Water Works

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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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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Donors Say Yes

July 20, 2018 by Tom Evers

This month, Minneapolis has added two beautiful additions to our already incredible park system: The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park and the Cedar Lake South Beach bathhouse. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation supported both projects. For The Trailhead, the Parks Foundation contributed to the capital campaign and helped secure gap financing. In the case of Cedar.....

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Strength in Numbers

April 19, 2018 by Tom Evers

Because the Minneapolis Riverfront is a statewide asset, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is playing a more active role in supporting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s requests for state bond funding for Minneapolis parks this legislative session. Though we support all elements of the Park Board’s efforts at the capital, we’re primarily focused on supporting.....

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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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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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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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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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