Projects

Creating Welcoming Spaces for All

March 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

Nine years ago, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation launched two initiatives that have come to define the organization: The RiverFirst Initiative and the Next Generation of Parks event series. Both of these efforts have expanded the shared understanding of how parks serve Minneapolis and helped reimagine how parks will shape our future. With attention to the.....

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News Release: The High Line’s Robert Hammond Returns to Minneapolis for the Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, March 21, 2019, 7pm at the Walker Art Center

February 1, 2019 by Janette Law

Nearing its 10-year anniversary and on the verge of opening its last “Spur,” the High Line has much to teach us about great design and equitable community development Minneapolis, Minn. – Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line, returns to Minneapolis on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for the Minneapolis.....

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“A Whole Squad of Smashing”: River Link Design Team Connects With JXTA

January 17, 2019 by Janette Law

“There’s access to the Mississippi River – just not in North Minneapolis. We want this park for our community,” said Lanijah, a Juxtaposition Arts apprentice in the Environmental Design program. This winter, Lanijah and about 10 of her peers were gathered at JXTA’s North Minneapolis “annex” studio for a design charrette about the Great Northern.....

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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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