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Tomorrow’s river city emerging today

October 31, 2017 by Tom Evers

If you’ve traveled West River Road through the Mill district or crossed the Stone Arch Bridge these past few weeks, you witnessed the slow reveal of the Basset Mill, hidden for nearly 50 years beneath the former Fuji Ya restaurant. This is the beginning of what will become a new iconic park destination for Minneapolis......

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RiverFirst | Hall’s Island in the news

October 30, 2017 by Chee Xiong

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the beginning of reconstruction of Hall’s Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Hall’s Island is part of the 11-acre Scherer site purchased by the Park Board in 2010 and is a RiverFirst Initiative signature project. Here is a selection of media coverage about Hall’s Island. Take.....

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News Release | Parks Foundation, partners survey Minneapolis Park Board candidates

October 17, 2017 by Janette Law

League of Women Voters, Trust for Public Land, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership collaborate on questionnaire about some of the important issues facing the Minneapolis Park System Minneapolis, Minn. – On November 7, Minneapolitans will go to the polls to vote for the next nine commissioners who will begin four-year terms at the.....

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Water Works: Selective deconstruction of Fuji Ya begins

October 16, 2017 by Janette Law

Our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently shared an update on pre-construction activity at Water Works; we’ve excerpted it below. This work prepares the site for construction of Water Works, which is slated to begin in fall 2018. Selective deconstruction and archival documentation has begun at the former Fuji Ya restaurant site.....

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Bruce Chamberlain to be elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

September 28, 2017 by Tom Evers

This October, Minneapolis Parks Fellow Bruce Chamberlain will be honored with the highest recognition in the field of Landscape Architecture for a career focused on improving the public realm through parks and urban design. In a ceremony held in Los Angeles, Bruce will be elevated into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.....

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The Sioux Chef and Water Works in the news

September 27, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Since our announcement of The Sioux Chef’s intent to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Parks Foundation at Water Works, our RiverFirst signature park project has garnered attention in local and national media. Here is a selection of media coverage about The Sioux Chef and Water Works. Take a moment to enjoy.....

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News Release | The Sioux Chef to partner with Minneapolis Park Board, Parks Foundation on Water Works restaurant

September 15, 2017 by Janette Law

The Sioux Chef’s Native American cuisine will bring to life the riverfront’s Indigenous culture Education, healthy living, and revitalized food systems are key to The Sioux Chef mission Minneapolis, Minn. – Today, The Sioux Chef, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation announced their intent to partner to open a riverfront.....

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News Release | Next Generation of Parks series returns Oct. 12, featuring Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi

September 11, 2017 by Janette Law

Trio of powerful place-makers headlines the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s 2017-2018 Next Generation of Parks™ event series, presented by Minnesota Public Radio Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi, Barefoot Artists’ Lily Yeh, and Toronto’s Sabina Ali transform lives and communities through their work in parks and public space Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation debuts the 2017-2018.....

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Redefining the gold standard

August 29, 2017 by Tom Evers

This August, 1,000 parks and nonprofit professionals from around the nation and world converged on Minneapolis and Saint Paul for Greater & Greener, a five-day international conference focused on city park systems and the innovations that make them thrive. With warm, sunny weather providing a perfect backdrop to our parks, visitors saw first-hand why Minneapolis.....

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News Release | Work begins in August to unlock mill remnants featured in Water Works

August 10, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Archaeological exploration to locate and assess buried Bassett, Columbia and Occidental Mill walls begins in August; careful deconstruction of former Fuji-Ya building begins in September Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation today announced the start of new archaeological work in preparation for construction of Water Works, a.....

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