People for Parks
Building grassroots relationships by empowering people to engage in stewardship, community, and enjoyment of Minneapolis Parks through equitable funding of projects and programs.
After losing 31,000 trees in 1977 to Dutch Elm disease, People for Parks was created to allow companies and concerned citizens to help fund the replacement of these beautiful elms.
People for Parks expanded its membership and mission of improving Minneapolis and its parks. Four decades later, People for Parks continues its work as an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit citizens group. Please click on the history document at right to read about the over $2 million of projects provided to MPRB by People for Parks.People for Parks is a non-profit organization created to stimulate financial and community support for Minneapolis Parks from citizens, businesses and organizations. We carry out special projects in cooperation with our donors and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Our purpose is to sponsor programs and projects that enhance and promote our city's park services and facilities.
Since 1977, People for Parks has identified and funded over $2.5 million dollars of special projects and programs that improve Minneapolis and its parks. People for Parks is an independent, non-profit group whose decisions are not influenced by politics or special interests. Led by an active board of directors, People for Parks continues its growth and mission. We invite your ideas for improving Minneapolis and its park system.
Below: A 90 second video about People for Parks created by students from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. Thank you Tony, Derek, Dustin, Mandi and teacher Barb!
* About Those Tax Dollars
“Operation, upkeep and maintenance funds obtained through general taxation are insufficient and can never be sufficient to meet in full the public demands for park and recreation service. The general taxpayer does his full share in providing the grounds, equipment, and facilities for the general service of the park system. There are, however, special accommodations, facilities, and services provided which are made use of by a comparatively small percentage of the total population, as well as by thousands of non-residents. These people should be, and most likely the majority are, willing to contribute through reasonable fees the necessary funds to provide such special accommodations, services, and facilities.” ~ Theodore Wirth, 1945
Tax dollars are not nearly enough to maintain and improve our world class park system.
People for Parks.
PO Box 24901
Minneapolis MN 55424.
Bench & Paver Program
Leave a Lasting Impression at Lake Harriet
Give a unique gift to the people and parks you love with a personalized bench or paver!
Pavers and benches at Lake Harriet are sold year round. Visit the Gifts & Memorials page to learn more.