Board of Directors

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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2018 will bring a bold vision and new collaborations

by Tom Evers

January is the month for fresh beginnings. This is especially true in Minneapolis with a new Mayor, City Council and Park Board of Commissioners poised to move our city forward. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation has never been in a better position to support a bold agenda for our city park system by aligning community vision.....

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Parks Foundation welcomes new and returning Board Members

February 16, 2017 by Janette Law

NEWS RELEASE Stuart Ackerberg, Dan Avchen, Paul Bauknight, Barbara Bencini, Jocelyn Hale, Mark Heithoff, Mary McCarthy, Paul Reyelts and Rich Varda were elected to three-year terms Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation announced that its Board of Directors elected four returning members at its annual meeting, February 14. The returning Directors – Stuart Ackerberg,.....

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MPF welcomes Meg Forney & Christine Moir

February 8, 2016 by Janette Law

We’re happy to welcome two new colleagues to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. In January, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board appointed Meg Forney as one of its two ex officio members of our Board of Directors. Meg is a Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner-At Large and will be serving a one-year term with MPF. Superintendent Jayne.....

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Sarah Duniway, Dayna Frank, Steve King, and Riff Yeager join MPF Board of Directors

November 18, 2015 by Janette Law

NEWS RELEASE Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) announced that its Board of Directors elected four new members at its November meeting. The new Directors are Sarah Duniway, Gray Plant Mooty; Dayna Frank, First Avenue & the 7th St. Entry; Steve King, Landscape Structures, and; Riff Yeager, ERM (Environmental Resources Management). The new.....

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St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge are threatened – Here’s how you can help save them

August 28, 2015 by Janette Law

Recently, Crown Hydro amended its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a St. Anthony Falls-based hydropower plant. Now a quarter of a century old, Crown Hydro’s proposal is wholly out of step with major advancements on the Central Riverfront, which – with St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge at its.....

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Minneapolis Parks Foundation welcomes R.T. Rybak and Liz Hawn to 20-member Board of Directors

January 21, 2015 by Janette Law

NEWS RELEASE Minneapolis, Minn. – On January 13, 2015, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation named Liz Hawn and R.T. Rybak to its 20-member Board of Directors. Hawn, a community leader and philanthropist, and Rybak, former Minneapolis Mayor and Executive Director of Generation Next, assumed their three-year Directorships at the Parks Foundation’s annual meeting, when community leader.....

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MPF Names New Executive Director and Director of Individual Giving

September 10, 2014 by Janette Law

Incoming Executive Director Tom Evers brings 20 years of experience guiding philanthropy for parks and youth programs Minneapolis, Minn. –The Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Park Foundation has selected Tom Evers from Playworks Minnesota and formerly of The Trust for Public Land to lead the organization as its new Executive Director. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) is an.....

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Minneapolis reigns as #1 park system

May 29, 2014 by Janette Law

The Trust for Public Land announced today that Minneapolis will retain its title as the top-ranked park system in the United States. For the second consecutive year, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board was given a “five bench” ParkScore® ranking, the only park system to do so. In a news release, Liz Wielinski, President of.....

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Pausing, but not standing still

May 5, 2014 by Peg Birk

Hello Friends – It’s been a productive eight weeks since I came to the Parks Foundation as Interim Executive Director. During this time, the Executive Committee asked that we focus on maintaining organizational stability, the search for our new Executive Director, and moving our Water Works project forward. I wanted to share an update with.....

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