Observations

10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: In the Beginning, featuring Cecily Hines

November 20, 2019 by Janette Law

“When I was hired to bring the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to life, one of the first things I did was take a look around at successful parks organizations across the country,” says Cecily Hines, the Parks Foundation’s first Executive Director. This was 2009. President Obama had recently taken office. Minneapolis and the nation were in.....

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Notes from The High Line’s “Beyond Economic Impact” symposium

November 7, 2019 by Paul Bauknight

Recently, I attended the High Line Network’s first symposium Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure Reuse in New York City. The High Line Network was formed as a response to the High Line’s incredible success of over 8 million visitors a year while also focusing on some of the unintended consequences of the.....

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More musings on the Mississippi River

December 15, 2014 by Janette Law

A couple of weeks ago, Tom Evers wrote about his experience paddling the Mississippi in mid-October – a member of our first staff development “retreat.” As I write this post today, in mid-December, the weather is (incredibly!) nearly identical to that day two months ago, so it seemed fitting to revisit our experience – this.....

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Reflecting on the river

December 1, 2014 by Tom Evers

In late October, after the glorious blaze of autumn color had begun to fade from the trees, Minneapolis Parks Foundation staff spent a half-day paddling the Mississippi through the section commonly referred to as the Upper River. With the help from Bob Schmitz’s Above the Falls Sports and our guide Stephanie Zahler, we put paddles.....

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Tom Evers

Join me in a broader vision for MPF

October 9, 2014 by Tom Evers

Hello, Friends – It is an honor to be selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis’ and the entire region’s long-term health and economic vitality is dependent on our unmatched system of parks and continued investment in the parks that will serve our city and it’s people into the.....

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Three reports we’re reading now

August 7, 2014 by Janette Law

A quick look at the some of the topics and data that inform our work.   1. Regional Park Usage Among Select Communities of Color Diverse communities think of nature, animals, and security when they think of parks. But lack of awareness, time and safety concerns top a list of barriers to enjoying the regional park.....

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Pausing, but not standing still

May 5, 2014 by Peg Birk

Hello Friends – It’s been a productive eight weeks since I came to the Parks Foundation as Interim Executive Director. During this time, the Executive Committee asked that we focus on maintaining organizational stability, the search for our new Executive Director, and moving our Water Works project forward. I wanted to share an update with.....

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Ways to be healthy, wealthy and wise: Sept 25 event at Center for Integrative Leadership

September 20, 2013 by Janette Law

Mary deLaittre will be part of the Innovate Local panel, hosted by the Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota. The 4pm, Wednesday, Sept 25, event begins with a panel discussion about “cross-sector innovations making us smarter, healthier and wealthier” followed by a short networking reception. Mary will be speaking about RiverFirst. Her fellow panelists.....

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Flinder’s St. Station competition announces a winner or two

August 9, 2013 by Janette Law

However you define a “jury of your peers,” entrants to the just-wrapped Flinders Street Station Design Competition (Melbourne, Australia) were judged by them. First and formally by the panel of eminent architects and other experts, led by Victorian Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London, which selected the winning team (see below). The public was invited to.....

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No bull: Superkilen is the Next Generation of Parks™ (case study)

by Elizabeth Hixson

Copenhagen, Denmark Overview A former rail yard in Nørrebro, a neighborhood north of the city center in Copenhagen, Denmark has been transformed into Superkilen (Danish for “super wedge”). This genre-defying new park opened in late 2012 and has received critical acclaim from the ASLA, AIA and many design magazines. Off the beaten path, the neighborhood.....

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