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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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News Release | Join us for a talk about parks and pollinators, with Dr. Marla Spivak, 7pm, February 27

January 8, 2020 by Janette Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Next Generation of Parks 10th Anniversary Season Continues at the Walker Art CenterFeaturing MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar as host of the evening’s interview and audience Q&A Minneapolis, Minn. – Dr. Marla Spivak, founder of the Spivak Honey Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, will speak as.....

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Water Works Construction: December Update

December 23, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction continues on the pavilion with the installation of several tons of precast concrete planks to form the second story. In our November construction update, we showed you the masons from Building Restoration leveling sandstone walls in the former Bassett Mill space; this work was prepping the structure to support the new planks, a finely.....

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2019 Year in Review

December 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

This has been a breakthrough year for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Since 2005, we’ve raised more than $22.3 million in support of the Minneapolis Park Foundation and in 2019 alone, we delivered more than $4.7 million for new parks and programs in the Minneapolis Parks System. As we close out the year (and decade), I.....

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