About the Foundation

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Minneapolis is defined by its parks. The Grand Rounds were fundamental to shaping Minneapolis because our park system was envisioned as an interconnected network of greenspace and parkways – creating a framework for building ever-greater access to parks throughout the city.

Since 2003, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) has been an independent donor-supported nonprofit dedicated to supporting our continually evolving park system. Today, we bring visionary leadership, philanthropic investment, and private sector expertise to support innovation and equity throughout the whole Minneapolis Park system.

MPF is the primary philanthropic partner to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which stewards the city’s 6,790 acres of parkland and water. MPF also partners with a number of additional organizations that have a shared interest in excellence for Minneapolis parks and public spaces.

Our Projects & Programs

MPF is currently focusing on three core strategies:

  • Envisioning and advancing the Next Generation of Parks, through the RiverFirst Initiative and its signature projects. Water Works, Hall’s Island/Scherer and the 26th Ave N Family of Projects will transform the way Minneapolis engages with the Upper Mississippi Riverfront, especially in our North and Northeast neighborhoods.
  • Leading community conversations around the role parks play in vital communities. In 2015, hundreds of community members explored the intersection of parks and the environment, health, and equity through our three-part Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series. And _[ , aka Minne the Lake Creature, thrilled thousands at Lake Calhoun before we reeled her in for repairs.
  • Driving equitable investment in our neighborhood parks to ensure everyone in Minneapolis lives within walking distance of healthy, active parks. In 2015, with your help, we provided philanthropic support in places like Bethune Park in North Minneapolis, Phillips Aquatic Center in South Minneapolis, and the future Northeast Park Recreation Center.