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4 Reasons you’ll Fall for Minneapolis Parks this Season

October 8, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

As the temperature drops, and we feel the brisk wind blowing summer beach trips and lakeside campfires away, we welcome the vibrant colors and low evening light that come with Autumn. Here are 4 activities that will have you falling for Minneapolis parks this season. #1. Forage for Fruits and Nuts in Parks As of.....

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Water Works Construction Update – September

September 26, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction at the Water Works site continues apace, with work focusing on restoration and stabilization of historic features, many of which – especially mill remnant walls – will be elements in the design of the park and pavilion. In addition, site demolition and excavation also continues. Throughout this work, crews are taking particular care of.....

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Volunteer Opportunity: Minneapolis Parks Library Steward

September 25, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We’re working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to recruit volunteer library stewards to help with the care and management of Little Free Libraries within Minneapolis Parks. Established in 2017, there are now more than 50 free lending libraries located throughout Minneapolis Parks, either in or near recreation and community centers, and they are.....

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10 Years Strong, the Next Generation of Parks Event Series Still Sparks Conversation and Ideas

September 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

Earlier this summer, I was invited by the Knight Foundation to participate in a national forum centered on the public realm and the human connections generated through parks and public spaces. At the event, I learned alongside community activists, city planners, landscape architects, and park professionals about creative solutions to address the challenges cities nationwide.....

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6 Ways Parks Mitigate Climate Change Impacts

September 17, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

After attending our Sunrise on the Mississippi event a couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the topic of parks and climate change highlighted by our keynote speaker, Paul Huttner. As chief meteorologist for MPR News and host of the popular podcast, Climate Cast, Huttner spoke on changing weather patterns felt here in Minneapolis and.....

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News Release | You Are Welcome Here: NYC’s Mitch Silver Kicks off 2019-20 Next Gen Event Series

September 10, 2019 by Janette Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10th Anniversary Season Begins Thursday, October 10, at University of Minnesota, Presented by Minnesota Public Radio News You Are Welcome Here: How New York City is Planning for a New Future Through Parks New York City Parks Commissioner and one of the “100 Most Influential Urbanists,” Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, debuts the.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commemorate Groundbreaking at Water Works

August 28, 2019 by Janette Law

Grand opening of the expansion of Mill Ruins Park and Water Works Park Pavilion anticipated in fall 2020, with restaurant run by The Sioux Chef to follow in spring 2021 Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board celebrated a milestone today when they commemorated groundbreaking on the expansion of.....

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8 Pollinator-Friendly Plants at Longfellow Gardens

August 15, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

The Longfellow House, which is home to our Parks Foundation offices, is surrounded by natural beauty, including Minnehaha Falls and Regional Park, the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek, and the stunning Longfellow Gardens, which sits right next door and makes the view from our windows rather exceptional. Longfellow Gardens is located just west of Minnehaha Park,.....

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National Forums Highlight Themes of Equity, Climate, Community Health

August 13, 2019 by Tom Evers

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to two national convenings related to parks and the public realm: The inaugural Knight Public Spaces Forum in Philadelphia and City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener conference in Denver. Both events drew together park professionals, urban designers, program staff, and nonprofit and foundation leaders to learn from.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation Invites Minneapolis to “Book It to the Watershed” this Summer

August 8, 2019 by Janette Law

Starting August 10th, look for new water-themed books in 31 Little Free Libraries throughout Minneapolis parks, supported in part by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Minneapolis, Minn. – As Minneapolitans dive into summer with visits to our lakes and pools, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has stocked 31 Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis parks with 420.....

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