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badwolf22
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: earth-cache permission in Minneapolis Parks Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone has a contact in the Minneapolis park system. I am working on an earthcache located in a Minneapolis park and just need to find a contact to get permission. I did send a message to all of the owners of earthcaches in Minneapolis parks and only two got back to me. The COs do not remember who they contacted for permission. They told me it was someone in the Parks Department.

Any name would be greatly appreciated. The Minneapolis Parks Department is large so am just looking for a specific person that might be able to give me the answer.
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andrewmcc
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be wrong but I don't think you need city permission to do an earthcache.
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kc9gbo
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The city may not require it, but GeoAware does for them to publish Earthcaches now.
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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kc9gbo wrote:
The city may not require it, but GeoAware does for them to publish Earthcaches now.


That's dumb. If I can visit the site, since it's on public property, then permission should not be needed. Do we need to ask permission to walk on the trails now before a cache can be published? Sheesh.
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KRedEP
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

speedysk1 wrote:
kc9gbo wrote:
The city may not require it, but GeoAware does for them to publish Earthcaches now.


That's dumb. If I can visit the site, since it's on public property, then permission should not be needed. Do we need to ask permission to walk on the trails now before a cache can be published? Sheesh.

+1 I also don't understand. There is no container.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kc9gbo wrote:
The city may not require it, but GeoAware does for them to publish Earthcaches now.


Actually, I believe Geoaware takes any established geocaching policy in place of actual permission. Does Minneapolis have an established policy? I don't recall one way or the other.
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Does Minneapolis have an established policy?


Not that I'm aware.
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a name and contact info for someone. I have worked with Rochester City Parks for a couple I have down here. It is required regardless of policy by Geoaware and the group that works with Earthcaches.

Edit: To be clear...the regardless part is in reference to local policy...Geoaware requires that info for any Earthcache regardless of location...
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MNMizzou
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They do realize that 99% of these are on open park land? The only difference between me and a class of 3rd graders stopping to read a plaque in a park is I'm the only adult who will have read it since it was last found by a cacher... the third graders will probably be quizzed on it later.

I can understand if it is in some sort of private facility, which I'm not even sure why you would put one in someone's house... but this getting permission thing is getting a little nuts, what do you tell them? "Hi, I need permission for people to come and read a plaque in the park?" That should go over well.
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King Boreas
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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this getting permission thing is getting a little nuts


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Guitar Solo
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who REALLY cares if I was to walk to a park, write some stuff down, and take a picture of a rock?!
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timewellspent
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ArcherDragoon wrote:
Edit: To be clear...the regardless part is in reference to local policy...Geoaware requires that info for any Earthcache regardless of location...


So Geoaware should already have this contact info since there are EC's in Minneapolis Parks correct? Just ask this reviewer who the other CO's contacted for permission so you may contact them as well.
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timewellspent wrote:
So Geoaware should already have this contact info


I would be pretty surprised if a reviewer that reviews Earthcaches across the entire US (plus some?) would have the contact info from a cache that he reviewed quite some time ago..
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speedysk1
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Fruitcake can investigate this a bit and see why this is required or ask Geoaware to respond here? I agree with MNMizzou. As long as anyone else can be at that location permission is not required. It's one thing to ask for permission to leave a cache container, it's something entirely different to have someone read a public plague and take a picture. I'd be very interested to understand the reasoning for this.
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

speedysk1 wrote:
Maybe Fruitcake can investigate this a bit and see why this is required or ask Geoaware to respond here? I agree with MNMizzou. As long as anyone else can be at that location permission is not required. It's one thing to ask for permission to leave a cache container, it's something entirely different to have someone read a public plague and take a picture. I'd be very interested to understand the reasoning for this.


I looked it up on the FAQ:

http://www.geosociety.org/earthcache/faq.htm

2nd to the last question in this case.
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