RiverFirst

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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Three bikers and their favorite Minneapolis park trails

October 23, 2017 by Chee Xiong

This past summer we partnered up with Slow Roll – Mpls., co-hosting community bike rides through North Minneapolis. Bikers had the opportunity to experience our park system from a fun and unique prospective. Riders of all ages came from surrounding communities and even St. Paul, bringing their own stories to the ride. From the bike.....

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Water Works: Selective deconstruction of Fuji Ya begins

October 16, 2017 by Janette Law

Our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently shared an update on pre-construction activity at Water Works; we’ve excerpted it below. This work prepares the site for construction of Water Works, which is slated to begin in fall 2018. Selective deconstruction and archival documentation has begun at the former Fuji Ya restaurant site.....

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Bruce Chamberlain to be elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

September 28, 2017 by Tom Evers

This October, Minneapolis Parks Fellow Bruce Chamberlain will be honored with the highest recognition in the field of Landscape Architecture for a career focused on improving the public realm through parks and urban design. In a ceremony held in Los Angeles, Bruce will be elevated into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.....

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The Sioux Chef and Water Works in the news

September 27, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Since our announcement of The Sioux Chef’s intent to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Parks Foundation at Water Works, our RiverFirst signature park project has garnered attention in local and national media. Here is a selection of media coverage about The Sioux Chef and Water Works. Take a moment to enjoy.....

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