From the Executive Director

National Forums Highlight Themes of Equity, Climate, Community Health

August 13, 2019 by Tom Evers

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to two national convenings related to parks and the public realm: The inaugural Knight Public Spaces Forum in Philadelphia and City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener conference in Denver. Both events drew together park professionals, urban designers, program staff, and nonprofit and foundation leaders to learn from.....

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How to Become a Part of Something Transformational and Enduring

July 17, 2019 by Tom Evers

“Unquestionably the Mississippi River should be preserved for the use and enjoyment of all our people and for those of the coming generations.”Theodore Wirth It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to contribute to a legacy on par with the world-class Minneapolis park system. But that’s exactly what we’re inviting you to do.....

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What Truly Makes Minneapolis Parks World Class?

June 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

Last month the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced that after six consecutive years at the top of its ParkScore list, Minneapolis’s rank among city park systems nationwide was adjusted downward to third place. The national conservation organization released its annual ranking of city parkland and amenities and placed Washington D.C. and St. Paul higher.....

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Our Summer Events Will Create Connections

May 17, 2019 by Tom Evers

This month we are launching the second season of our Minneapolis Parks Walk & Talks – a series of curated strolls through different parks in Minneapolis with people who know about the intersection of stories, nature, and public space. Over the summer, we are offering several unique walks as a way to build stronger ties.....

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We’re All for Parks (and Parks for All)

April 23, 2019 by Tom Evers

The Minneapolis park system was born from a plan drafted by renowned Landscape Architect Horace Cleveland. To this day, the original vision he established continues to inform how our city grows, who benefits, and how. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has continued to build on that original vision with new aspirations and expectations for.....

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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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