2019

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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Water Works Construction: October Update

October 31, 2019 by Janette Law

Now nearly four months into construction, the Water Works site looks markedly different from where it began last July. Construction crews continue to focus on site grading and mill remnant stabilization, as winter fast approaches and work will soon shift indoors. This month, we toured the site with Greg Brown, Senior Civil Engineer with Kimley-Horn,.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events! Walter Hood

October 24, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We are thrilled to celebrate 10 amazing years of Next Generation of Parks events. This – always free – lecture series has brought leaders and innovators from all around the world to share their stories, working challenges, and successes with us here in Minneapolis. Presenters with various backgrounds have led these thoughtful discussions. From parks.....

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Reflections on a Summer of Connections

by Tom Evers

This time of year, the beauty of Minneapolis parks changes starkly before our eyes. With red, orange, and yellow colors bursting from the tree canopy under a crisp blue sky, Minneapolitans were beckoned outside these October days to savor our city parks in their splendor. As we transition into fall, it’s appropriate to reflect on.....

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Paying it Forward

October 18, 2019 by Janette Law

A new endowment fund is just one of the ways the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is working to serve a city of parks-lovers. Where will your money do the most good after you’re gone? “Like most people, I hadn’t really thought about that question too much,” says Bill W., 63. But when his financial planner suggested.....

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4 Reasons you’ll Fall for Minneapolis Parks this Season

October 8, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

As the temperature drops, and we feel the brisk wind blowing summer beach trips and lakeside campfires away, we welcome the vibrant colors and low evening light that come with Autumn. Here are 4 activities that will have you falling for Minneapolis parks this season. #1. Forage for Fruits and Nuts in Parks As of.....

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Water Works Construction Update – September

September 26, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction at the Water Works site continues apace, with work focusing on restoration and stabilization of historic features, many of which – especially mill remnant walls – will be elements in the design of the park and pavilion. In addition, site demolition and excavation also continues. Throughout this work, crews are taking particular care of.....

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Volunteer Opportunity: Minneapolis Parks Library Steward

September 25, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We’re working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to recruit volunteer library stewards to help with the care and management of Little Free Libraries within Minneapolis Parks. Established in 2017, there are now more than 50 free lending libraries located throughout Minneapolis Parks, either in or near recreation and community centers, and they are.....

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10 Years Strong, the Next Generation of Parks Event Series Still Sparks Conversation and Ideas

September 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

Earlier this summer, I was invited by the Knight Foundation to participate in a national forum centered on the public realm and the human connections generated through parks and public spaces. At the event, I learned alongside community activists, city planners, landscape architects, and park professionals about creative solutions to address the challenges cities nationwide.....

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6 Ways Parks Mitigate Climate Change Impacts

September 17, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

After attending our Sunrise on the Mississippi event a couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the topic of parks and climate change highlighted by our keynote speaker, Paul Huttner. As chief meteorologist for MPR News and host of the popular podcast, Climate Cast, Huttner spoke on changing weather patterns felt here in Minneapolis and.....

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