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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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Courtesy MN Historical Society

Parks – revealing stories through placemaking

April 25, 2017 by Tom Evers

Minneapolis is a city layered with stories and history – some yet to be uncovered, some being seen in a new light. With new discoveries, we can change how we look at our city and understand our past. For the past 5 years, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board have.....

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Janet Lansbury shares stories of spontaneous play

April 14, 2017 by Janette Law

Our Saturday, May 6, Next Generation of Parks™ speaker on “Celebrating Play” is renowned child-development expert Janet Lansbury, who will talk about embracing kids’ self-directed exploration of the outdoors. We invited Lansbury to share with us some stories of spontaneous play. She sent us the four stories below, telling us, “Trusting our child’s choices brings.....

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News Release | Join us for a community open house to learn about Water Works progress, May 1 or 2, 2017

April 11, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation invite community members to learn about progress on the Water Works project Two community open houses will be held on Monday, May 1, 5:30-8pm, at Mill City Museum, and Tuesday, May 2, 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Crown Roller Mill Building. Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Park and.....

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Next Generation of Parks event, Saturday, May 6: “Celebrating Play” with Janet Lansbury

March 30, 2017 by Janette Law

Next Generation of Parks Event Series Continues Janet Lansbury, renowned early childhood development expert, talks about “Celebrating Play” Join us for a special family-friendly, Saturday-in-the-park talk, presented by Minnesota Public Radio, Saturday, May 6, 3-5pm, Brackett Recreation Center, Minneapolis Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation welcomes early childhood development expert Janet Lansbury for the.....

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Child in the city: Leading and learning from Salzburg to Minneapolis

by Tom Evers

Last week, I was granted a rare opportunity to travel to Salzburg, Austria, to participate in a Global Seminar titled The Child in the City: Health, Parks, and Play. Spending four days in conversation and deliberation with dozens of park and child development professionals from around the world, we developed guidance for an international statement.....

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