City Pages Article By Aaron Rupar

Around 7 p.m. on Easter in Kingfield’s Martin Luther King Park, a dog described as a pitbull/boxer mix tore away from its owner and went after a smaller papillon.

When the dust settled, the papillon was dead. But instead of cooperating with the papillon’s owner, the owner of the pitbull/boxer mix was “uncooperative” and left the scene.

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The core of our King Park Little Kids Soccer Program is to have a cadre of “parent-coaches”, trained in the teaching games, available for leading on any of 8 to 10 Saturdays from mid-June to mid-August. You don’t have to be there all Saturdays, just the ones you are town. With approximately 15 parent-coaches total available, we have enough coaches available for any given session.  Are you interested in supporting this program?

If so, Please send a note quickly to info@kingfield.org  with a “Yes for King Park Summer Soccer” in the memo line and KFNA will get you more information directly from the Volunteer Coordinator of this program.  The program provides a training session (maybe two different option days this spring) in the games by Sheila McGill, the University of St. Thomas Women’s Soccer Coach, in late May or early June.

Saturday April 19th, 2014, 10:00-11:30am

Spring is right around the corner! Be sure to stop by Dr. Martin Luther King Park for this annual spring party. Activities include cookie decorating, basket making, egg hunt with prizes, entertainment and a petting zoo. Light refreshments will be made available while supplies last. Admission is $2 per person/$5 per family. No registration required.

Online registration NOW Open:  This Summer, Urban Farming Program for Youth, Volleyball, Archery and other cool programming at King Park such as:

Urban Farming– # 39663

Kids ages 6-16 will learn about urban gardening in this hands-on program utilizing the Mosaic Garden at MLK Park.  Dig, plant and care for the vegetables and create your very own feasts from what you grow.  Class will be led by an experience 4-H instructor.  Class supported by KFNA, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and MN State Horticultural Society.  No cost but need to register online.

Indoor Volleyball Camp– #38947

 

For youth ages 8-13, held one week in June. Effective teamwork and good sportsmanship will also be emphasized. Campers should wear comfortable clothing for movement, tennis shoes, and knee pads (optional).

Archery— #39631

 

Learn the 11 steps to archery success in this exciting new program. Certified instructors will determine student’s dominant eye, teach proper archer form, shot execution, and follow-through. Class will be held indoors following the National Archery in Schools Program regimen taught in over 12,000 schools throughout the country. All participants will qualify for an all parks tournament held August 19th at the Lake Calhoun Archery Range. This program is sponsored by Tips Outdoors Foundation and their partners.

Here is the link to ALL MPRB Summer Activities: Search criteria ‘MLK’, or by activity, or program #.

 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board [MPRB] is working to understand the best aspects of options 1A and 4 and develop a revised design that can be embraced by the community. To help us better understand the community perspectives on the two options, individuals are being asked to complete a survey by March 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

The survey is designed to gather information related to critical design objectives of the play equipment, including how well it will hold the interest of users, it integrates the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King and African American History theme into the design, and it meets the community’s playground needs.

The survey is available online (http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1359) and at the park building.

Images of the playground designs they are looking at are below.

Playground Design #1 A and 1 B ElementaryArea

 

Playground Design #4: school age Playground #4: Elementary Age Playground #4: InterpretivePanels

This spring and summer, take a vegetable gardening class! Each session is taught by a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener.

Gardening classes taught in English will be held on five Tuesdays (skipping over April 15) beginning April 1, 6-7:30 PM at MLK Park. Application forms can be found at: http://kingfield.org/green/community-gardens/ or outside the KFNA office door at #101 in the Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant, Minneapolis, MN 55409.  The deadline for this class has been extended to Friday, March 28.

Gardening classes taught in Spanish will be held at Sabathani Community Garden. This six-part class, held on the second Saturday of the month from April to September, will be translated into Spanish by Kingfield neighbor Marianna Padilla. The class will be held from 9 to 11 AM on April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13.  Call 612-547-6910 to register for “In the Garden.”

The core of our King Park Little Kids Soccer Program is to have a cadre of “parent-coaches”, trained in the teaching games, available for leading on any of 8 to 10 Saturdays from mid-June to mid-August. You don’t have to be there all Saturdays, just the ones you are town. With approximately 15 parent-coaches total available, we have enough coaches available for any given session.  Are you interested in supporting this program?

If so, Please send a note quickly to info@kingfield.org  with a “Yes for King Park Summer Soccer” in the memo line and KFNA will get you more information directly from the Volunteer Coordinator of this program.  The program provides a training session (maybe two different option days this spring) in the games by Sheila McGill, the University of St. Thomas Women’s Soccer Coach, in late May or early June.

King Park is also interested in having the gym used for some informal youth soccer game time on weekends and/or some weekday evenings this spring. If this opportunity to get involved interests you please, again, contact KFNA at info@kingfield.org with “Yes for King Park Spring Soccer” in the memo line of the email.

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