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Three bee poems to sweeten your week

June 19, 2018 by Janette Law

In honor of National Pollinator Week and our July Creekside Pollinator Tour, this month we’ve gathered three sweet musings about bees. While you can see bees – and other pollinators! – throughout Minneapolis parks, you’ll certainly get a good deal of buzz in Longfellow Gardens, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, and the Lyndale Park Rose Garden......

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Savoring the Season

June 18, 2018 by Tom Evers

Just last week, my daughter’s 12U softball team stopped practice to gaze in amazement as a bald eagle flew within a few yards above us, traveling from Lake Hiawatha into the neighborhood. That moment encapsulated so much of what makes our city parks extraordinary. In addition to the majesty of such a powerful creature in.....

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Community Profile: Cris Nelson

June 13, 2018 by Christine Moir

We regularly highlight members of our community who are supporting Minneapolis parks through their involvement with the Parks Foundation. We are 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.....

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Come Kid Around With Us at Get Outdoors Day, June 8, at Powderhorn Park!

June 5, 2018 by Janette Law

Geared for children ages 4-14 and their families, this year’s Twin Cities Get Outdoors Day activities include archery, camping, canoeing, climbing wall, craft booths, fishing, fly-tying, tree planting, water safety, Zumba, and so much more. Join us at Powderhorn Park for a great evening of family fun! New to GO Day this year is goat.....

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Tops Again! Minneapolis Parks Ranks #1 for 6th Year in a Row

May 23, 2018 by Janette Law

This morning, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board jointly announced that Minneapolis has claimed the top spot in TPL’s national ParkScore® rankings – for the sixth consecutive year. TPL introduced the ParkScore program in 2012 to highlight its goal of having every U.S. city resident live within a.....

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Parks forge traditions

May 8, 2018 by Tom Evers

On Sunday, I participated in one of my favorite annual traditions in Minneapolis, spending a sunny afternoon with several thousand others reveling in the awakening of spring in Powderhorn Park at the Heart of the Beast Theater’s MayDay parade and festival. This four-decade-old tradition celebrates the elements that make our community great, while recognizing the.....

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Spring migrating birds on the Minneapolis Riverfront

by Chee Xiong

As you read this, millions of birds are flying over our region, migrating back from the southern hemisphere. One perk of being next to the Mississippi River, a major flyway, is we get to witness this incredible mass movement of our feathered friends. Fetch your binoculars, take advantage of this event, and plan for a.....

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Introducing Rebecca Bachman, Institutional Giving Manager

April 30, 2018 by Chee Xiong

We welcome Rebecca Bachman to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation as our Institutional Giving Manager. Rebecca will manage the grant portfolio and find opportunities in corporate foundations and government grant-making to support Minneapolis parks. Rebecca began her career in philanthropy directing the Minnesota Independent Film Fund, an experimental collaboration between The McKnight Foundation, MN Film Board,.....

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Strength in Numbers

April 19, 2018 by Tom Evers

Because the Minneapolis Riverfront is a statewide asset, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is playing a more active role in supporting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s requests for state bond funding for Minneapolis parks this legislative session. Though we support all elements of the Park Board’s efforts at the capital, we’re primarily focused on supporting.....

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Artfully Connected | Get Started with the Art Lending Library, April 27, at North Commons Park

April 16, 2018 by Janette Law

One of the aspects of Minneapolis parks that we cherish is the way they bring community together in our public spaces – natural areas, playgrounds and ballfields, and recreation centers, where community organizations like the Minneapolis Art Lending Library find a welcome place to make connections between artists and art lovers. In December 2017, the.....

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