Sunrise on the Mississippi

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Special Note to Our Sunrise Friends & Sponsors

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Sunrise on the Mississippi – Thursday, September 10, 2020 – for a unique, safe, and appropriate celebration of the parks that are so vital to our community. We know this year will need to be different: No big tent, no family-style breakfast. However, we remain optimistic that we will be able to create an inspirational and safe alternative event that reminds us all of the power of parks.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this wonderful event!


Once a year, more than 300 Twin Cities community and business leaders come together to celebrate and support parks that transform human life. We gather for a sunrise experience with good breakfast, great company, and a featured speaker to discuss today’s challenges, opportunities, and developing landscape within parks and public spaces.

Would you like to sponsor Sunrise on the Mississippi? Download our sponsorship packet here.

For more information please contact:
Christine Moir
612-354-7513
CMoir@MplsParksFoundation.org

2019 Event Highlights

With featured speakers Paul Huttner, MPR Chief Meteorologist, and Superintendent Al Bangoura, Minneapolis Park Board

Thanks to our donors and partners for making another Sunrise a rousing success! Your generous support at our 5th annual event – September 5, 2019, at Boom Island Park – helped us raise over $110,000 for parks that transform human life.

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Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!


Past Event Speakers & Photos

From its start in 2016, Sunrise on the Mississippi has been a way for us to gather and celebrate the many ways that parks transform lives in Minneapolis and around the world. Our featured speakers have brought us innovative ideas and challenged us to build on the amazing legacy of parks we enjoy today to the benefit of others tomorrow.

  • Paul Huttner, Chief Meteorologist, Minnesota Public Radio – 2019
  • Lynn Ross, Reimagining the Civic Commons – 2018
  • James Edward Mills, The Joy Trip Project, author of “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” – 2017
  • Gil Penalosa, 8 80 Cities – 2015

2018 Sunrise Featuring Lynn Ross

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