Listicles

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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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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8 Reasons to be Thankful for Minneapolis Parks

November 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

As we near the end of another beautiful year spent in Minneapolis parks, we’d like to express our gratitude for the numerous trails, gardens, and playgrounds that make up our park system. With 51 miles of Grand Rounds to bike on, 62 wading pools to play in, 120 years of free music in the park,.....

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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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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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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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5 Out-of-the-Ordinary Sports to Try This Summer

July 15, 2019 by Matt Karl

When you hear the phrase “sports in the parks,” what comes to mind? Chances are you’ll think of softball, volleyball, basketball, or maybe soccer or tennis. But there are other options, and summer is a great time to try something new. Here are five out-of-the-ordinary sports that can be done in Minneapolis city parks. #1.....

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10 Reasons to Celebrate the RiverFirst Campaign

June 20, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

With the launch of the RiverFirst Campaign this week, it is only fitting to write a listicle on the many amazing reasons to celebrate this landmark Campaign and why we hope YOU will consider supporting this vision with a donation. The RiverFirst Campaign is supporting two main projects: An overlook connecting the Great Northern Greenway/26th.....

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6 Railways in Minneapolis Parks: A Second Life

May 10, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

The urban expansion and development seen throughout our city shines brightly today. However, Minneapolis maintains a lingering ghost from the industrial past: an intricate framework of railroads, left behind from the mining, logging, and agricultural successes once only championed by the momentum of a locomotive engine. Though their use to transport grain and iron ore.....

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A Newcomer’s TOP 5 List of Minneapolis Park Activities

April 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

Hello park-goers! My name is Madeleine Koski, and I am the newest member of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation team. I couldn’t be more excited to be in Minneapolis and working to uphold and create amazing parks and public spaces for this community. I’m especially excited moving into the spring and summer months to find time.....

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