2019

News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commemorate Groundbreaking at Water Works

August 28, 2019 by Janette Law

Grand opening of the expansion of Mill Ruins Park and Water Works Park Pavilion anticipated in fall 2020, with restaurant run by The Sioux Chef to follow in spring 2021 Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board celebrated a milestone today when they commemorated groundbreaking on the expansion of.....

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8 Pollinator-Friendly Plants at Longfellow Gardens

August 15, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

The Longfellow House, which is home to our Parks Foundation offices, is surrounded by natural beauty, including Minnehaha Falls and Regional Park, the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek, and the stunning Longfellow Gardens, which sits right next door and makes the view from our windows rather exceptional. Longfellow Gardens is located just west of Minnehaha Park,.....

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National Forums Highlight Themes of Equity, Climate, Community Health

August 13, 2019 by Tom Evers

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to two national convenings related to parks and the public realm: The inaugural Knight Public Spaces Forum in Philadelphia and City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener conference in Denver. Both events drew together park professionals, urban designers, program staff, and nonprofit and foundation leaders to learn from.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation Invites Minneapolis to “Book It to the Watershed” this Summer

August 8, 2019 by Janette Law

Starting August 10th, look for new water-themed books in 31 Little Free Libraries throughout Minneapolis parks, supported in part by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Minneapolis, Minn. – As Minneapolitans dive into summer with visits to our lakes and pools, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has stocked 31 Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis parks with 420.....

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Water Works Construction is Under Way!

July 29, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We’re thrilled to announce that major construction is under way at Water Works, thanks to the generosity of donors to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation RiverFirst Capital Campaign, who’ve contributed more than $16.7 million of the $18 million goal. THANK YOU! (If you haven’t yet supported this effort, your contribution will be matched by making a.....

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How to Become a Part of Something Transformational and Enduring

July 17, 2019 by Tom Evers

“Unquestionably the Mississippi River should be preserved for the use and enjoyment of all our people and for those of the coming generations.”Theodore Wirth It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to contribute to a legacy on par with the world-class Minneapolis park system. But that’s exactly what we’re inviting you to do.....

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5 Out-of-the-Ordinary Sports to Try This Summer

July 15, 2019 by Matt Karl

When you hear the phrase “sports in the parks,” what comes to mind? Chances are you’ll think of softball, volleyball, basketball, or maybe soccer or tennis. But there are other options, and summer is a great time to try something new. Here are five out-of-the-ordinary sports that can be done in Minneapolis city parks. #1.....

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Community Profile: Camille Burke

June 25, 2019 by Christine Moir

We regularly highlight members of our community who are supporting parks through their involvement with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. We’re inspired by the people who care for and use our parks and we want to recognize the many individuals and organizations who make our system incredible through their generosity. Thank you! This month we’re featuring.....

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10 Reasons to Celebrate the RiverFirst Campaign

June 20, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

With the launch of the RiverFirst Campaign this week, it is only fitting to write a listicle on the many amazing reasons to celebrate this landmark Campaign and why we hope YOU will consider supporting this vision with a donation. The RiverFirst Campaign is supporting two main projects: An overlook connecting the Great Northern Greenway/26th.....

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What Truly Makes Minneapolis Parks World Class?

by Tom Evers

Last month the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced that after six consecutive years at the top of its ParkScore list, Minneapolis’s rank among city park systems nationwide was adjusted downward to third place. The national conservation organization released its annual ranking of city parkland and amenities and placed Washington D.C. and St. Paul higher.....

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