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 Camille Burke – a Parks Foundation donor since 2009 – who moved to Minneapolis from Wisconsin over a decade ago, attracted here in part because of the city’s embrace of the Mississippi River.

In addition to her generous annual fund giving, she is a significant supporter of the RiverFirst Capital Campaign. Here Camille shares her pride in Minneapolis Parks; to learn more about what inspired her RiverFirst giving, check out our 2018-2019 Annual Report.

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory of being in a park (it doesn’t have to be in Minneapolis).
I remember going to Myrick Park in La Crosse, WI, with my parents and swinging my heart out. Those are happy memories before I even started school.

What park experiences do/would you like to share with out-of-town guests?
With out of town guests, of course the Stone Arch Bridge, Minnehaha Falls, biking the Grand Rounds, taking young guests to any playgrounds or beaches. Also, eating at the restaurants in the parks – Sandcastle at Nokomis and Sea Salt at Minnehaha.

Why do you support the Minneapolis Parks Foundation?
I am so very proud of our nationally acclaimed park system and I believe in the vision for the future of our parks being developed by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

Why are parks important to Minneapolis?
Access to green space is healthy both physically and mentally for all of us. The park system makes Minneapolis a desirable place to live and work. We all benefit from green space and we have access within the city, so all can partake!

Trails, beaches, or playgrounds?
Trails first as I love biking and hiking, followed by playgrounds for the youngsters and the beaches are a very special extra. We are so fortunate to have all of this within the city limits.

Correction: This post previously stated that Camille was a Parks Foundation board member. It was edited on July 22, 2019.

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