Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) commissioners voted to approve the nomination of Alfred Bangoura as the next superintendent of the system
Approval of Bangoura’s contract is tentatively scheduled for the Dec. 19 board meeting. Park Board commissioners hope to have Bangoura aboard as soon as possible.
“We’re excited to welcome Mr. Bangoura back home to Minneapolis. After a nationwide search, bringing forward the best candidates in America, Al stood out as having the unique skills needed for our superintendent. Al believes our parks are for everyone and he’s ready to advance this Board's mandate of increasing our investment in youth and building an even better park system for our guests and everyone who calls Minneapolis their home,” said Brad Bourn, president of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “His knowledge of Minneapolis and our parks coupled with his unique professional skills will provide cohesiveness and inspire collaboration.”
Bangoura is the Recreation Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, which includes Charlotte, N.C. and serves more than 1.1 million people. Bangoura currently oversees community and recreation services for the county’s 17 recreation facilities and three senior and active adult facilities. He is currently leading the construction and program development of the county’s first 100,000 sq. ft recreation facility. A certified park and recreational professional Bangoura has a B.A. in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, Bangoura served as the director of Recreation Centers and Programs for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. From 2001 – 2015, Bangoura held a variety of recreation leadership positions with the MPRB.
“When I ran for park board, the main focus of my campaign was to make our parks and youth programs work better for people that look like me and wanted the Park Board to focus more on real equity, not just talk,” said MPRB Commissioner Londel French in a statement on Facebook. “As soon as this new board was sworn in, we asked Mary Merrill- the former Park Board Superintendent to come out of retirement and serve as interim for a year while we did our next search for superintendent. I’m so thankful she agreed. Mary was the first person of color and first woman ever to serve as superintendent. She had to endure more and work harder than anyone else ever in that role. She knows better than anyone the real work around equity me and the majority of this board are trying to accomplish. With Al Bangoura stepping up to lead, I know we’re in good hands. Al has a stellar reputation from his 14-year career working with our youth here in Minneapolis and an incredible track record of accomplishments.”