From the Executive Director

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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Parks forge traditions

May 8, 2018 by Tom Evers

On Sunday, I participated in one of my favorite annual traditions in Minneapolis, spending a sunny afternoon with several thousand others reveling in the awakening of spring in Powderhorn Park at the Heart of the Beast Theater’s MayDay parade and festival. This four-decade-old tradition celebrates the elements that make our community great, while recognizing the.....

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Strength in Numbers

April 19, 2018 by Tom Evers

Because the Minneapolis Riverfront is a statewide asset, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is playing a more active role in supporting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s requests for state bond funding for Minneapolis parks this legislative session. Though we support all elements of the Park Board’s efforts at the capital, we’re primarily focused on supporting.....

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Next Generation of Parks spring events connect aspiration and inspiration

March 20, 2018 by Tom Evers

Good ideas implemented well will change how we see the world around us. The best ideas also act as a multiplier when shared. This is the theory behind the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series. For the better part of this decade, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has hosted an event series that.....

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Super Bowl MVP: Minneapolis parks and the public realm

February 15, 2018 by Tom Evers

Amidst the hubbub surrounding the Super Bowl and the affiliated festivities of the last month, one MVP shined the brightest: our Most Valued Places – Minneapolis parks and the public realm. From the zip line that stretched across the Mississippi in the Central Riverfront Regional Park, to the Great Northern Festival events at Wirth Park.....

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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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