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Co-Creating the Future: Lynn Ross, Sunrise on the Mississippi Keynote Speaker, on Reimagining the Civic Commons

August 17, 2018 by Tom Evers

Every year, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation brings an inspiring leader to town to be our keynote speaker at our annual Sunrise on the Mississippi breakfast. This year, we’re proud to host Lynn Ross, a lauded urban planner working to transform cities by reimagining how our city design can heal communities together. I first met Lynn.....

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4 photogenic Minneapolis parks for your senior photo

August 15, 2018 by Chee Xiong

The class of 2019 is entering their last year of high school. You can capture this special moment for a senior in one of our gorgeous Minneapolis parks. From woodsy areas with dappled lighting to the shining Chain of Lakes, there are well over 6,000+ acres of parkland and water that can make a personal.....

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Donors Say Yes

July 20, 2018 by Tom Evers

This month, Minneapolis has added two beautiful additions to our already incredible park system: The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park and the Cedar Lake South Beach bathhouse. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation supported both projects. For The Trailhead, the Parks Foundation contributed to the capital campaign and helped secure gap financing. In the case of Cedar.....

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Meet Will Metcalf, 2018 Research Assistant in Practice

July 6, 2018 by Janette Law

For the last five years or so, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has gratefully accepted a Research Assistant in Practice (RA) from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Through this program, graduate students get in-depth work-learning experience and the Parks Foundation benefits from the students’ design skills and fresh thinking. Over the years, the.....

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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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