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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Philanthropy, Sports

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

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.