MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board approved two temporary permits for new homeless encampments in city parks.
The permits approve camp locations in Marshall Terrace Park in Northeast Minneapolis and near Lake Harriet. These permits come as the city is clearing more people out of Powderhorn Park.READ MORE: Minnesota House Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill, The First-Ever Vote Of Its Kind In The State
This week, more than 400 people were camping in Powderhorn Park, city officials say.READ MORE: Why Is The Walleye Minnesota's Most Popular Fish?
According to the park board, the city cannot shutdown or limit people in homeless encampments unless there is a documented threat to public safety, per Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order on COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Talks About His Decision To Leave: 'I Did It Out Of Principle'
In a statement to WCCO, the park board said that the park encampments are not a dignified form of housing, adding that they are only a temporary solution.