Lecture Series

10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, January 2011

January 30, 2020 by Janette Law

Beginning in fall 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MRDC). The most ambitious Next Generation of Parks effort to date, the design competition – which was co-sponsored by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota College of Design – sought.....

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News Release | Join us for a talk about parks and pollinators, with Dr. Marla Spivak, 7pm, February 27

January 8, 2020 by Janette Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Next Generation of Parks 10th Anniversary Season Continues at the Walker Art CenterFeaturing MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar as host of the evening’s interview and audience Q&A Minneapolis, Minn. – Dr. Marla Spivak, founder of the Spivak Honey Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, will speak as.....

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2019 Year in Review

December 20, 2019 by Tom Evers

This has been a breakthrough year for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Since 2005, we’ve raised more than $22.3 million in support of the Minneapolis Park Foundation and in 2019 alone, we delivered more than $4.7 million for new parks and programs in the Minneapolis Parks System. As we close out the year (and decade), I.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events: In the Beginning, featuring Cecily Hines

November 20, 2019 by Janette Law

“When I was hired to bring the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to life, one of the first things I did was take a look around at successful parks organizations across the country,” says Cecily Hines, the Parks Foundation’s first Executive Director. This was 2009. President Obama had recently taken office. Minneapolis and the nation were in.....

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Notes from The High Line’s “Beyond Economic Impact” symposium

November 7, 2019 by Paul Bauknight

Recently, I attended the High Line Network’s first symposium Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure Reuse in New York City. The High Line Network was formed as a response to the High Line’s incredible success of over 8 million visitors a year while also focusing on some of the unintended consequences of the.....

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10 Years of Next Generation of Parks Events! Walter Hood

October 24, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We are thrilled to celebrate 10 amazing years of Next Generation of Parks events. This – always free – lecture series has brought leaders and innovators from all around the world to share their stories, working challenges, and successes with us here in Minneapolis. Presenters with various backgrounds have led these thoughtful discussions. From parks.....

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10 Years Strong, the Next Generation of Parks Event Series Still Sparks Conversation and Ideas

September 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

Earlier this summer, I was invited by the Knight Foundation to participate in a national forum centered on the public realm and the human connections generated through parks and public spaces. At the event, I learned alongside community activists, city planners, landscape architects, and park professionals about creative solutions to address the challenges cities nationwide.....

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News Release: Join Us for The Parks Prescription Featuring Dr. Robert Zarr – A Next Generation of Parks Event, Tuesday, May 7

April 4, 2019 by Janette Law

Recently featured in Time Magazine and on NBC Nightly News, Dr. Zarr shares his groundbreaking approach to chronic disease management with parents, teachers, caregivers, nature lovers, wellness-seekers, and community health advocates Minneapolis, Minn. – “There’s a paradigm shift in the way we think about parks: Not just as a place to recreate, but literally as.....

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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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