2019

Water Works Construction: December Update

December 23, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction continues on the pavilion with the installation of several tons of precast concrete planks to form the second story. In our November construction update, we showed you the masons from Building Restoration leveling sandstone walls in the former Bassett Mill space; this work was prepping the structure to support the new planks, a finely.....

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2019 Year in Review

December 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

This has been a breakthrough year for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Since 2005, we’ve raised more than $22.3 million in support of the Minneapolis Park Foundation and in 2019 alone, we delivered more than $4.7 million for new parks and programs in the Minneapolis Parks System. As we close out the year (and decade), I.....

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Community Profile: Mohamed Mohamed is Swimming for Life

December 19, 2019 by Janette Law

Story contributed by Mimi Kalb, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board In the land of 10,000 lakes, and city with 65 public pools and 12 authorized beaches (and hundreds of boat and canoe launches, sailboat bouys, fishing piers, swim docks … you get the idea!), knowing how to swim is both a pleasure – and potentially.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Cameron Downey and the Next Generation

December 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

Re-introducing Cameron DowneyLooking back through the incredible last decade of the Next Generation of Parks Event Series, one young artist, Cameron Downey, drew us in and was an easy choice to highlight in this month’s 10th Anniversary blog post. [Related Content: The Genesis of the Next Generation of Parks] Downey spoke at our June 25th,.....

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A Newcomer’s Guide to 9 Winter Activities in Minneapolis Parks (and 1 a Little Farther Afield)

December 12, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

From the window at my desk in the Longfellow House, I have a front row seat to the annual spectacle of a colorful autumn landscape transforming into a stark white snow cover that undoubtedly is settling in for the long haul. For me, it’s a tough reality to stomach on a 5-degree day like yesterday,.....

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Water Works Construction: November Update

November 26, 2019 by Janette Law

It’s that time of year when Minnesotans – at least those with a regular commute – begin asking if road construction season is over. Well folks, it nearly is, and that’s great news for users of the stretch of West River Parkway between Portland Ave and 4th St N. With the season’s first winter storm.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: In the Beginning, featuring Cecily Hines

November 20, 2019 by Janette Law

“When I was hired to bring the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to life, one of the first things I did was take a look around at successful parks organizations across the country,” says Cecily Hines, the Parks Foundation’s first Executive Director. This was 2009. President Obama had recently taken office. Minneapolis and the nation were in.....

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Your Support is Helping Us to Transform Lives. Thank You!

November 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

For all of us at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, November marks the beginning of a season of gratitude. Without our donors we would not be able to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and other key stakeholders to imagine and construct extraordinary parks that help to reach the potential our public space can.....

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8 Reasons to be Thankful for Minneapolis Parks

November 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

As we near the end of another beautiful year spent in Minneapolis parks, we’d like to express our gratitude for the numerous trails, gardens, and playgrounds that make up our park system. With 51 miles of Grand Rounds to bike on, 62 wading pools to play in, 120 years of free music in the park,.....

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Notes from The High Line’s “Beyond Economic Impact” symposium

November 7, 2019 by Paul Bauknight

Recently, I attended the High Line Network’s first symposium Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure Reuse in New York City. The High Line Network was formed as a response to the High Line’s incredible success of over 8 million visitors a year while also focusing on some of the unintended consequences of the.....

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