Universal Access Playground for Minnehaha Regional Park
Universal-access playgrounds enable all children to enjoy healthy social interaction, fun with peers, and opportunities to explore their own abilities. In addition to providing increased self-esteem and confidence, the playground will help children with and without disabilities learn cooperation and mutual respect for each other through regular play, and its soft surfaces will provide both kids and elderly caretakers with an added measure of safety. Learn more here.
The anticipated project cost is $1 million -MPRB has committed $300,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports Fund has committed $200,000 and People for Parks’ Falls 4 All committee has now raised over $100,000. People for Parks also granted an additional $25,000 to the project. See all the contributors here.
Although the standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eliminated some of the hurdles facing park users with disabilities, universal-access playgrounds go beyond ADA standards to create a space in which children or parents with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities can use at least 70% of the outdoor equipment.
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Allan Spear Colonnade at Mueller Park
Photo Credit: Raya Zimmerman, Southwest Journal.
Allan Spear served in the Minnesota Senate for 28 years, was President of the Senate, and was a professor of history at the University of Minnesota. In 2008, Mr. Spear was named by the Minnesota Historical Society as one of most influential 150 people in state history. The late senator was a long time resident of the Wedge neighborhood and often visited Mueller Park, as he lived with his partner just north of the park colonnade.
Mr. Spear was instrumental in the passage of the 1993 Human Rights Act which protects LGBT Minnesotans from discrimination, and positioned Minnesota as the first state in the nation to extend legal protection to Transgendered persons. His genuineness as an openly Gay man, and
his respected role in the Minnesota Senate played a vital role in persuading bipartisan support for LGBT inclusion in the Human Rights Act. These actions and his courage to live his life with openness and authenticity speak to his credibility as a role model to LGBT Minnesotans.
"Join the Impact-Twin Cities" (JTI) is a local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activist group. They have launched a campaign to install a commemorative plaque in memory of Allan Spear on the colonnade in Mueller Park, as well as enhanced landscaping and ongoing stewardship. Read more here.
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PFP board member Mark Kaplan spearheaded a campaign to raise funds for a historical marker commemorating those who lost their lives in the NW307 plane crash on Minnehaha Parkway. The funding goal was reached and a marker was installed on August 27, 2011. See photos and video of the event here.
276 Trees planted in Pearl Park
2011 marked our second annual sponsorship of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Arbor Day activities, with 276 trees planted at Pearl Park on Diamond Lake Road. Children from Hale School performed songs and poems during a special program, then helped plant trees with volunteers from People for Parks, Target, Best Buy and the community. This was the second of a three year tree-planting commitment made possible by a bequest by People for Parks member Carl Remick Jr. for reforestation.
Annual 5K Run/Walk/Stroll
PFP focuses on family fun in the parks with categories such as “parent and child” “grandparent and child”, “family duo” and “family trio”. The biggest family group (minimum of 20) will win a bandshell spectator bench with the inscription of their choice. We’d love you to show your support by joining us to run or walk this event to be held on September 8th 2013. Proceeds from each years race benefit the Lake Harriet Bandshell and surrounds. Print out an entry form and learn more here.
2012's photo contest generated great photos of the parks. Some of you may have seen the posters of the photos displayed in local recreation centers. PFP, the MPRB and National Camera Exchange invite you to submit photos and win great prizes in the 2013 contest. Youth (17 and under) and adult (18 and up) photos will be evaluated for impact, image quality, composition and storytelling in three categories: Events in the Parks, Beauty in the Parks and Fun in the Parks. See 2010, 2011 and 2012’s winners on our facebook page! And upload photos at www.natcam.com. Learn more here.