The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Urban Agriculture Activity Plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process. The plan contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture within the parks. The Board of Commissioners supports establishment of an implementation team to fulfill the goals of the plan. The role of the implementation team is to guide project planning and implementation, provide project oversight, and communicate team progress among a broad audience of stakeholders. The work of the Implementation team will guide the plan’s implementation for many years ahead.
The MPRB is now accepting applications from Minneapolis residents for three appointed positions on this team. Applications are due April 20, 2015. Appointment notifications will be made shortly thereafter. For more information about this team, read the Team Charter. Questions? Contact Ginger Cannon at email@example.com or 612-230-6413.
*Note–if you live in Kingfield, apply for this, and are seated on the Team please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org as we would love to be “in the know” on the implementation of this Plan.
KFNA has been working with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park, 4-H, and the Hennepin County Master Gardeners to create to create a robust youth eco-eduction program at King Park for years. This year the program will be even bigger and will feature a partnership between the Park Board and 4-H and will provide programming at a number of park sites this summer! The partners are seeking qualified staff for this program, a partial description is below and the full description is linked as well.
Position Description: The Outdoor Science and Engineering Adventure Summer Camp Director will plan, lead, and deliver 5 one week long summer camps in a fun, safe, learning environment focusing on science and environmental exploration. Minneapolis Park and Recreation locations include; Martin Luther King Park, Sibley Park, Pershing Park, East Phillips Park, and Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis.
The Camp Director will work in collaboration with a Co-Camp Director with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to engage Minneapolis youth in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM). Core science curriculum that will be used includes; Explore It and Design It and Environmental Education curriculum: Citizen Science Driven to Discover and others.
This position will begin the week of June 29 and end August 17. The position consists of 30 hours per week and includes 18 hours of direct programming and 12 hours of planning, evaluation, reporting, and administrative tasks.
Calling all Bikers! Recyclers! And Honey Bee Butterflyers! Join the Kingfield Earth Day Celebration!
Saturday April 25, 9:30 AM – 1 PM!
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave S
Come bring in the Spring with biking, Seed Bomb making, Electronic Recycling. Permaculture games and Earth Friendly Fun!
We will be showcasing:
- Tech Dump – on site electronic recycling
- a Parkwide cleanup,
- Minneapolis Bike Coalition,
- Boot Strap Farm,
- New York Life Financial and
- the Amazing Seed Swap event!
Since 1995, the City of Minneapolis has been celebrating Earth Day by providing a volunteer experience and environmental education at many of its parks. This year, MLK Park will continue the tradition, and add a few new ones! Stop by to pick up some gloves and trash bags so you can help us clean up the park and our neighborhood.
While at the Park, check out information tables and earthy-friendly activities like making a seed bomb, playing a recycling game, and learning how to help our friends, the pollinators. Be sure to bring your unwanted seeds for a great seed swap, and your old cell phones and chargers for on-site cell phone recycling by TechDump. Learn how to use the City’s 311 application and win a free high-efficiency/energy saving light bulb (good for the planet AND your budget). There will be presentations and information from Marianna Padilla’s Organic Gardening, Bootstrap Urban Farm, Minneapolis Bike Coalition, Sister’s Camelot, and New York Life. Check out our Facebook page for more details about planned activities: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591892167731677/
We are still seeking some day-of volunteers; can you help? Just contact Cheryl at Cheryl@kingfield.org !
Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for their annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55409).
The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson, Senior Account Executive with the Minnesota Twins. Tony Sanneh, CEO/Executive Director of the Sanneh Foundation and retired professional soccer player, recognized as U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Finalist, will give a keynote presentation. The celebration will also feature a tribute to Dr. King as well as performances from the Zacc Harris Trio and Ashley DuBose, a past contestant on the NBC hit television Show “The Voice”.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Refreshments will be available following the program. For more information, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6400.
PROPOSED 2015 MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD BUDGET CONTINUES FOCUS ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, SERVICE DELIVERY AND MAINTAINING PARK SYSTEM
Public comment opportunities scheduled Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 10
The Superintendent’s Recommended 2015 Budget for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) focuses on maintaining park services and facilities, strategically addressing financial and operational challenges, improving organizational efficiency and service delivery, and addressing Emerald Ash Borer and other threats to the urban tree canopy.
“The proposed budget includes the General Fund operating budget that reflects a 4 percent property tax increase and focuses on establishing a financially sustainable funding model, supporting ongoing operations, addressing threats to the urban tree canopy, continuing our work on equity across the park system, including racial equity, and implementing organizational changes that will improve efficiency and enhance service delivery. It reflects the MPRB’s commitment to sound financial management and strategic long-term planning,” explained Superintendent Jayne Miller. “It also includes the second year of a special levy dedicated to the removal and replacement of infested and distressed ash trees and replanting of trees lost during storms. The combined levies reflect a 4.9 percent property tax increase over 2014.” Read more
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Healthy activities abound at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park! InnerCity Tennis will be running their kid’s agility program in the street outside the park. Stop by and partake in the fun and learn about their weekly free Saturday Tennis Program for youth of all skill-levels right here in the bubble in MLK Park! At the Mosaic Garden plaza, just north of the building, a number of movement artists whose common connection is that they hold classes in Kingfield’s Center for Performing Arts will be holding drop-in classes and demos including:
- 12:00 Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
- 12:30 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
- 1:00 Instrument Making with Diedrich Weiss – Mini Guitar lessons and Jam session
- 2:00 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
- 2:30 Zumba Party with Darryl Sellers
- 3:00 T’ai Chi with Blue Dragon T’ai Chi
- 3:30 Instrument Making with Twin Cities Music Therapy
- 4:30 Nia with Beth Giles – Dance fitness with power and healing
The park area south of the building will feature, in part:
- 12-2 & 3-5 Archery in the Park, a new MLK Park program!
- 12-3 Crafts In the Park led by Park Staff
- 12:00-5:00 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Legacy Council Info Table
- 3:00-5:00 Bobby & Steve’s Youth Foundation Table
The Children’s Stage at MLK Park feature:
- 3:00-3:45 Teddy Bear Band (featuring the dancing Panda)
- 3:45-4:00 Story Time (providingFree books to all participants sponsored by Bobby & Steve’s)
- 4:00-5:00 The Resistors
Also pause while you are at the park to enjoy the enhanced Beloved Community Space, recently revamped and revealed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park Jr. Legacy Council. You can read more about the new space, this project, and the Council in the most recent edition of The Southwest Journal in an article titled More Than a Name.