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

Lake Country School’s Annual Plant Sale

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Thursday May 7 & Friday May 8, 8 AM to 6 PM

3755 Pleasant Ave S

You can purchase organically grown, herbicide free annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets. Many of the plants are grown by LCS students and staff at the Lake Country Land School. Sale location is in the west parking lot off of Pleasant Avenue.

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

Coaches Needed for Little Kids Soccer at MLK Park

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Soccer Fun at MLK Park!KFNA and MLK Park are looking for coaches to help lead the Little Kids Soccer program at M.L. King Park again this summer. You don’t have be there all, or even many, of the 10 week Saturday morning sessions, we’d still love to have you join in the fun and teaching with the games with a soccer ball. We work with 4-year-olds through 12-year-olds, and generally have 50 kids each Saturday. We aim to have a cadre of 15 coaches for the summer, with 8 or 9 of them being at any given Saturday morning session.
The ten weeks of Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, start June 13th and run through August 15th, 2015. You come as often as you can.
We have two training sessions in the little kids games this year. You can come to either one or both sessions. The games are taught by St. Thomas University Women’s Varsity Coach Sheila McGill.
Sunday, May 17th, 7 to 8:30 PM, and/or
Monday, May 18th, 7 to 8:30 PM.
If you can’t coach on the field, but want to help, we need some help also with coordination and organizing for for the program as a whole, and some of the sessions on Saturdays as well.
Let our Volunteer Program Coordinator know if you’re interested with an e-mail at michaeljvanderford@gmail.com.

Minneapolis Public Schools Area C Meeting

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Thursday April 23, 2015
Green Central Community School 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
3416 4th Ave. South
Testing:  Discussion with Q&A / What’s next for Area C Parent Leadership? /General Q&A

light dinner at 5:30 | childcare ages 3 & up | Somali and Spanish interpreters

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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