Finding Health and Community in Our Parks

March 19, 2020 by Tom Evers

I am writing this update from the comfort of my home, where through my windows, I see neighbors out for their runs, families taking their daily walk, and bikers enjoying the mild weather. From this vantage point, there is an odd sense of normalcy, as if it were just another weekday in Minneapolis.  But we.....

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11 Books that Feature Minneapolis Parks

March 18, 2020 by Madeleine Koski

In honor of National Reading Month (March), we connected with our friends Jenna Jacobs and Ted Hathaway at Hennepin County Library and asked for their help in creating a list of books that all either take place in, feature, or are connected to a Minneapolis park. This list is a broad combination of fiction and.....

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Water Works Construction: February Update

February 29, 2020 by Janette Law

Water Works continued to take shape in February, with the most visible external changes happening on the pavilion and Columbia Mill wall stabilization. Steel framing is up for the second story, with temporary wood framing skirting the steel beams to which plastic sheeting is adhered to tent the second story so it can be heated.....

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Minneapolis Parks Deserve Statewide Investment

February 21, 2020 by Tom Evers

Minneapolis Parks are a statewide asset that deserve critical infrastructure funding at the capital. That’s why we’re partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the community to help support the Minneapolis delegation as they seek to fund several important projects through the bi-annual bonding process. State general obligation bonding is a critical process.....

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Three Ways Minneapolis Parks are Promoting Pollinator Friendly Environments

February 20, 2020 by Madeleine Koski

As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of our ecosystem. They contribute to a complex, interconnected bionetwork that allows a diverse set of species to co-exist. Their role in supporting the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, cannot be overlooked, and while we may not feel it directly, the food we eat every day.....

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News Release: $100,000 matching grant from the Edward R. Bazinet Charitable Foundation positions RiverFirst Campaign for its final stretch

February 11, 2020 by Janette Law

Only $600,000 left to reach the $18.1 million goal for Water Works and Great Northern Greenway River Link riverfront parks Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation today announced that it received a $100,000 matching grant from the Edward R. Bazinet Charitable Foundation. The grant is for the RiverFirst Capital Campaign, the largest fundraising campaign.....

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Water Works Construction: January Update

January 31, 2020 by Janette Law

One of the most exciting things about the Water Works project is the park pavilion. Conceived as a knitting of modern architecture and contemporary amenities into the historic remnants of two 1800s saw and flour mills, it promises to be a dynamic public space with abundant natural materials and light. One of the people tasked.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, January 2011

January 30, 2020 by Janette Law

Beginning in fall 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MRDC). The most ambitious Next Generation of Parks effort to date, the design competition – which was co-sponsored by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota College of Design – sought.....

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Championing an Inclusive Vision for the Minneapolis Riverfront

January 22, 2020 by Tom Evers

The Minneapolis park system is at a pivotal juncture, and 2020 is the year that the Minneapolis Parks Foundation will celebrate milestones for RiverFirst and clarify a vision for our future investment on the Upper Riverfront.  Our role in Minneapolis is to guide philanthropic investment toward transformative public realm projects and programs that are rooted.....

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5 Historical Archives that will Transport you into Parks of the Past

January 15, 2020 by Madeleine Koski

#1. Minnesota ReflectionsMinnesota Reflections is an online archive, holding a collection of old park photos, maps, and other documents that are all publicly accessible and downloadable at no cost. This record holds 54,570 items from 189 historical societies, libraries, archives, and cultural organizations across Minnesota, including all of the following locations in this list. You.....

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