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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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Community Profile: Mohamed Mohamed is Swimming for Life

December 19, 2019 by Janette Law

Story contributed by Mimi Kalb, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board In the land of 10,000 lakes, and city with 65 public pools and 12 authorized beaches (and hundreds of boat and canoe launches, sailboat bouys, fishing piers, swim docks … you get the idea!), knowing how to swim is both a pleasure – and potentially.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Cameron Downey and the Next Generation

December 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

Re-introducing Cameron DowneyLooking back through the incredible last decade of the Next Generation of Parks Event Series, one young artist, Cameron Downey, drew us in and was an easy choice to highlight in this month’s 10th Anniversary blog post. [Related Content: The Genesis of the Next Generation of Parks] Downey spoke at our June 25th,.....

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A Newcomer’s Guide to 9 Winter Activities in Minneapolis Parks (and 1 a Little Farther Afield)

December 12, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

From the window at my desk in the Longfellow House, I have a front row seat to the annual spectacle of a colorful autumn landscape transforming into a stark white snow cover that undoubtedly is settling in for the long haul. For me, it’s a tough reality to stomach on a 5-degree day like yesterday,.....

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Water Works Construction: November Update

November 26, 2019 by Janette Law

It’s that time of year when Minnesotans – at least those with a regular commute – begin asking if road construction season is over. Well folks, it nearly is, and that’s great news for users of the stretch of West River Parkway between Portland Ave and 4th St N. With the season’s first winter storm.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: In the Beginning, featuring Cecily Hines

November 20, 2019 by Janette Law

“When I was hired to bring the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to life, one of the first things I did was take a look around at successful parks organizations across the country,” says Cecily Hines, the Parks Foundation’s first Executive Director. This was 2009. President Obama had recently taken office. Minneapolis and the nation were in.....

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