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Finding Health and Community in Our Parks

March 19, 2020 by Tom Evers

I am writing this update from the comfort of my home, where through my windows, I see neighbors out for their runs, families taking their daily walk, and bikers enjoying the mild weather. From this vantage point, there is an odd sense of normalcy, as if it were just another weekday in Minneapolis.  But we.....

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Minneapolis Parks Deserve Statewide Investment

February 21, 2020 by Tom Evers

Minneapolis Parks are a statewide asset that deserve critical infrastructure funding at the capital. That’s why we’re partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the community to help support the Minneapolis delegation as they seek to fund several important projects through the bi-annual bonding process. State general obligation bonding is a critical process.....

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Water Works Construction: January Update

January 31, 2020 by Janette Law

One of the most exciting things about the Water Works project is the park pavilion. Conceived as a knitting of modern architecture and contemporary amenities into the historic remnants of two 1800s saw and flour mills, it promises to be a dynamic public space with abundant natural materials and light. One of the people tasked.....

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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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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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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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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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Your Support is Helping Us to Transform Lives. Thank You!

November 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

For all of us at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, November marks the beginning of a season of gratitude. Without our donors we would not be able to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and other key stakeholders to imagine and construct extraordinary parks that help to reach the potential our public space can.....

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Notes from The High Line’s “Beyond Economic Impact” symposium

November 7, 2019 by Paul Bauknight

Recently, I attended the High Line Network’s first symposium Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure Reuse in New York City. The High Line Network was formed as a response to the High Line’s incredible success of over 8 million visitors a year while also focusing on some of the unintended consequences of the.....

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