From the Executive Director

Creating Welcoming Spaces for All

March 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

Nine years ago, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation launched two initiatives that have come to define the organization: The RiverFirst Initiative and the Next Generation of Parks event series. Both of these efforts have expanded the shared understanding of how parks serve Minneapolis and helped reimagine how parks will shape our future. With attention to the.....

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Looking Ahead Through a Clear Lens

February 12, 2019 by Tom Evers

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s mission is simple: we transform lives through parks and public spaces by aligning philanthropic investment with community vision. In 2018, we delivered on this promise in myriad ways and with the financial support of our community of donors. Thank you.  Looking ahead to the next three years requires adjusting to a.....

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2018 Year in Review

January 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

With 2019 promising to be a year of impact and achievement, we’re taking a look back at the milestones in 2018 that helped us get here. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ve raised more than $20 million since 2005 for transformative parks, an accomplishment accelerated in 2018, one of the most successful fundraising.....

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2018’s Success Means We’ll Do Even More in 2019

December 12, 2018 by Tom Evers

It’s natural this time of year to reflect on the previous 12 months and set aims for the next. When future generations look back at the history of Minneapolis parks, 2018 will likely be seen as a pivotal year for our system. Most recently, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation celebrated Bank of America’s decision to contribute.....

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Building Parks That Bring Us Together

November 8, 2018 by Tom Evers

This week, Minneapolitans – and Americans across the country – went to the polls and exercised one of our most sacred rights. Here in Minneapolis, 34 polling stations were located in recreation centers and other Minneapolis Parks facilities, underscoring once again how integral parks are to our civic life. Like schools and museums, parks are.....

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Making Progress on Water Works

September 28, 2018 by Tom Evers

Last night, community members gathered at Mill City Museum to see the refined Water Works park design. If you’ve been by the Water Works site recently, it’s evident that progress is being made to prepare the land and mill remnants for the next phase – construction. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Parks Foundation,.....

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Walk and Talks Created a Fresh Experience of Minneapolis Parks

September 18, 2018 by Tom Evers

With Summer receding into wonderful fall weather, we hosted our final 2018 Walk and Talk park tour – a hike along the Winchell Trail in the Mississippi River Gorge. Studies continually show that people are more likely to return to parks and public spaces if they are provided a curated experience through that space or.....

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Co-Creating the Future: Lynn Ross, Sunrise on the Mississippi Keynote Speaker, on Reimagining the Civic Commons

August 17, 2018 by Tom Evers

Every year, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation brings an inspiring leader to town to be our keynote speaker at our annual Sunrise on the Mississippi breakfast. This year, we’re proud to host Lynn Ross, a lauded urban planner working to transform cities by reimagining how our city design can heal communities together. I first met Lynn.....

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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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