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383A.07 PARKS AND RECREATION.
    Subdivision 1. Parks and open space system. Ramsey county may acquire real and personal
property within or without the county by purchase, lease, gift, condemnation, option, contract
or otherwise including any estate, interest, easement or right, and subject to any estate, interest,
easement or right. The county shall hold, improve, maintain, supervise, control and operate the
property so acquired for park, open space or recreational purposes.
    Subd. 2. Existing areas. All areas that Ramsey county has acquired under any other law
for public park and open space purposes, public access to waters or recreational purposes are
subject to subdivisions 1 to 15.
    Subd. 3. Forest reserves. The county may acquire lands for conversion into forest reserves
and for the conservation of natural resources of the state, including streams, lakes, submerged
lands, and swamp lands, and to these ends may create parks, parkways, forests and other
reservations, and develop and improve, protect and promote the use of this land in a manner
conducive to the general welfare.
    Subd. 4. Public use facilities, accommodations and services, public or private operation.
The county may provide for the construction, installation, maintenance, and operation of suitable
facilities, accommodations and services in the park and open space system for public use for the
purposes of subdivisions 1 to 15 or may authorize private persons or corporations to do so. The
county may not acquire a right, title or interest in or to real property or develop real property
pursuant to subdivisions 1 to 15 without the approval of the governing body of the municipality in
which the property is located; provided further that no such property situated in any other county
shall be acquired without the approval by resolution of the county board thereof.
    Subd. 5. Surveys and plans. The county may provide for surveys to determine the needs of
the park and open space system and the location and suitability of areas available therefor, for
general plans for the park and open space system and for plans for the improvement of any park
or the construction or installation of facilities, accommodations or services for public use therein.
    Subd. 6.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6]
    Subd. 7. Cooperation with other agencies. Ramsey county shall cooperate with a public or
municipal corporation, governmental body, or with a private or public organization engaged in
conservation, recreational activities, pollution, sanitation, mosquito abatement or a constructive
purpose consistent with the county park and open space system.
    Subd. 8. Financing. The county may fix, alter, charge and collect fees for the use of the
facilities of the park and open space system or for facilities, accommodations or services provided
for public use therein.
    Subd. 9. Contributions from other departmental subdivisions. A city, town or school
district inside or outside Ramsey County or another county may make contributions of funds to
Ramsey County for the purposes of subdivisions 1 to 15 with respect to a county park or other
unit of the park and open space system. These contributions may be made out of the general
funds of the contributing government subdivision or out of funds raised or designated for park
and open space purposes or out of funds raised expressly for the purpose of these contributions.
The governing body of a government subdivision making such a contribution may specify the
particular purpose for which it is to be used, and these contributions shall be paid into the general
fund of Ramsey County and used for the purposes herein authorized.
    Subd. 10. Gifts, grants, and loans. The county may accept a gift, grant, or loan of money
or other property from the United States, the state, or any other source for any purpose under
subdivisions 1 to 15, enter into an agreement required in connection therewith, and may hold, use,
and dispose of this money or property for the purposes of subdivisions 1 to 15 in accordance with
the terms and conditions of the gift, grant, loan or agreement relating thereto.
    Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 12. Ordinances; enactment. The county may enact the ordinances relating to the
county park and open space system and recreational areas. The county may regulate, by ordinance,
the use of any park, open space, or recreational area subject to the provisions of subdivisions 1 to
15, including waters and public lakeshore within the system and not more than 300 feet of the
waterfront immediately abutting this lakeshore.
    Subd. 13. Police power. The county may designate employees as police officers within the
park and open space system to exercise police power within the system under the jurisdiction
and control of the board. The county may contract with municipalities for the policing of park
and open space properties.
    Subd. 14. County park commission. The county may create a county park and open space
commission with such provisions for membership, terms of office and other requirements that the
board may prescribe, and may delegate to this commission authority to exercise any of the powers
conferred on the county by this section, except the power to acquire or dispose of real property, to
levy taxes, and to appropriate and borrow money. The commission may make recommendations
to the county board concerning matters relating to the county park and open space system.
    Subd. 15.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6]
    Subd. 16. Park and recreational areas. Ramsey County may acquire by gift, purchase,
or condemnation, and may improve and maintain public parks, bathing beaches and other
recreational areas.
The county may by ordinance provide for the use, government and protection of these public
parks, bathing beaches and other recreational areas.
    Subd. 17. Navigable lakes; improvement and recreation grounds. Ramsey County may
appropriate and expend moneys for the improvement of navigable lakes lying wholly or partly
inside the county.
Ramsey County may acquire land inside the county by gift, lease, purchase or condemnation,
in the vicinity of a lake of this kind, for a public recreational purpose, and may acquire, improve,
equip and maintain these recreational grounds.
    Subd. 18. Soil and water conservation. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 375.19,
Ramsey County may make annual expenditures from its general revenue fund for soil and water
conservation purposes in an amount to be determined by the county board.
    Subd. 19. White Bear and Goose Lakes. White Bear Lake, in the counties of Ramsey and
Washington and Goose Lake, in the county of Ramsey, adjacent to White Bear Lake, are declared
to be public waters of the state of Minnesota, and shall forever remain free and open for the
common and public use of all citizens of this state.
The waters of these lakes shall never be lowered or diminished by any artificial means, nor
shall they or any of them ever be connected with, used, or applied to a use or purpose, public or
private, by a person, persons, or corporation public or private.
    Subd. 20.[Repealed, 1991 c 51 s 6]
    Subd. 21.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 22.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 23. Additional bonding authorization. In addition to and not in substitution for any
other powers granted to Ramsey County by the above paragraph, Ramsey County may issue
in one or more series general obligation bonds of the county in a total aggregate amount not
to exceed $750,000 for the acquisition, construction and equipping of the recreation facilities
authorized to be acquired, constructed and equipped under subdivisions 21 to 28. This additional
sum shall be spent to buy the golf course, and a balance remaining thereafter of the additional
sum may be used to construct and equip the artificial ice arenas. The county shall pledge its full
faith and credit and taxing powers for the payment of the bonds and shall provide for the issuance
and sale and for the security of the bonds in the manner provided in chapter 475, except that no
election shall be required and the bonds shall not be included in computing the net debt of the
county under any law or amount.
    Subd. 24. Further additional bonding. In addition to and not in substitution for any other
powers granted to the county of Ramsey by laws heretofore enacted, the county of Ramsey may
issue in one or more series general obligation bonds of the county in a total aggregate amount
not to exceed $715,000, for the acquisition, construction and equipping of any and all of the
recreation facilities authorized to be acquired, constructed and equipped under subdivisions 21 to
28. This additional sum shall be used to construct and equip the artificial ice arenas. The board
shall pledge its full faith and credit and taxing powers for the payment of such bonds and shall
provide for the issuance and sale and for the security of such bonds in the manner provided in
chapter 475, except that no election shall be required and such bonds shall not be included in
computing the net debt of the county under any law; and taxes required to be levied for the
payment of such bonds shall not be subject to any limitation of rate or amount.
    Subd. 25.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 26. Operation. Ramsey County shall prescribe rules and regulations relating to the
use, operation, maintenance and control of the arena facilities and golf course. It shall prescribe
fees for the use of the facilities and charges for services performed in connection therewith which
shall be reasonable and proper. It shall extend the use of the facilities free of charge to teams and
groups that it authorizes and sanctions. Ramsey County shall maintain and operate the arenas and
golf course in the manner that will best provide for the equitable and fair use of the facilities by
the public, schools and other agencies of the county.
    Subd. 27. Employees. Ramsey County may employ the employees that in its opinion are
necessary and proper to the efficient and effective functioning of the arenas and golf course and
activities. These employees are subject to the laws relating to the civil service of the county and
their compensation is in accordance with the rules provided for the civil service of the county.
    Subd. 28. Special fund. Any income accruing to the county from the operation of the ice
arenas and golf course shall be placed in the county treasury and credited to a special fund known
as the public ice arena-golf course account.
    Subd. 29. Aldrich Arena. Ramsey County may acquire in the name of the county by
purchase, lease or condemnation a site for the purpose of erecting thereon a recreational building.
The county may allocate to this purpose any real estate which it presently controls and which
is not needed or necessary for other county purposes.
Ramsey County may construct, equip, operate and maintain a building suitable for use as a
sports and recreational arena providing for the facilities necessary in its opinion to accommodate
the public and educational interest in sports and recreation.
The county shall prescribe rules and regulations relating to the use, operation, maintenance
and control of the arena facility erected by the county pursuant to this subdivision. It shall
prescribe fees for the use of the facilities and charges for services performed in connection
therewith which shall be reasonable and proper. The county shall maintain and operate the arena
facility in the manner that will best provide for the equitable and fair use of the facilities by the
public, school districts and other agencies of the county.
Income accruing to the county from the operation of the arena facility shall be placed in the
county treasury, and credited to a special fund known as the recreation arena account.
The recreation arena erected, operated and maintained under the provisions of this
subdivision shall be known as the Aldrich recreation arena; and a suitable plaque shall be placed
at a conspicuous place within the building commemorating the services and devotion to public
duty displayed by Mr. Eugene E. Aldrich while serving as director of athletics for the Saint Paul
public high schools for the people of Ramsey County.
History: 1974 c 435 s 1.0205; 1977 c 425 s 1