From the Executive Director

2018 will bring a bold vision and new collaborations

January 19, 2018 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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2017 Year in Review

by Tom Evers

As we kick off another exciting year, we’re taking a look back at our accomplishments in 2017. With your support, and through collaboration with our partners, we’re focused on transforming human life by aligning philanthropic investment with community vision. Since 2003, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has raised more than $17.8 million for transformative parks. Below.....

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Service and gratitude

November 20, 2017 by Tom Evers

November is a remarkable month bookended by Election Day and Thanksgiving, with Give to the Max Day falling between. The month is truly about service and gratitude. In that spirit, I want to share with you a little of what we are grateful for here at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. As someone who follows our.....

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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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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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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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Water Works helps fulfill the promise to return to the river

June 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

Recently, an architect pointed out to me that no building reaches its authentic potential unless its designer considers both the stories of the land that surrounds it and the people who have moved through it. This is true for parks, too, and a fitting expectation for one of the most complex sites in Minneapolis: Water.....

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Summer forecast: New connections and fresh perspectives

May 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

In summer, the Minneapolis park system provides ample activities for youth, including sports leagues, summer camps, and places to gather and meet friends. For teens, parks also provide rewarding job opportunities as life guards, camp staff and “Green Team” landscape crews. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is adding to that mix of opportunities – through experience.....

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Courtesy MN Historical Society

Parks – revealing stories through placemaking

April 25, 2017 by Tom Evers

Minneapolis is a city layered with stories and history – some yet to be uncovered, some being seen in a new light. With new discoveries, we can change how we look at our city and understand our past. For the past 5 years, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board have.....

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Child in the city: Leading and learning from Salzburg to Minneapolis

March 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

Last week, I was granted a rare opportunity to travel to Salzburg, Austria, to participate in a Global Seminar titled The Child in the City: Health, Parks, and Play. Spending four days in conversation and deliberation with dozens of park and child development professionals from around the world, we developed guidance for an international statement.....

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