Maplewood, North St. Paul to share recreation services in a ‘public-public partnership’

When Norm Coleman was mayor of St. Paul in the 1990s, he was constantly touting “public-private partnerships” as the way for governments to work more efficiently. Now the neighboring suburbs of North St. Paul and Maplewood have agreed to share recreation services in a “public-public partnership.”

The two cities are already part of the same school district, and now North St. Paul will pay $75,000 to have Maplewood manage its recreation services, an estimated savings of $200,000.

Recreation leagues, fitness and senior programming are some of the items to be shared when the agreement takes effect Jan. 1.

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