Listicles

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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5 Films (and 1 TV Show) Shot in Minneapolis Parks

February 4, 2019 by Chee Xiong

This month we tapped our friend, Stephanie Curtis, co-host of Minnesota Public Radio’s the Cube Critics to share a few movies filmed in Minneapolis parks. To our surprise, there are quite a few flicks which includes scenes shot in our city’s green jewels! This list is by no means exhaustible but here are a few.....

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Three ways to unplug and beat the winter blues in Minneapolis Parks

January 14, 2019 by Chee Xiong

The sometimes dark and gloomy days of winter can be physically and mentally taxing. Fortunately, Minneapolis parks offer an array of endless ways to keep us active during the cold months. Here are a few fun ways to make friends with Old Man Winter. A Walk in the Park Take a stroll in the park.....

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5 Remnants of the Past Still Visible in Minneapolis Parks

December 7, 2018 by Matt Karl

They say the only constant is change. And if this adage is true, then city parks are no exception. Over the years, parkland is graded and re-graded, new buildings go up and the old ones come down, and park amenities once considered cutting-edge eventually grow obsolete and are removed or abandoned. Despite the momentum of.....

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Soundscapes from three Minneapolis parks

November 7, 2018 by Chee Xiong

Walk to your closest park and close your eyes … what do you hear? The Minneapolis Park System comprises 6,809 aces of parkland and water, located in our large metropolis. It is never truly quiet. Each park buzzes with a unique soundscape, no matter how big or small. You might hear the laughter of children.....

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Three parks to see fall foliage

October 17, 2018 by Chee Xiong

There is an advantage to living in a city built around parks, we get to experience the fullness of all four seasons. Fall colors are at their peak, with limited time to immerse yourself in this most wonderful and fleeting moment in the Minneapolis park system. Don’t wait, get out there and enjoy the diversity.....

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Three Minneapolis parks to enjoy your #hammocklife

September 11, 2018 by Chee Xiong

[Update] Since we first published this post, community members wrote to us and voiced their concerns about tree care and hammocking behaviors. Like them (and you!), we love and value the trees in Minneapolis, so we added a good practices section below with additional resources, to help ensure and protect the natural resources. Hammocks are.....

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