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.
People for Parks is an agile organization, by which I mean that it is relatively small and definitely grassroots, so it is able to act quickly when approached for "just a little help." Although grants range from large to almost tiny, each one helps a group or organization enhance Minneapolis parks. People for Parks has provided support, large and small, for everything from a playground that will be accessible for every child to planting shrubs to replace buckthorn in the bird sanctuary.