October 2017

Tomorrow’s river city emerging today

October 31, 2017 by Tom Evers

If you’ve traveled West River Road through the Mill district or crossed the Stone Arch Bridge these past few weeks, you witnessed the slow reveal of the Basset Mill, hidden for nearly 50 years beneath the former Fuji Ya restaurant. This is the beginning of what will become a new iconic park destination for Minneapolis......

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Gia Biagi’s October 2017 presentation on urbanism & civic impact

October 30, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Gia Biagi, Urbanism & Civic Impact | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, October 2017 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. As Principal of Urbanism for Studio Gang, Gia Biagi is always thinking about civic architecture. She sees the role of parks designer as that of convener, and a source of empathy in times of.....

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RiverFirst | Hall’s Island in the news

by Chee Xiong

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the beginning of reconstruction of Hall’s Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Hall’s Island is part of the 11-acre Scherer site purchased by the Park Board in 2010 and is a RiverFirst Initiative signature project. Here is a selection of media coverage about Hall’s Island. Take.....

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Three bikers and their favorite Minneapolis park trails

October 23, 2017 by Chee Xiong

This past summer we partnered up with Slow Roll – Mpls., co-hosting community bike rides through North Minneapolis. Bikers had the opportunity to experience our park system from a fun and unique prospective. Riders of all ages came from surrounding communities and even St. Paul, bringing their own stories to the ride. From the bike.....

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News Release | Parks Foundation, partners survey Minneapolis Park Board candidates

October 17, 2017 by Janette Law

League of Women Voters, Trust for Public Land, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership collaborate on questionnaire about some of the important issues facing the Minneapolis Park System Minneapolis, Minn. – On November 7, Minneapolitans will go to the polls to vote for the next nine commissioners who will begin four-year terms at the.....

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Water Works: Selective deconstruction of Fuji Ya begins

October 16, 2017 by Janette Law

Our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently shared an update on pre-construction activity at Water Works; we’ve excerpted it below. This work prepares the site for construction of Water Works, which is slated to begin in fall 2018. Selective deconstruction and archival documentation has begun at the former Fuji Ya restaurant site.....

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