Sunrise on the Mississippi

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Beginning in 2015, Twin Cities community leaders have come together every year along the Minneapolis Riverfront to champion parks that transform human life. We celebrated our 8th annual Sunrise on the Mississippi on September 9, 2022 at Boom Island Park.

Sunrise on the Mississippi 2022

Sunrise on the Mississippi 2022 brought us back together at Boom Island Park for a beautiful, sunny morning in celebration and support of Minneapolis Parks. The successful morning brought nearly 250 park-goers together to re-engage with colleagues, friends, and change-makers. We were honored to hear from Superintendent Al Bangoura, of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, now serving in his 4th year in this role.

The Superintendent spoke about the necessity of Minneapolis parks in communities across the city. We learned of the great work already making an impact, as well as the work that is still needed to ensure our city parks are accessible and equitable for all. As we look to the future of Minneapolis parks, it has never been more clear that innovative, diverse programming and partnerships will continue to make Minneapolis a city of world class parks and public space.

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Seen at Sunrise 2021

Nearly 200 people joined us at Boom Island or online via Zoom to hear Toni L. Griffin’s virtual keynote talk about her groundbreaking approach to creating just cities through her work as Professor in Practice in Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Founder of urbanAC LLC, and Founder and Director of the Just City Lab. Paul Bauknight’s interview with Toni, and Dorothy Bridges and Tom Evers’ remarks, brought it home to Minneapolis. Thank you for making another Sunrise a rousing success! Your generous support this year helped us raise over $93,000 for transformative parks and programs. Check out some photo highlights below.

Rising to a New Occasion in 2020

In 2020, nearly 150 households logged on for our first virtual Sunrise on the Mississippi, helping us raise over $88,000 towards our goal. Thank you! Last year, we Zoomed-in on soon-to-open RiverFirst projects – the Great Northern Greenway Overlook and Water Works – that are restoring a relationship between people and communities and the Mississippi River, told through a series of five new video stories. View the collection on Vimeo.

How RiverFirst Can Transform Human Life
Dorothy Bridges, Board Chair
Designing a North Minneapolis Connection to the River
Featuring Juxtaposition Arts

Water Works: Reviving a Centuries-Old Gathering Place
Featuring Damon Farber Landscape Architecture and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Owamni by The Sioux Chef:
Centering Indigenous Food and Culture at Water Works

Featuring Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson

How Philanthropy Helps Advance Equity and Access
Featuring Superintendent Al Bangoura

2019 Event Highlights

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

More 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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