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Water Works helps fulfill the promise to return to the river

June 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

Recently, an architect pointed out to me that no building reaches its authentic potential unless its designer considers both the stories of the land that surrounds it and the people who have moved through it. This is true for parks, too, and a fitting expectation for one of the most complex sites in Minneapolis: Water.....

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News Release | Water Works design concept adopted by Minneapolis Park Board

June 29, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Park Board preparing for 2018 construction start on phase 1 of the transformative park project overlooking St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River Minneapolis, Minn. – On Wednesday, June 28, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) voted to adopt the Water Works design concept. Water Works is a transformative park.....

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Check it out! We helped put 55 new Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis parks

by Janette Law

Last week, on June 21, the longest day of the year was also one of the brightest. We celebrated the installation – and fully stocking – of 55 new Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis parks. Thanks to a powerful partnership of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation with Minnesota Public Radio, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minneapolis.....

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In 2017, Humans of Minneapolis series explores how parks transform human life

June 12, 2017 by Janette Law

Last year, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation commissioned 15 portraits of parks users from Stephanie Glaros (pictured above), the photojournalist behind Humans of Minneapolis. Taken over the course of the summer and throughout the city, the images and stories Stephanie collected captured our imaginations. Fathers, athletes, dog lovers, hammockers, an archer, a diarist and a bookworm.....

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Summer forecast: New connections and fresh perspectives

May 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

In summer, the Minneapolis park system provides ample activities for youth, including sports leagues, summer camps, and places to gather and meet friends. For teens, parks also provide rewarding job opportunities as life guards, camp staff and “Green Team” landscape crews. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is adding to that mix of opportunities – through experience.....

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High Five! Minneapolis Parks named best in the nation for the fifth time

May 24, 2017 by Janette Law

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was named today the nation’s top park system, for the fifth consecutive year. The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index ranks the 100 largest cities for access to parks and greenspace, as well as amenities like playgrounds and basketball courts, and funding invested per capita. St. Paul, San Francisco,.....

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Join us on National Get Outdoors Day at Powderhorn Park, June 10

May 18, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Get outside, be active, and join us at Powderhorn Park as we celebrate the many wonders of the great outdoors! Get Outdoors Day provides an opportunity for children of all ages and backgrounds to discover fun recreational activities. Access to nature, green space, and outdoor recreation inspires young park users to live active, healthy lifestyles......

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The PopUp Dinner returns, Saturday, August 12! Tickets now available.

May 16, 2017 by Janette Law

After a hiatus in 2016, the PopUp Dinner Twin Cities will be back and more artful than ever, Saturday, August 12, 2017. Tickets are now available for the summer’s most anticipated picnic under the stars – a dinner in white, at a secret Minneapolis park location, with delightful ambiance and musical entertainment. Pre-sale tickets are.....

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Help us “Book It to the Parks,” June 21, celebrating Little Free Libraries at all Minneapolis recreation centers

May 15, 2017 by Janette Law

Over the last few weeks, tiny “houses” have been quietly popping up at recreation centers throughout Minneapolis. Small as they are, these 50+ little buildings will hold entire worlds. They’re Little Free Libraries, and thanks to a joint effort of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and our partners, every recreation and community center in the Minneapolis.....

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Parks Foundation and Park Board seek community input on evolved Water Works design concept

May 2, 2017 by Janette Law

New design proposal advances Water Works as a place for storytelling, embeds park pavilion in mill ruins and emphasizes green- and playspace Minneapolis, Minn. – On Monday, May 1, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation presented to the public an evolved concept for Water Works at the first of two.....

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