Water Works

Water Works Construction: November Update

November 26, 2019 by Janette Law

It’s that time of year when Minnesotans – at least those with a regular commute – begin asking if road construction season is over. Well folks, it nearly is, and that’s great news for users of the stretch of West River Parkway between Portland Ave and 4th St N. With the season’s first winter storm.....

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Your Support is Helping Us to Transform Lives. Thank You!

November 19, 2019 by Tom Evers

For all of us at the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, November marks the beginning of a season of gratitude. Without our donors we would not be able to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and other key stakeholders to imagine and construct extraordinary parks that help to reach the potential our public space can.....

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Water Works Construction: October Update

October 31, 2019 by Janette Law

Now nearly four months into construction, the Water Works site looks markedly different from where it began last July. Construction crews continue to focus on site grading and mill remnant stabilization, as winter fast approaches and work will soon shift indoors. This month, we toured the site with Greg Brown, Senior Civil Engineer with Kimley-Horn,.....

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Water Works Construction Update – September

September 26, 2019 by Janette Law

Construction at the Water Works site continues apace, with work focusing on restoration and stabilization of historic features, many of which – especially mill remnant walls – will be elements in the design of the park and pavilion. In addition, site demolition and excavation also continues. Throughout this work, crews are taking particular care of.....

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News Release | Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commemorate Groundbreaking at Water Works

August 28, 2019 by Janette Law

Grand opening of the expansion of Mill Ruins Park and Water Works Park Pavilion anticipated in fall 2020, with restaurant run by The Sioux Chef to follow in spring 2021 Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board celebrated a milestone today when they commemorated groundbreaking on the expansion of.....

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Water Works Construction is Under Way!

July 29, 2019 by Madeleine Koski

We’re thrilled to announce that major construction is under way at Water Works, thanks to the generosity of donors to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation RiverFirst Capital Campaign, who’ve contributed more than $16.7 million of the $18 million goal. THANK YOU! (If you haven’t yet supported this effort, your contribution will be matched by making a.....

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News Release | Overlook Design Will Open North Minneapolis to the River Through a Dynamic New Park Feature; $250,000 Matching Grant Kicks off Public Phase of RiverFirst Capital Campaign

June 18, 2019 by Janette Law

Great Northern Greenway Overlook Design Will Open North Minneapolis to the River Through a Dynamic New RiverFirst Park Feature Minneapolis Parks Foundation invites the community to help support riverfront parks with a generous matching grant from the Schulze Family Foundation Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shared.....

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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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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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