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Donors Say Yes

July 20, 2018 by Tom Evers

This month, Minneapolis has added two beautiful additions to our already incredible park system: The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park and the Cedar Lake South Beach bathhouse. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation supported both projects. For The Trailhead, the Parks Foundation contributed to the capital campaign and helped secure gap financing. In the case of Cedar.....

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Savoring the Season

June 18, 2018 by Tom Evers

Just last week, my daughter’s 12U softball team stopped practice to gaze in amazement as a bald eagle flew within a few yards above us, traveling from Lake Hiawatha into the neighborhood. That moment encapsulated so much of what makes our city parks extraordinary. In addition to the majesty of such a powerful creature in.....

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Tops Again! Minneapolis Parks Ranks #1 for 6th Year in a Row

May 23, 2018 by Janette Law

This morning, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board jointly announced that Minneapolis has claimed the top spot in TPL’s national ParkScore® rankings – for the sixth consecutive year. TPL introduced the ParkScore program in 2012 to highlight its goal of having every U.S. city resident live within a.....

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Parks forge traditions

May 8, 2018 by Tom Evers

On Sunday, I participated in one of my favorite annual traditions in Minneapolis, spending a sunny afternoon with several thousand others reveling in the awakening of spring in Powderhorn Park at the Heart of the Beast Theater’s MayDay parade and festival. This four-decade-old tradition celebrates the elements that make our community great, while recognizing the.....

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Introducing Rebecca Bachman, Institutional Giving Manager

April 30, 2018 by Chee Xiong

We welcome Rebecca Bachman to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation as our Institutional Giving Manager. Rebecca will manage the grant portfolio and find opportunities in corporate foundations and government grant-making to support Minneapolis parks. Rebecca began her career in philanthropy directing the Minnesota Independent Film Fund, an experimental collaboration between The McKnight Foundation, MN Film Board,.....

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Strength in Numbers

April 19, 2018 by Tom Evers

Because the Minneapolis Riverfront is a statewide asset, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is playing a more active role in supporting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s requests for state bond funding for Minneapolis parks this legislative session. Though we support all elements of the Park Board’s efforts at the capital, we’re primarily focused on supporting.....

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Artfully Connected | Get Started with the Art Lending Library, April 27, at North Commons Park

April 16, 2018 by Janette Law

One of the aspects of Minneapolis parks that we cherish is the way they bring community together in our public spaces – natural areas, playgrounds and ballfields, and recreation centers, where community organizations like the Minneapolis Art Lending Library find a welcome place to make connections between artists and art lovers. In December 2017, the.....

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Next Generation of Parks spring events connect aspiration and inspiration

March 20, 2018 by Tom Evers

Good ideas implemented well will change how we see the world around us. The best ideas also act as a multiplier when shared. This is the theory behind the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series. For the better part of this decade, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has hosted an event series that.....

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Super Bowl MVP: Minneapolis parks and the public realm

February 15, 2018 by Tom Evers

Amidst the hubbub surrounding the Super Bowl and the affiliated festivities of the last month, one MVP shined the brightest: our Most Valued Places – Minneapolis parks and the public realm. From the zip line that stretched across the Mississippi in the Central Riverfront Regional Park, to the Great Northern Festival events at Wirth Park.....

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News Release | Sara Barrow, Joseph Gibbons, Pahoua Yang Hoffman, and Pete Thrane join Parks Foundation Board of Directors

January 19, 2018 by Janette Law

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation Board of Directors named four new members at its December meeting: Sara Barrow, Xcel Energy; Joseph Gibbons, Boyd, Gibbons & Associates; Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Citizens League; Pete Thrane, Stinson Leonard Street. The Parks Foundation’s new directors will begin three-year terms in January 2018. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation transforms.....

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