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The 25 Most Expensive Events Held in Minneapolis Parks

The 2014 Twin Cities Marathon tops the list, paying the Park Board $141,350 in event fees

The 2014 Twin Cities Marathon tops the list, paying the Park Board $141,350 in event fees

[Update: Some of our readers were having trouble accessing our interactive chart, so we've replaced it with a picture of the chart. You can still access the interactive chart here: bit.ly/mpls25parks]

So far this year the Minneapolis Park Board has collected about $1.1 million in event fees, with about two-thirds of that coming from the 25 most expensive events.

The Twin Cities Marathon tops the list at $141,350, which is almost triple the second-most expensive event on the list. To date, the Park Board has permitted 166 major events in its parks, according to data obtained by the City Pages.

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Shane Stenzel, the Park Board's permitting czar, said fees are impact-based.

"The more impact you have, the more you use the park or park land, the more you're going to pay," he said.

The list of the 25 most expensive events held in Minneapolis parks this year

The list of the 25 most expensive events held in Minneapolis parks this year

Stenzel uses a table with listed fees for different items, uses, and disruptions to calculate an event's total cost.

The Park Board can only turn down an event if staff decides there's not enough space to hold it.

"If, say, the Hell's Angels came to town and wanted to host an event, as long as they properly filled out all of their paperwork ahead of time and there was space we would accommodate them," said Stenzel.

Big surprise here: According to Stenzel the Vikings will not have to pay any event fees when the team takes over the new Downtown East Park in two years due to a clause in the agreement the city negotiated with the team. That agreement will deprive the Park Board of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue each year.

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