Projects

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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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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Creating Connections with Lily Yeh

April 12, 2018 by Chee Xiong

On March 21st, 30 local artists, community builders, and placemakers gathered for Creating Connections, a workshop at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with Philadelphia-based artist, activist, and placemaker Lily Yeh. Yeh was visiting Minneapolis for our Next Generation of Parks Event Series. Together, participants experienced Yeh’s art-making process, which involves providing a democratic.....

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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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Part Mona Lisa, part dinosaur, all heart – Minne the Lake Creature captivated Minneapolis

March 15, 2018 by Janette Law

Just over eight years ago, the launch of a unique public art experience touched the lives of countless people in Minneapolis parks – the charming sculpture officially titled “ _[  ” and also known affectionately as Minne the Lake Creature. Minne was a magical addition to people’s experience of the Minneapolis park system and our.....

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#MIAStories interviewed Lily Yeh on the transformative power of art

March 14, 2018 by Chee Xiong

Ahead of our Next Generation of Parks event with Lily Yeh, Minneapolis Institute of Art’s editor Tim Gihring interviewed Yeh in their latest post from #MIAStories. Next Generation of Parks is co-presented by Minnesota Public Radio and co-producer by MIA and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. You’re invited to join us for Next.....

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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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Design Q&A: JXTA apprentices Keanu and Pheng (part 2 of 2)

December 1, 2017 by Janette Law

This is the second post in a two-part series in which we’re excerpting four Q&As from a Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) Environmental Design Studio apprentice-produced “zine” about their summer 2017 experiences. (Read the first post.) We partnered with JXTA on youth community engagement and design around future RiverFirst parks at Upper Harbor Terminal and the Great.....

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News Release | Water Works schematic design and LOI with The Sioux Chef approved

November 30, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Park Board’s actions on Nov. 29 set the stage for the RiverFirst project’s 2018 groundbreaking Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board marked another important milestone in the Water Works riverfront park project yesterday, when the Park Board of Commissioners approved phase 1 schematic design and a Letter.....

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Design Q&A: JXTA apprentices Maryan and Lanijah (part 1 of 2)

November 27, 2017 by Janette Law

For many Minneapolis youth from Project Sweetie Pie, Asian Media Access, and Urban Strategies we connected with last summer, kayaking with Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation was the first time they’d made contact with the mighty Mississippi. The Parks Foundation and our partner the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are working to.....

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