The Future of Parks
We envision and advance the Next Generation of Parks through initiatives such as RiverFirst.
Engagement
Through free lectures, mindful engagement, and community collaboration, we ensure everyone has a say in how parks are designed and used in Minneapolis.
Equitable Investment
We drive equitable investment to ensure everyone in Minneapolis lives within walking distance of a welcoming, vibrant neighborhood park.
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Our Communities Come Together in Parks

Minneapolis Parks Foundation is about fulfilling the almost limitless potential that great parks and inspiring public spaces have in building stronger connections between neighbors, fostering better outcomes for kids, driving economic opportunity for all, and even helping cities find new solutions to our most challenging problems, from inequality to climate change.

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

Our Mission

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation transforms human lives through parks and public spaces by aligning philanthropic investment and community vision.

Centering Our Mission With 5 Guiding Themes

Our work is shaped in collaboration with communities across Minneapolis, so our results genuinely serve all city residents.

Focused on the Big Picture

In the early 1900s, Theodore Wirth envisioned a city covered with canopies of trees, and had a goal to install playgrounds within a quarter-mile of every child. It’s this sort of vision that we seek out, support, and bring to life. We look to leave behind a legacy of community-transforming, through RiverFirst and parks investments citywide.

Teaming Up for Our Parks

Since 2003, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has been an independent donor-supported nonprofit dedicated to supporting our continually evolving park system. Today, we bring visionary leadership, philanthropic investment, and private sector expertise to support innovation and equity throughout the whole Minneapolis Park system.

Transforming Spaces Together

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation transforms human lives through parks and public spaces by aligning philanthropic investment and community vision. One of the ways we do this is by serving as the primary philanthropic partner to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which stewards the city’s 6,790 acres of parkland and water.

Supported by People Who See the Potential in Parks

Our work would be impossible without the generosity of donors and the tireless efforts of volunteers, board members, and corporate and foundation partners who embrace the transformative potential in our shared spaces.