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Water Works Construction: February Update

February 29, 2020 by Janette Law

Water Works continued to take shape in February, with the most visible external changes happening on the pavilion and Columbia Mill wall stabilization. Steel framing is up for the second story, with temporary wood framing skirting the steel beams to which plastic sheeting is adhered to tent the second story so it can be heated.....

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Minneapolis Parks Deserve Statewide Investment

February 21, 2020 by Tom Evers

Minneapolis Parks are a statewide asset that deserve critical infrastructure funding at the capital. That’s why we’re partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the community to help support the Minneapolis delegation as they seek to fund several important projects through the bi-annual bonding process. State general obligation bonding is a critical process.....

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Water Works Construction: January Update

January 31, 2020 by Janette Law

One of the most exciting things about the Water Works project is the park pavilion. Conceived as a knitting of modern architecture and contemporary amenities into the historic remnants of two 1800s saw and flour mills, it promises to be a dynamic public space with abundant natural materials and light. One of the people tasked.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, January 2011

January 30, 2020 by Janette Law

Beginning in fall 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MRDC). The most ambitious Next Generation of Parks effort to date, the design competition – which was co-sponsored by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota College of Design – sought.....

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News Release | Join us for a talk about parks and pollinators, with Dr. Marla Spivak, 7pm, February 27

January 8, 2020 by Janette Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Next Generation of Parks 10th Anniversary Season Continues at the Walker Art CenterFeaturing MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar as host of the evening’s interview and audience Q&A Minneapolis, Minn. – Dr. Marla Spivak, founder of the Spivak Honey Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, will speak as.....

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Water Works Construction: December Update

December 23, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction continues on the pavilion with the installation of several tons of precast concrete planks to form the second story. In our November construction update, we showed you the masons from Building Restoration leveling sandstone walls in the former Bassett Mill space; this work was prepping the structure to support the new planks, a finely.....

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2019 Year in Review

December 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

This has been a breakthrough year for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Since 2005, we’ve raised more than $22.3 million in support of the Minneapolis Park Foundation and in 2019 alone, we delivered more than $4.7 million for new parks and programs in the Minneapolis Parks System. As we close out the year (and decade), I.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Cameron Downey and the Next Generation

December 18, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

Re-introducing Cameron DowneyLooking back through the incredible last decade of the Next Generation of Parks Event Series, one young artist, Cameron Downey, drew us in and was an easy choice to highlight in this month’s 10th Anniversary blog post. [Related Content: The Genesis of the Next Generation of Parks] Downey spoke at our June 25th,.....

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Water Works Construction: November Update

November 26, 2019 by Janette Law

It’s that time of year when Minnesotans – at least those with a regular commute – begin asking if road construction season is over. Well folks, it nearly is, and that’s great news for users of the stretch of West River Parkway between Portland Ave and 4th St N. With the season’s first winter storm.....

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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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