Projects

2018 Year in Review

January 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

With 2019 promising to be a year of impact and achievement, we’re taking a look back at the milestones in 2018 that helped us get here. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ve raised more than $20 million since 2005 for transformative parks, an accomplishment accelerated in 2018, one of the most successful fundraising.....

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RiverFirst in the News

January 14, 2019 by Chee Xiong

Last year was an exciting one for the RiverFirst Capital Campaign: 2018 ended with a $1 Million Anchor grant from Bank of America for Water Works and the Great Northern Greenway River Link, bringing our signature projects closer to groundbreaking. With the grant announcement in November, the two park projects are back in the media.....

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Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Bank of America Announce $1 Million Investment in the RiverFirst Campaign

November 28, 2018 by Janette Law

Catalytic Contribution Brings the Campaign for Transformative Riverfront Parks, Including Water Works and the Great Northern Greenway River Link, to Within $600,000 Needed to Break Ground Minneapolis, Minn. – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded the Minneapolis Parks Foundation a $1 million Anchor grant for its RiverFirst Capital Campaign to catalyze new park and.....

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Building Parks That Bring Us Together

November 8, 2018 by Tom Evers

This week, Minneapolitans – and Americans across the country – went to the polls and exercised one of our most sacred rights. Here in Minneapolis, 34 polling stations were located in recreation centers and other Minneapolis Parks facilities, underscoring once again how integral parks are to our civic life. Like schools and museums, parks are.....

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Great Northern Greenway River Link: Check out draft designs on Nov. 14

November 7, 2018 by Janette Law

Stop by the open house event anytime from 6 to 8pm Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on November 14 to check out draft designs for the Great Northern Greenway River Link, a RiverFirst signature project also known as the 26th Ave N Overlook. When Wednesday, November 14, 6pm to 8pm – drop-in to.....

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Summer Community Engagement with Juxtaposition Arts

October 17, 2018 by Chee Xiong

For three consecutive summer the Minneapolis Parks Foundation partnered with Juxtaposition Arts’ Environmental Design Studio, to reimagine the Upper Mississippi Riverfront. Apprentices from the studio led multiple community-based engagements for two RiverFirst projects, Great Northern Greenway River Link along 26th Avenue North and the Upper Harbor Terminal. North Minneapolis youth from Project Sweetie Pie, Urban.....

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NEWS RELEASE | “The Nature Fix” Author Florence Williams Launches 2018-2019 Next Generation of Parks Event Series

October 4, 2018 by Janette Law

New Season Begins Thursday, November 15, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Presented by Minnesota Public Radio Events continue in 2019 with The High Line’s Robert Hammond, on March 21, and Dr. Robert Zarr, founder of Park RX America, on May 7 Minneapolis, Minn. – “Walk into a forest and within five minutes your body.....

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NEWS RELEASE | MPRB to Vote on Recommended Design Team for 26th Ave N Overlook/Great Northern Greenway River Link

October 1, 2018 by Janette Law

Update: At its Oct. 3 meeting, the Minneapolis Park Board approved the design team selection and work will begin this month. $1 Million Upper Riverfront park project will be funded through the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s RiverFirst Capital Campaign Once confirmed, an interdisciplinary design team led by TEN x TEN Landscape Architecture and 4RM+ULA Architecture will.....

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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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Meet Will Metcalf, 2018 Research Assistant in Practice

July 6, 2018 by Janette Law

For the last five years or so, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation has gratefully accepted a Research Assistant in Practice (RA) from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Through this program, graduate students get in-depth work-learning experience and the Parks Foundation benefits from the students’ design skills and fresh thinking. Over the years, the.....

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