People for Parks Fund

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Created in 2020 with the consolidation of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and People for Parks, the People for Parks Fund carries forward a 42-year legacy of grassroots support for Minneapolis parks through grants, fundraising events, and bench and paver sales.

Advisory Committee

The People for Parks Fund Advisory Committee will develop the People for Parks Fund grant criteria and process as part of the initial start-up phase of the Fund. The Advisory Committee will comprise four Parks Foundation Board Members – including two appointed from the former People for Parks board – and several community members.

The Advisory Committee will recommend and guide the annual process for setting grant priorities for each year, a timeline for seeking proposals, distributing grants, methods for tracking results, and capturing stories about the impact of each grant. The Advisory Committee will also work with volunteers to produce Fund-supporting events. In the coming months we’ll be expanding membership for the Advisory Committee.

Grants Program

The People for Parks Fund Advisory Committee will recommend grant guidelines and goals for annual grant distributions, to be announced in early 2021. All grants will be directed in support of Minneapolis parks and organizations whose mission supports Minneapolis parks. Proceeds from bench and paver sales and signature fundraising events help support the grant program.

Fundraising Events

Posters for Parks Show (Fall)
The show is a FREE and family-friendly event. The show, features limited-edition posters created by local artists and designers, inspired by Minneapolis’ award-winning park system. Posters for Parks is a joint venture with LoveMplsParks.org, which will contribute 50% of all profits to the People for Parks Fund. 

Root Beer Run (Spring)
The Root Beer Run is open to all people from throughout the community who want to be active in our parks and who enjoy root beer—with or without ice cream! Participants choose to run, walk, or stroll either a 1⁄2-mile or full mile and then receive root beer after they cross the finish line. 100% of all registration fees are donated to People for Parks, a Minneapolis nonprofit that sponsors programs and projects to enhance and promote our city’s parks.

Bench and Paver Sales

Proceeds from the sale of benches at Lake Harriet and pavers at Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska support the People for Parks Fund.

Order a Bench or Paver


History of People for Parks

Founded in 1977, People for Parks has identified and directed $2.5 million to Minneapolis parks through grant making, fundraising events, and fiscal agency. Its work originated with Dutch elm disease and grew to include support for the Lake Harriet Bandshell rehabilitation, Wabun universal access play area – the first of its kind in Minneapolis – and the nature playscape at North Mississippi Regional Park. In 2020, People for Parks consolidated with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

People for Parks History (pdf)

YOUR DONATION helps ensure the parks in our city remain accessible, equitable and serving everyone.