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National Forums Highlight Themes of Equity, Climate, Community Health

August 13, 2019 by Tom Evers

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to two national convenings related to parks and the public realm: The inaugural Knight Public Spaces Forum in Philadelphia and City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener conference in Denver. Both events drew together park professionals, urban designers, program staff, and nonprofit and foundation leaders to learn from.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation Invites Minneapolis to “Book It to the Watershed” this Summer

August 8, 2019 by Janette Law

Starting August 10th, look for new water-themed books in 31 Little Free Libraries throughout Minneapolis parks, supported in part by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Minneapolis, Minn. – As Minneapolitans dive into summer with visits to our lakes and pools, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has stocked 31 Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis parks with 420.....

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How to Become a Part of Something Transformational and Enduring

July 17, 2019 by Tom Evers

“Unquestionably the Mississippi River should be preserved for the use and enjoyment of all our people and for those of the coming generations.”Theodore Wirth It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to contribute to a legacy on par with the world-class Minneapolis park system. But that’s exactly what we’re inviting you to do.....

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What Truly Makes Minneapolis Parks World Class?

June 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

Last month the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced that after six consecutive years at the top of its ParkScore list, Minneapolis’s rank among city park systems nationwide was adjusted downward to third place. The national conservation organization released its annual ranking of city parkland and amenities and placed Washington D.C. and St. Paul higher.....

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News Release | Overlook Design Will Open North Minneapolis to the River Through a Dynamic New Park Feature; $250,000 Matching Grant Kicks off Public Phase of RiverFirst Capital Campaign

June 18, 2019 by Janette Law

Great Northern Greenway Overlook Design Will Open North Minneapolis to the River Through a Dynamic New RiverFirst Park Feature Minneapolis Parks Foundation invites the community to help support riverfront parks with a generous matching grant from the Schulze Family Foundation Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shared.....

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Our Summer Events Will Create Connections

May 17, 2019 by Tom Evers

This month we are launching the second season of our Minneapolis Parks Walk & Talks – a series of curated strolls through different parks in Minneapolis with people who know about the intersection of stories, nature, and public space. Over the summer, we are offering several unique walks as a way to build stronger ties.....

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We’re All for Parks (and Parks for All)

April 23, 2019 by Tom Evers

The Minneapolis park system was born from a plan drafted by renowned Landscape Architect Horace Cleveland. To this day, the original vision he established continues to inform how our city grows, who benefits, and how. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has continued to build on that original vision with new aspirations and expectations for.....

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News Release: Join Us for The Parks Prescription Featuring Dr. Robert Zarr – A Next Generation of Parks Event, Tuesday, May 7

April 4, 2019 by Janette Law

Recently featured in Time Magazine and on NBC Nightly News, Dr. Zarr shares his groundbreaking approach to chronic disease management with parents, teachers, caregivers, nature lovers, wellness-seekers, and community health advocates Minneapolis, Minn. – “There’s a paradigm shift in the way we think about parks: Not just as a place to recreate, but literally as.....

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Community Profile: Jasmine Russell

March 18, 2019 by Janette Law

We regularly highlight members of our community who are supporting parks through their involvement with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. We’re 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’re featuring.....

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Creating Welcoming Spaces for All

March 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

Nine years ago, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation launched two initiatives that have come to define the organization: The RiverFirst Initiative and the Next Generation of Parks event series. Both of these efforts have expanded the shared understanding of how parks serve Minneapolis and helped reimagine how parks will shape our future. With attention to the.....

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