PEOPLE FOR PARKS

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

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Location: PO Box 24901 Minneapolis MN 55424 USA

Mission: People for Parks is a nonprofit organization of volunteers that helps stimulate community and financial support for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation System's unique natural resources and its many facilities and programs.We work with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as well as other community leaders to ensure that our city's park system continues its legacy of service to all.Thanks to our many donors and involved citizens, this work helps Minneapolis remain a beautiful place in which to live and work or visit.
Results: Fundraising for the universal access playground is at 74%! The playground is going to be AMAZING. Children with disabilities will be able to use 70% of the equipment.
Geographic areas served: Minneapolis
Programs: Peace Garden, Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Advisory Committee; trees throughout the park system; Universal access playground at Wabun Picnic area; landscaping and a dedication to Senator Allan Spear at Mueller park planned for 2013; support for the 9-11 tribute, pavers at Lake Harriet and much more.
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Rating: 5 stars  

People For Parks is a grassroots organization committed to enhancing Minneapolis parks. Just in the past few years funds raised by People For Parks has planted trees in some on the Minneapolis parks through People For Parks Arbor Day Project, helped with the eradication of bucktorn through the purchase of equipment for the Minneapolis Parks forestry department and contributed money for the purchase of two chess tables at Logan Park amongst other projects. Currently People For Parks is involved with the Falls For All Project at Wabun Park and the Martin Luther King Legacy project at King Park. The People For Parks board works hand in hand with the Minneapolis Park Board to insure Minneapolis residents that the parks remain "the jewels" of our city.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

People for Parks' help keep our Minneapolis parks beautiful and functional. The financial support they have been able to offer has maintained the value of some of our treasures, such as the bandshell and Women's Ordinary at Lake Harriet. They have replaced trees that were lost to disease and protected others from the same fate. They help small neighborhood groups improve their parks and keep communities strong.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

For over 2 years now, the board and staff of People for Parks has worked tirelessly with its Falls 4 All Committee to fundraise to build a universally accessible playground specially designed so that kids with disabilities can play side by side with their able-bodied peers. Now at 75% of its nearly million dollar goal, the organization continues in its fundraising efforts, with a deadline of early 2013 to complete the fundraising. True to its purpose, this has been a citizen-based effort, with numerous fundraisers, grant writing, and meetings with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff, all in an effort to make this much-needed playground (the FIRST of its kind in the Minneapolis Park System) a reality for the citizens of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Certainly People for Parks and its Falls 4 All Committee are to be commended for its dedication to this huge fundraising project for a universal access playground that will allow children and adults, both with and without disabilities, a place to challenge themselves, explore, interact and play, with independence and dignity, as a group or as individuals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

We are working with People for Parks to fundraise to improve the level of accessibility for a park reconstruction at the Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Falls Park. The People for Parks Board has been very supportive in donating their time and talent to our cause. They have impressed me with their commitment to the improvement of the Minneapolis Park System and their fiscal responsibility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying the many improvements that they championed in the Minneapolis Park System, such as the Lake Harriet Rock Garden, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra concerts, the Lake Harriet Picnic Shelter, to name a few.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage others to become involved with their worthy causes, both financially and through a donation of their time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

People for Parks has a committed volunteer board dedicated to making the Minneapolis Parks experience a great experience for all. The bandshell plaza is a great improvement to Lake Harriet, as is the picnic shelter. Other projects include helping improve tennis courts across the city and inoculating Elm trees. This arbor day they will donate 100 trees to Jordan park in Minneapolis, adjacent to the Hmong International academy. Great people working hard.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to give back to the park system which has enriched my life so much.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hardworking, creative and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really help the Minneapolis Park system. The sculpture garden needs work, lots of parks need upgrades. Wouldn't take 10 million, just $1million would let us do some great projects like a new playground at Beard's Plaissance, repairs to parks city wide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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