Saturday, August 23, 11AM- 4PM

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual park event to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s free celebration will include musical entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors and the unveiling of the Beloved Community Project. Years in the making, the project includes a paved walkway, granite benches and landscaping around the Freedom Form II sculpture and a plaque marking its significance in the park.

The Beloved Community Project was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Legacy Council, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, and Chicago Fire Arts, partially funded by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.  Read more

August 10, 8:30 AM -1 PM, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South

Nicollet Ace Hardware is bringing their Canning Master to the Market this Sunday to show you all how it is done! Come meet Mary Woell and watched some cukes get canned. Still wondering if you can really do that all by yourself? Talk to Mary about registering for one, or all four, of the Fresh Food Preservation Classes, happening this fall at MLK Park, or register at the links below.

Two classes of the September Thursday evening classes are taught by Mary who is a personal chef, culinary teacher and demonstrator, and a master preserver through the U of MN Extension Service: Canning with Confidence and Fun with Fermentation. The other two classes are taught by Kingfield neighbor Marianna Padilla, who has been gardening in the neighborhood for over forty years and teaching organic vegetarian cooking for over 30: Preserving Your Garden: Freezing and Preserving your Garden: Dehydrating.

You can also take advantage of the entire series of preservation classes at one low discounted price. Preserving your garden utilizing both freezing and dehydrating methods to maximize freshness throughout the year. Canning with Confidence will give you a basic introduction and take it a step further using fermentation to can sauerkraut for years of enjoyment. Our Gardening Masters will show you hands-on methods they have developed over a lifetime of working in their backyard gardens! Register for the series of 4 classes here:


The Garden Preservation Program is a partnership between KFNA and MLK Park.

Basketball Camp #38959
Monday, July 28 – Thursday, July 31
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
Ages: 8 – 13
Fee: Resident: $100 / Non-Resident: $140
This camp will give players the opportunity to learn new basketball skills and how to apply them in game situations. Players of all levels that are looking to enhance their ball handling and shooting skills will enjoy this fun, noncompetitive environment. Coaches will also address the importance of proper conditioning and training in order to play basketball at a higher level.

Register for programs at:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is holding a public hearing for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Playground concept plan. The hearing will be held on July 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor board room of MPRB Headquarter at 2117 West River Road in Minneapolis. The draft concept plan and play equipment designs are the result of an extensive community engagement process that included more than 150 individuals, including more than 60 youth. A guiding design theme for the concept and play equipment is celebrating and honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American history. An artist team worked with the community, MPRB staff and design consultants to bring this theme into the playground design.

“I am thankful to everyone that participated in the planning for the new playground and look forward to celebrating with the community its opening in 2015,” said Commissioner Brad Bourn, 6th Park District.

The development of the concept plan included six community meetings, events in the park, community surveys and public consultations at Sabathani Community Center and Kingfield’s Farmer’s Market. Spanish interpreters were provided, as needed, at community meetings and at the Sabathani Community Center consultations. In addition, postcards, surveys and flyers were developed in English and Spanish. Individuals have also been able to track the project through regular email updates, mailings and online information. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Organization assisted with notification and community engagement throughout the development of the concept design.

All those attending the public hearing will have an opportunity to review the plans and share their comments with the Planning Committee of the MPRB Board of Commissioners. If you are interested in speaking, you may sign up until 6:25 pm. on the day of the hearing. If you require language translation or other accommodations, please call 612-230-6472 at least two business days prior to the hearing.

Learn more about the project, view the concept plans or make a donation towards the playground on the

  • project’s web page

    Nature Nuts Play Group #39201
    Wednesdays, July 15 – August 6 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet
    Ages: 3 – 5
    Fee: Free
    Come with your little ones to play in and explore nature with other families. Each day will be different, from digging in the dirt to chasing grasshoppers! We’ll be outside every day so dress for the weather and prepare to get a little messy. Parent/Child Program (age 5 and under).

    Fishing Camp #39074
    July 14 – July 17
    Grades: 3-6
    Fee: Resident $20.00 / Non-Resident $37.50
    River fishing camp leaves from MLK Park and occurs at the Mississippi River.

    Jazzmobile Project #40424
    July 16, 3:00pm (All Ages)
    The Mobile Jazz Project strives to utilize Jazz music, its derivatives, history, art, media and technology as a means to promote learning, communication and self-expression. The Mobile Jazz Project is designed to provide free concerts and a safe and diverse forum for civic engagement and cultural enlightenment for all ages and nationalities.

    Register for programs at:

    Saturday, June 28
    Dr. MLK Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave S
    Bring your bikes, trikes, and don’t forget your helmet!
    Bicycle riders of all ages are welcome to test your skills on a bike course provided by the Minneapolis Park Police!
    Safety Tips
    Equipment Checks
    Bike Registrations
    Some lucky riders will win bike locks donated by Nicollet Ace Hardware!

    Sunday June 22, 8:30 AM- 1 PM, 4310 Nicollet Ave South

    This week KFNA offers a look at “The ART of Community & Play”. Kingfield Artist, Rachel Breen, is back at the market and you can learn about her community “seeding” project as well as representatives from the Minneapolis Park board, presenting designs for comments for the new playground coming to MLK Park in 2015.

    Rachel Breen will be having conversations with neighbors about what they have inherited and what they would like to pass on to future generations. She will be incorporating impressions from these conversations, along with images of heirloom seeds and plants into the creation of the murals she will make on neighborhood garages. According to Rachel, “My recent work has explored the practice of saving heirloom seeds, asking larger questions about what we have inherited from the past and the legacy we hope to leave behind. By focusing on my work on activity that humans have been doing for thousands of years to protect seeds, I ask the public to consider our role in sustaining the environment today and into the future. “

    Playground Design Team Members will be at the Market to display the equipment design and collect comments from 10 AM- 1 PM. The design team is energized by the additional comments they received through the most recent survey. The comments are enriching both the theming and the play value to produce a better playground equipment design. The goal is to finalize the design on June 25, 2014, then bring it and the overall concept for the playground area to the MPRB for approval in July.

    also…Build a mini Kingfield!
    This Sunday at 10 am kids and families can gather under the info tent to build a model of a mini Kingfield neighborhood out of legos! Assemble a little model house, get to know your neighbors and see Kingfield from a birds eye view! Thank you to Rare Form Properties for sponsoring this fun event.

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