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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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Reflections on a Summer of Connections

October 24, 2019 by Tom Evers

This time of year, the beauty of Minneapolis parks changes starkly before our eyes. With red, orange, and yellow colors bursting from the tree canopy under a crisp blue sky, Minneapolitans were beckoned outside these October days to savor our city parks in their splendor. As we transition into fall, it’s appropriate to reflect on.....

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10 Years Strong, the Next Generation of Parks Event Series Still Sparks Conversation and Ideas

September 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

Earlier this summer, I was invited by the Knight Foundation to participate in a national forum centered on the public realm and the human connections generated through parks and public spaces. At the event, I learned alongside community activists, city planners, landscape architects, and park professionals about creative solutions to address the challenges cities nationwide.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commemorate Groundbreaking at Water Works

August 28, 2019 by Janette Law

Grand opening of the expansion of Mill Ruins Park and Water Works Park Pavilion anticipated in fall 2020, with restaurant run by The Sioux Chef to follow in spring 2021 Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board celebrated a milestone today when they commemorated groundbreaking on the expansion of.....

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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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