one roving inspector will cover less heavily trafficked lakes . . .

 

Three Rivers paves way for two structures to be recognized as historic places - StarTribune, March 22, 2014

Three Rivers Park District commissioners gave the go-ahead for the park system to nominate two farm structures for the National Register of Historic Places. They include the Noerenberg Estate barn, built in 1912 and located in Noerenberg Memorial Park, and the Schmid farmstead ruins from 1876 in Lake Minnetonka Regional Park . . .

 

Kingswood Park in Minnetrista receives its official name - StarTribune, February 8, 2014

Camp Kingswood, the newest addition to the Three Rivers Park system, will be called Kingswood Park. Park commissioners supported the idea at a meeting last week after determining . . . the name came from the Kingswood forest region in England, whose forest product sales were used to establish schools for coal miners’ children in the 1700s . . .

 

More and more, cross-country skiing is guaranteed in the Twin Cities - StarTribune, January 9, 2014

This season, cross-country skiers have been flocking to Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington to traverse a new 5-kilometer trail covered with 2 feet of artificial snow — one of the largest such trail systems in the nation. And combined with the 2.5 kilometers blanketed with fake snow at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove, and another 3K of trails at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities is in rare company . . .

 

Historic farm near Victoria gets grant for exhibits - StarTribune, December 28, 2013

Three Rivers will receive $95,300 to install interpretive exhibits in one of the state’s most important historic farm homes. The grant from the Minnesota Historical Society will be used at the Wendelin Grimm Farmstead in Carver Park Reserve near Victoria. The brick home was built in 1876. The exhibits will tell the story of the Grimm family’s emigration from Germany in 1857, and Grimm’s development of North America’s first winter-hearty alfalfa . . .

 

Cities invited to submit local trail projects - Lakeshore Weekly News, December 20, 2013

Ongoing community outreach efforts have shown that many people do not feel safe or comfortable accessing the regional trail network on foot or bike. To improve local access to the regional trail system, the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners approved a grant/cost share program in which Three Rivers will coordinate an application to seek 2017 Transportation Alternative Program funds to assist local communities with bike and pedestrian projects . . .

 

Three Rivers Board approves 2014 general fund budget - Lakeshore Weekly News, December 16, 2013

Following a public hearing on Dec. 5, the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners approved the Park District's 2014 general fund operating budget. The 2014 general fund operating budget totals $34,119,102, an increase of $98,017 (0.29 percent) from the 2013 budget. The operating budget is primarily funded by a property tax levy collected in suburban Hennepin County. For 2014, the proposed operating levy is $27,458,696, a decrease of $559,901 (2 percent) from 2013 . . .

 

Public is invited to comment on future trail - Lakeshore Weekly News, December 9, 2013

Three Rivers Park District is working on the identification of the route for a new regional trail corridor that will travel north-south through western Hennepin County . . . When completed, the regional trail will connect the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, Carver Park Reserve, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Gale Woods Farm and the Luce Line State Trail . . .

 

Project to restore Big Island shoreline - Lakeshore Weekly News, November 11, 2013

In an effort to stabilize the shorelines of Lake Minnetonka's Big Island and improve water quality in the lake, Three Rivers Parks District and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have partnered to restore 1,200 feet of eroded shoreline at Cruiser's Cove . . . The project will use natural shoreline anchors including large rocks, trees and plants, to reinforce the soil at the water's edge. The work will prevent the loss of more shoreline, improve water quality and provide habitat for waterfowl, fish and other aquatic life . . .

 

Richfield looks to fund first shovelful for tunnel project - Richfield SunCurrent, November 1, 2013

The city of Richfield is taking steps to secure funding for a tunnel under Highway 77 that some covet as a potential boon for the city. Richfield has applied for project funding through a bonding bill that the Legislature will address in its 2014 session . . . The city of Richfield has been meeting with other potential funding entities as well, including the Metro Airports Commission, Metro Transit and the Three Rivers Park District, which could use the underpass to extend the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail into Bloomington by crossing airport property . . .

 

Hennepin County seeks input on bicycling plan - SunSailor, October 8, 2013 

Rather than spin their wheels, Hennepin County and Three Rivers Park District planners are embarking on a new bike plan to replace one that dates back to 1997. Three Rivers Park District Board Chair John Gunyou . . . has learned that its bike trails – which increased in miles significantly as a result of a 2000 plan – are used extensively for transportation as well as recreation. The two groups decided to partner together on a new bike plan . . . 

 

Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail plans advance - StarTribune, October 6, 2013

Bloomington and Richfield are the final cities expected to approve the master plan for the proposed 15.5-mile walking and biking trail. Those cities would join Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina in approving plans for the trail, which will build a connection to walking and biking trails in the area . . . the trail will pass through cities that are underserved by trails, offering opportunity for recreation as well as new ways to get to work . . .

 

How to help Hennepin County revamp its bike plan - StarTribune, October 5, 2013

Hennepin County’s bike plan, first produced in 1997, needs a revamp. So the county is partnering with the Three Rivers Park District and other cities to gather resident input . . . Three Rivers Board Chair John Gunyou added, “I encourage people to ... share their feedback about where they like to bike and how biking in our communities can be even better . . .

 

Hennepin County residents asked for input on major Bike Plan revision - MinnPost, October 3, 2013

Hennepin County officials say they're planning a major revamp of the County Bike Plan and want help from residents. Working with the Three Rivers Park District and local cities, the plan . . . will help determine preferences for bikeway types — bike lanes or trails. And it will look at barriers to biking, such as lack of bike lanes, hills and other factors. Three Rivers Park District Board Chair John Gunyou said: "The update of the county bike plan offers a great opportunity for people to help influence the future of biking in Hennepin County . . .

 

Three Rivers to change Cedar Lake LRT Trail crossing - StarTribune, September 28, 2013

Three Rivers Park District and Hopkins officials are planning to improve trail safety where the popular Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail crosses Excelsior Blvd . . . that location is too congested and unsafe [so] bikers will be rerouted to cross Excelsior at the stoplight near the Hopkins Depot parking lot. The trail will travel parallel to Excelsior on the north side of the road before crossing St. Louis Street to rejoin the existing trail route . . .

 

Recycling flourishes at Baker Park Reserve campground - StarTribune, August 31, 2013

Campers are now enthusiastically recycling and composting at Baker Park Reserve campground in Maple Plain. Three Rivers implemented a green camping program at the popular campground . . . Each camping group was given a blue bag for recyclables, a green bag for organics and a green camping guide with information and educational activities . . .

 

Goats help manage invasive plants at Three Rivers park - StarTribune, July 12, 2013

Three Rivers Park officials are using nature to fight nature at one of their parks [Gale Woods Farm] in the west metro: a herd of goats is leisurely chomping away invasive plants such as garlic mustard and buckthorn to keep them under control. Their buffet of roughage is part of an experiment to get rid of unwanted invasive plants and weeds without herbicides . . .

 

Trail to lead from river to city’s lakes - StarTribune, July 9, 2013

The Intercity Regional Trail Project, a partnership among the Three Rivers Park District, Bloom­ington, Richfield and Minneapolis . . . is a new bike trail from the Minnesota River to Lake Nokomis Parkway and the Chain of Lakes trails. The plan is for a 10-foot-wide asphalt multiuse regional trail, 7 miles long . . .

 

Three Rivers hosts snowmobiling forums - StarTribune, June 25, 2013

Three Rivers Park District is conducting forums to gather public comments about its snowmobiling policy . . . The Park District currently permits snowmobiling in Baker, Carver, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves, as well as Cleary Lake, Spring Lake and Lake Minnetonka Regional Parks . . .

 

Nest cam at the Minnesota Arboretum gives a bird's-eye view - StarTribune, June 21, 2013

A loftily placed camera at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the latest way to watch Minnesota wildlife without actually setting foot in the wild. A nesting osprey pair’s egg is due to hatch any day now, with the whole affair captured 24/7 by the bird cam . . . the fish-eating raptors have attracted Internet watchers from as far away as China . . . at least 90 nesting pairs [are] in the area this summer, thanks to a reintroduction program initiated in the 1980s by the Three Rivers Park District . . .

 

Three Rivers Parks prepare for onslaught of emerald ash borers - StarTribune, March 12, 2013

As bugs close in, Three Rivers Park District will remove and replace about 2,000 trees on an aggressive schedule. The Park District’s action plan — presented to commissioners last week — also includes treating select ash trees with insecticides to prevent them from being infested by the tiny green beetle . . . trees in popular areas need to be removed over the next several years, because once they become infested and die, they will be hazardous . . . the plan is to remove 10 to 15 percent of the ash trees in the active use areas each year . . .

 

How Many People Use The Regional Trails That Crisscross Hopkins? - Hopkins Patch, March 7, 2013

Hopkins’ four square miles contain four of the Three Rivers Park District’s 16 regional trails, making it a mecca for trail users across the region. On Tuesday, Park Commissioners Daniel Freeman and John Gunyou, who both represent part of the city, illustrated just how popular these trails are telling City Council members about the number of users they see. The five-mile-long Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail tops the list with 500,000 users per year . . .

 

Nine Mile Creek Trail moving ahead - Edina SunCurrent, February 26, 2013

A plan to build Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail through Edina is making strides. Three Rivers Park Board Commissioner John Gunyou, who represents Edina, said construction could begin in 2015-2016 instead of 2017-2018. The eastern segment of the trail, which travels from the Minnetonka-Edina border to Edina High School, already has dedicated funding. Gunyou told the Edina City Council Feb. 19 that he’s confident they have a good chance at getting the western segment funded . . . 

 

New leadership at Three Rivers - StarTribune, January 19, 2013 

John Gunyou is the new board chair of Three Rivers Park District. The former Minnetonka [city manager] was one of four new commissioners elected to the seven-member board in November. He also served as Minnesota's finance commissioner under former Gov. Arne Carlson . . . The board includes five commissioners elected from districts and two appointed by the Hennepin County Board . . . The Park District manages 23 parks, park reserves and special areas on 27,000 acres, and about 200 miles of trails, mostly in suburban Hennepin County . . .

 

Gunyou appointed to TAB - Lakeshore Weekly News, January 14, 2013

The Metropolitan Council approved two new appointments and three reappointments to the Transportation Advisory Board. New members include Three Rivers Park District Commissioner John Gunyou, TAB District B, [which] represents Carver and Scott counties, as well as a portion of Hennepin County . . . The TAB advises the Met Council on transportation planning issues and adopts the program of local transportation projects in the region to receive federal funding. TAB is a 33-member body, composed of elected officials, representatives of government agencies involved in transportation issues, citizen members and members who represent transportation modes, such as transit, freight and non-motorized modes . . .

 

Three Rivers Board awash with new faces SunSailor, January 23, 2013 

Five Commissioners took the oath to office at the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners meeting Jan. 17 with Judge Ronald Abrams presiding . . . The Board of Commissioners unanimously elected Gunyou as Board Chair for 2013. Freeman was elected vice-chair. “We are a diverse group of individuals who are united by a common commitment to maintaining the quality natural resources, services and facilities we have all come to expect from such a great organization,” Gunyou said at the meeting. “The foresight and stewardship of our predecessors has permanently preserved tens of thousands of acres of prairies and woodlands, wetlands and waterways, parks and trail. They have entrusted us with the legacy that makes our communities truly special, and I am confident that we all remain committed to honoring and sustaining the enduring legacy . . .

 

Incumbants returned in many west-metro races - StarTribune, November 13, 2012

John Gunyou, longtime Minnetonka city manager and former state finance commissioner, will represent [Three Rivers] Fourth District, and said he's excited to oversee what he called a beloved and important park system. It includes 21 parks, park reserves and special areas, and 15 trails, mostly in suburban Hennepin County. Gunyou said one of the main challenges will be continuing to provide the high quality of recreation that people have come to expect during a time of tight budgets. "We'll need to be smarter about how we do things," he said, such as building more partnerships with other units of government to share costs . . .

 

Familiar names among Three Rivers candidates - StarTribune, October 9, 2012

Longtime Minnetonka city manager and former state finance commissioner John Gunyou is running for Three Rivers Park District commissioner . . . Gunyou said he and his family always have loved the outdoors, and Three Rivers parks and trails are excellent. "The biggest challenge is, how do you maintain the high level of quality services that residents have come to expect in an era where things are tighter?" he said. High on Gunyou's list is how to provide more park services for an aging population and how to pull together local, metro and state resources to keep the parks financially viable . . .

  

John Gunyou receives League of Minnesota Cities' highest honor - Patch.com, June 30, 2012

Former Minnetonka city manager John Gunyou has received the League of Minnesota Cities’ highest honor for appointed city officials . . . “Through all my years in public service, there has not been a challenge I have faced that couldn’t be resolved by working together, having the courage to think differently, and having the persistence to see a job through to the end,” Gunyou said. “I hope to bring that same cooperative approach to the challenges and opportunities facing the parks and trails that make our communities great . . .

 

Former Minnetonka city manager gets leadership honor - StarTribune, June 27, 2012

John Gunyou, the Former Minnetonka City Manager was recently awarded the 2012 Leadership Award by the League of Minnesota Cities, considered the highest honor for appointed city officials in the state. The award, given each year to honor outstanding service, was presented to Gunyou on June 21 at the League's annual conference . . .

 

Longtime Minnetonka City Manager John Gunyou is retired: Will run for Three Rivers Park District - Sun Newspapers, June 5, 2012

Former Minnetonka City Manager John Gunyou . . . has filed to run for the open Three RIvers Park District Board of Commissioners District 4 seat. Current District 4 Boardmember Dale Woodbeck encouraged Gunyou to run after he told him he would not seek reelection. District 4 encompasses all or portions of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Edina, Richfield and the South Lake Minnetonka cities. "It's the area I know," Gunyou said . . .

 

Minnetonka's city manager, John Gunyou, retires: Plans include running for office - Lakeshore Weekly News, May 29, 2012

After 12 years as Minnetonka's city manager, John Gunyou will retire . . . under his leadership the city maintained a sound financial foundation, kept tax rates low, preserved acres of land, renewed city parks, stressed cooperative partnerships and established environmental controls for wetland and woodland protection . . . In reflecting on his career, Gunyou spoke about his respect of Minnetonka's natural resources . . .

 

John Gunyou will run for Three Rivers Board seat - Sun Newspapers, May 9, 2012

Financial management, public administration and a natural affinity for the outdoors are qualities John Gunyou says he would bring to the Three Rivers Board of Commissioners if he were elected to the District 4 seat this fall. The District 4 seat serves the communities of Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Shorewood, Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Tonka Bay and Woodland . . .

 

Gunyou will run for Park District Board - Sun Newspapers, May 2, 2012

John Gunyou, long-time Minnetonka resident, is running for the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners in District 4, the seat currently held by Dale Woodbeck . . . Gunyou, will retire shortly as Minnetonka's City Manager. He also served as Minnesota's Finance Commissioner under Gov. Arne Carlson, was the first finance director for the City of Minneapolis, ran Minnesota's original and largest Internet company and was an executive with Minnesota Public Radio . . .

 

Gunyou announces candidacy for Three Rivers Park District Board - Lakeshore Weekly News, April 30, 2012

John Gunyou, who is expected to retire soon from his position as Minnetonka's city manager, announced his candidacy for the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners last week. He is running for the District 4 seat currently held by Dale Woodbeck, who recently announced he will not be seeking reelection. Woodbeck is supporting Gunyou's candidacy, as is Three Rivers Park Chairman Larry Blackstad . . .

 

Gunyou takes a run at Three Rivers Park Board - StarTribune, April 24, 2012

John Gunyou, former state finance commissioner and city manager for Minnetonka since 2000, announced Tuesday that he's running for the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners. Gunyou, 63, said that he and his family have always been frequent users of parks and trails, and serving on the board offers the chance to leave a positive legacy. "Frankly, the things that have been the most fun in the past dozen years have been working on projects for parks, trails, open spaces and natural areas," he said of his time as city manager. "It has special appeal for me . . .

 

Gunyou - Politics in Minnesota, April 24, 2012

Retiring Minnetonka City Manager and former state Finance Director John Gunyou has his eyes set on another public office: On Tuesday, Gunyou said he'd run for a spot on the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners . . .

 

John Gunyou Declares Candidacy for Three Rivers Park Board Commissioner - Patch.com, April 24, 2012

Retiring as Minnetonka's city manger, Gunyou looks for a spot on the Three Rivers Park District Board. Long-time Minnetonka resident John Gunyou announced his candidacy today for the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners. Gunyou, who is widely regarded as one of Minnesota’s foremost public administrators and a leading expert on fiscal policy, said the privilege of serving on the Board offers a unique opportunity to continue to improve the quality of life in our communities and leave a positive, lasting legacy for future generations . . . 

 

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