From the Executive Director

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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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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