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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Tomorrow’s river city emerging today

October 31, 2017 by Tom Evers

If you’ve traveled West River Road through the Mill district or crossed the Stone Arch Bridge these past few weeks, you witnessed the slow reveal of the Basset Mill, hidden for nearly 50 years beneath the former Fuji Ya restaurant. This is the beginning of what will become a new iconic park destination for Minneapolis......

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Gia Biagi’s October 2017 presentation on urbanism & civic impact, featuring Juxtaposition Arts

October 30, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Gia Biagi, Urbanism & Civic Impact | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, October 2017 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. As Principal of Urbanism for Studio Gang, Gia Biagi is always thinking about civic architecture. She sees the role of parks designer as that of convener, and a source of empathy in times of.....

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RiverFirst | Hall’s Island in the news

by Chee Xiong

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the beginning of reconstruction of Hall’s Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Hall’s Island is part of the 11-acre Scherer site purchased by the Park Board in 2010 and is a RiverFirst Initiative signature project. Here is a selection of media coverage about Hall’s Island. Take.....

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