From the Executive Director

We transform human life through parks

February 22, 2017 by Tom Evers

Parks have the power to connect us, heal us, and make us whole. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation believes in the power of parks to transform human life. Minneapolis is a world-class city because we value city parks as integral to the human experience and we have fostered a legacy of philanthropy since the earliest days......

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2016 in review

January 5, 2017 by Tom Evers

We believe in the power of parks to transform human life. That’s why we continue to focus on the following core strategies that help us create more opportunities to connect people to the natural world and each other. Envisioning and advancing the next generation of parks The Parks Foundation’s leadership of the RiverFirst Capital Campaign.....

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Celebrating bridge-building: Two successful days of events featuring Leila Araghian, architect of Tabiat “Nature” Bridge

September 13, 2016 by Janette Law

There are few better ways to start a Thursday morning than watching the sun rise over the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline. That’s exactly what nearly 300 parks supporters did last Thursday, September 8, for the second annual Sunrise on the Mississippi breakfast benefit for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. This first event kicked off.....

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Park Board moves forward on funding referendum

January 21, 2016 by Tom Evers

Last night at its regular meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners voted to ask the City of Minneapolis to put a referendum on the 2016 ballot. The referendum would ask Minneapolis voters to increase property tax revenue for neighborhood parks. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation supports the action taken by the Park Board.....

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#TBT – Despite heavy rain, Sunrise on the Mississippi was a hit

October 15, 2015 by Jennifer Downham

Thank you to all 242 hardy Minnesotans who made it out to Boom Island at 7am, Thursday, September 17, for our first annual Sunrise on the Mississippi breakfast benefit. It’s hard to recall, but it was a stormy morning. Yet even as the sun rose behind the clouds, the many who gathered brought great light.....

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Kate Orff Lecture: Projecting future solutions onto the canvas of the cityscape

April 23, 2015 by Tom Evers

One of the great pleasures I have in working in the realm of parks is getting to meet and work with innovators who are solving problems for the next generation. One such an occasion occurred last Friday, April 17, as MPF kicked-off our 2015 Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series by co-presenting Kate Orff’s keynote.....

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Lectures to Inspire Parks for the Next Generation

March 24, 2015 by Tom Evers

Each March, Minneapolis Parks transition from a winter wonderland to a summer playground. This unheralded but critical transition can occur in a matter of days: Our parks go from serving winter-based recreation requiring ice rinks, ski trails and warming houses, to a system teeming with joggers, bikers, playgrounds and beaches. This seasonal transformation is just one.....

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Tom Evers speaks at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Tuesday, January 27

January 12, 2015 by Janette Law

Our own Tom Evers will kick off the 2015 weekly seminar series at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, better known as the Stream Lab. The weekly series, which runs January-April, features a hodgepodge of speakers from academia, government and industry espousing on topics related to the environment, geophysics, biological fluid mechanics and engineering. Which might.....

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Reflecting on the river

December 1, 2014 by Tom Evers

In late October, after the glorious blaze of autumn color had begun to fade from the trees, Minneapolis Parks Foundation staff spent a half-day paddling the Mississippi through the section commonly referred to as the Upper River. With the help from Bob Schmitz’s Above the Falls Sports and our guide Stephanie Zahler, we put paddles.....

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Join me in a broader vision for MPF

October 9, 2014 by Tom Evers

Hello, Friends – It is an honor to be selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis’ and the entire region’s long-term health and economic vitality is dependent on our unmatched system of parks and continued investment in the parks that will serve our city and it’s people into the.....

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