MPLS Park & Rec Long-term Planning Community Meetings

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You are invited to a special meeting about several Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) projects that focus on long-term park planning. These city-wide initiatives include Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks, RecQuest and Service Area Master Plans.

Thu., May 28      11 am – noon     MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Or

Mon., June 1      6-7 pm                  MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Each meeting will give a brief overview of each initiative and provide you with information about how  community engagement for each project will be combined as often as possible. Read more

Play Ball! Kingfield Adult Softball Starts May 7!

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Warm-up starts about 6:30 PM

MLK Park Field 3

Bring your glove and drop-in each Thursday and play! Teams are picked new each week. Join the Facebook Group for updates and weekly team photos!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingfieldsoftball/

Today: Playground Groundbreaking!

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The public is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration for the new playground at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Wednesday, May 6 at noon (4055 Nicollet Ave. So.) at the site of the current playground.

The playground will be the first in the state of Minnesota to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and African-American History. In collaboration with four local African-American artists and design consultants, the neighborhood and its stakeholders have designed a park that will inspire children, their parents, fellow neighbors and friends of the community.

Main elements of the new playground will include:

  • interpretive panels with historical information and QR code links to the African-American Registry website
  • a climbing structure replicating the Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • a climbable mountaintop
  • an educational staircase illustrating authors of African Heritage
  • a flag from the Red Hand Division WWI African-American regiment
  • themed children’s play to highlight African-American inventors, including our own Minnesotan, Frederick McKinley Jones.

You can learn more about the playground on the project webpage here.

The old playground will be completely removed and a new one installed. This special event will feature a brief program, official groundbreaking and light refreshments to follow.

Contact: Colleen O’Dell, MPRB Planning, codell@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6469

Playground Groundbreaking Celebration

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The public is invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration for the new playground at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Wednesday, May 6 at noon (4055 Nicollet Ave. So.) The event will be held at the site of the current playground.

The playground will be the first in the state of Minnesota to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and African-American History. In collaboration with four local African-American artists and design consultants, the neighborhood and its stakeholders have designed a park that will inspire children, their parents, fellow neighbors and friends of the community.

Main elements of the new playground will include:
• interpretive panels with historical information and QR code links to the African-American Registry website
• a climbing structure replicating the Edmund Pettus Bridge
• a climbable mountaintop
• an educational staircase illustrating authors of African Heritage
• a flag from the Red Hand Division WWI African-American regiment
• themed children’s play to highlight African-American inventors, including our own Minnesotan, Frederick McKinley Jones.

The old playground will be completely removed and a new one installed. This special event will feature a brief program, official groundbreaking and light refreshments to follow.

Questions? Contact: Colleen O’Dell, MPRB Planning, codell@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6469

Kingfield Earth Day Celebration is Tomorrow! 4/25/2015

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MLK Park, 9:30am-1pm

While at the Park, check out information tables and earthy-friendly activities like making a seed bomb and playing a recycling game.

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.

Meet our Kingfield Beekeeper, find out about honeybees in Kingfield, and check-out how you can help make our neighborhood a better place for our friends, the pollinators!

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.

Earth Day 2015 Flyer

Check out our Facebook page for more details about planned activities: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591892167731677/

MPRB Seeks Implementation Team Members for Urban Agriculture Activity Plan

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Beans

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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 gcannon@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6413.

*Note–if you live in Kingfield, apply for this, and are seated on the Team please let us know at info@kingfield.org as we would love to be “in the know” on the implementation of this Plan.

Seeking a Science and Engineering Summer Camp Director

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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.

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