Projects

News Release | Work begins in August to unlock mill remnants featured in Water Works

August 10, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Archaeological exploration to locate and assess buried Bassett, Columbia and Occidental Mill walls begins in August; careful deconstruction of former Fuji-Ya building begins in September Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation today announced the start of new archaeological work in preparation for construction of Water Works, a.....

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RiverFirst Interim Land Use Strategy Presentation

August 2, 2017 by Janette Law

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is actively assembling Upper Riverfront properties that will, in time, become part of the RiverFirst network of parks and trails. Until then, this patchwork of properties may have continuing commercial uses or are otherwise not ready for park development. That’s where, in 2015-2016, our Research Assistants in Practice (RA).....

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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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News Release | Water Works design concept adopted by Minneapolis Park Board

June 29, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Park Board preparing for 2018 construction start on phase 1 of the transformative park project overlooking St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River Minneapolis, Minn. – On Wednesday, June 28, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) voted to adopt the Water Works design concept. Water Works is a transformative park.....

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Parks Foundation and Park Board seek community input on evolved Water Works design concept

May 2, 2017 by Janette Law

New design proposal advances Water Works as a place for storytelling, embeds park pavilion in mill ruins and emphasizes green- and playspace Minneapolis, Minn. – On Monday, May 1, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation presented to the public an evolved concept for Water Works at the first of two.....

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Maurice Cox’s November 2016 presentation on design and social justice

April 26, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Maurice Cox, Re-creating Detroit | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, November 2016 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. Maurice Cox is a nationally renowned planner and practitioner of democratic design and citizen planning. As Planning Director for the City of Detroit, Cox is leading a dramatic transformation that finds parks and public space at.....

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Leila Araghian’s September 2016 presentation about the Tabiat Bridge

April 17, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Leila Araghian, Tabiat “Nature” Bridge | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, September 2016 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. Leila Araghian is the architect of the Tabiat pedestrian bridge in Tehran. Tabiat means “nature” in Persian, and Leila conceived of the structure as more of a place to wonder, wander and gather, than to.....

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Janet Lansbury shares stories of spontaneous play

April 14, 2017 by Janette Law

Our Saturday, May 6, Next Generation of Parks™ speaker on “Celebrating Play” is renowned child-development expert Janet Lansbury, who will talk about embracing kids’ self-directed exploration of the outdoors. We invited Lansbury to share with us some stories of spontaneous play. She sent us the four stories below, telling us, “Trusting our child’s choices brings.....

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News Release | Join us for a community open house to learn about Water Works progress, May 1 or 2, 2017

April 11, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation invite community members to learn about progress on the Water Works project Two community open houses will be held on Monday, May 1, 5:30-8pm, at Mill City Museum, and Tuesday, May 2, 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Crown Roller Mill Building. Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Park and.....

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Next Generation of Parks event, Saturday, May 6: “Celebrating Play” with Janet Lansbury

March 30, 2017 by Janette Law

Next Generation of Parks Event Series Continues Janet Lansbury, renowned early childhood development expert, talks about “Celebrating Play” Join us for a special family-friendly, Saturday-in-the-park talk, presented by Minnesota Public Radio, Saturday, May 6, 3-5pm, Brackett Recreation Center, Minneapolis Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation welcomes early childhood development expert Janet Lansbury for the.....

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