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The 10th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference. Join us on Saturday, September 8th at beautiful Lake Nokomis! More info:

Get ready for this year’s Monarch Festival! 

Work with artists from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre to make your own set of monarch wings. This activity is free for participants.

Wear your wings in the Children’s Costume Parade! Wear your wings to show you love monarch butterflies!

Two days to choose from:
Thursday, August 30 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday, September 6 from 6pm to 8pm

Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, Mpls

Children must be accompanied by an adult.Participants should wear clothes and shoes that may be enhanced by paint . Or bring a paint shirt!

Enjoy a last splash!

On Monday, August 27, students head back to class for first day of the school year for the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) district. 

That means Sunday, August 26 is the last day to visit wading pools located on or near 22 MPS properties. See below for the full list of these wading pool locations.  

Other MPRB wading pools will stay open to the public through Labor Day (Monday, September 3) and are also listed below. 

Wading pools that will be closed as of Monday, August 27

Armatage Park - 2500 57th St. W 

Bethune Park - 1301 10th Ave. N

Bohanon Park - 4917 Bryant Ave. N 

Bottineau Field Park - 2000 2nd St. NE

Cleveland Park - 3232 Queen Ave. N     

Hall Park - 1524 Aldrich Ave. N  

Harrison Park - 503 Irving Ave. N

Hiawatha School Park - 4305 42nd St. E 

Holmes Park - 301 4th St. SE      

Jordan Park - 2927 Irving Ave. N              

Keewaydin Park - 3030 53rd St. E   

Kenny Park - 1328 58th St. W 

Lyndale School - West 34th St. and Pillsbury Ave. So.          

Matthews Park - 2318 29th Ave. S

Peavey Field Park - 730 22nd St. E      

Shingle Creek Park - 2010 50th Ave. N

Stewart Park - 2700 12th Ave. S    

Victory Park - 4414 Upton Ave. N     

Waite Park - 1810 34th Ave. NE

Whittier Park - 425 W 26th St.

Willard Park - 1626 Queen Ave. N

Windom Northeast Park - 1810 34th Ave. NE

Wading pools open through Monday, September 3

Audubon Park - 1320 29th Ave. NE

Beltrami Park - 1111 Summer St. NE

Bossen Field Park - 5601 28th Ave. S

Brackett Field Park - 2728 39th Ave. S

Bryant Square Park - 3101 Bryant Ave. S

Bryn Mawr Meadows Park - 601 Morgan Ave. S

Corcoran Park - 3334 20th Ave. S

Dickman Park - 636 2nd St. NE

East Phillips Park - 2307 17th Ave. S

Elliot Park - N 1000 14th St. E

Farview Park - 621 N 29th Ave.

Fuller Park - 4800 Grand Ave. S

Hi-View Park - 3474 2nd St. NE

Jackson Square Park - 2212 Jackson St. NE 

Lake Hiawatha Park - 2701 E. 44th St.

Linden Hills Park - 3100 43rd St.

Longfellow Park - 3435 36th Ave. S

Loring Park - 1382 Willow St.

Luxton Park - 112 Williams Ave. SE      

Lynnhurst Park - 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W     

Marshall Terrace Park - 2740 Marshall St. NE

McRae Park - 906 47th St. E

Minnehaha Park (Wabun Area) - 4655 46th Avenue S

Morris Park - 5531 39th Ave. S  

Mueller Park - 2509 Colfax Ave. S

North Commons Park - 1801 James Ave. N

North Mississippi Regional Park - 5114 North Mississippi Dr.

Pearl Park - 414 Diamond Lake Rd. E

Pershing Field Park - 3523 48th St. W

Phelps Field Park - 701 39th St. E

Powderhorn Park - 3400 15th Ave. S

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

Riverside Park - 2700 8th St. S

Sibley Park - 1900 E 40th St.

Van Cleve Park- 901 15th Ave. SE

Minneapolis Bike Tour
Bike TourCome experience the beautiful parkways that make Minneapolis the best place to bike in the country by participating in the 2018 Minneapolis Bike Tour! Spanning the Grand rounds Scenic Byway System, the Minneapolis Bike Tour is a family-oriented, recreational tour that is great for all ages and abilities.
Bike TourThe tour will take place on Sunday, September 16, at 8 am, with a picturesque start and finish line area at Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St. NE). There are two routes to choose from; 16-mile and 32-mile, both of which are closed to motorized traffic. All routes include stops with refreshments and bike mechanics.
Stick around after the ride to enjoy live music, beer for participants 21+ (must show ID), courtesy of local Utepils Brewing, food from local vendors, exhibitor booths and bike tour merchandise for sale.
Check out our tour video on our Minneapolis Bike Tour Facebook page and sign up to ride today!

Planning Projects

Community Engagement Policy

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is updating its Community Engagement Policy and we’d like to hear from you!

The policy guides MPRB’s community engagement processes and practices, and your input will help shape an updated policy.

More Information and Next Steps:

For more information, please read the current MPRB Community Engagement Policy:

There will be other ways to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences as this project progresses, including open houses, focus groups and a traveling exhibit. More information will be shared when details are finalized.

About this project:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Community Engagement Policy outlines how community stakeholders participate in planning all MPRB park facility construction and redevelopment projects. This project will evaluate the current policy and redraft it based on public feedback. To subscribe to updates on this effort, please visit the project page.

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is in the process of orchestrating a master planning process to explore methods of balancing water management and use of the Hiawatha Golf Course property. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) process is one of the best paths to a robust conversation supporting the master planning process. During the master planning process, the CAC will meet frequently, even as MPRB staff and consultants reach out to others interested in the future of the golf course property through other formal and informal input opportunities.

The MPRB has updated its website with a page that will be directed solely to this project. The site is being populated with a calendar of meetings and events, master planning progress updates, and presentations made during CAC and other meetings—in addition to the core materials gathered through the past few years of study. There are links to work being conducted by other agencies that might inform the work of master planning the golf course property, and a link that allows interested stakeholders to be notified about the project.

CAC meetings are open to the public, and formal meeting notices will be sent out by email. The final 15 minutes of each meeting are dedicated to providing the public an opportunity to address the CAC and members of the public in attendance. The next CAC meeting is being scheduled and notice will go out via gov delivery when the details are available. 

Please visit the project page for more information and to sign up for notification of upcoming meetings.

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

Shoreline enhancements will improve habitat for both aquatic and upland animal species. It will stabilize erosion, seek to remove invasive plants, and create a functional continuum of shoreline zones. Plantings will accommodate fluctuations in water level, allowing for resilience to changing water level conditions in the lake. Improvements will be constructed primarily along the north shoreline of the lake.

The first public meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Nokomis Community Center. At that meeting, interested community members reviewed current site conditions and gave feedback on potential changes along Lake Nokomis’s northern and eastern shoreline.

The second public meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at Pearl Recreation Center. This meeting provided a recap on site analysis and potential stabilization measures and provided attendees with an opportunity to discuss options and opportunities for how shoreline improvements may eventually look. Feedback on the options and design elements can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan
A Master Plan is needed to map management strategies befitting a river-adjacent, ecologically rich regional park with the potential to see two very different river futures based on the future of the lock and dam structures nearby on the Mississippi River. 

The gorge encompasses parkland flanking both the east and west banks of the Mississippi River between Bridge No. 9 and north edge of Minnehaha Regional Park.

The draft framework concepts and diagrams were shared with the CAC at their last meeting and are available on the project page for review and comment. Feedback can be submitted via survey.

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan
Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompasses parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit. The next meeting of the CAC is being held on August 30 from 6-8pm. The main purpose of this meeting will be to describe and discuss various inventories of the creek: ecological, historical, racial disparities, stormwater-related concerns, etc.

There are two ways to share your opinions on Minnehaha Creek and the trails and parkland lining the creek online:

Subscribe to the project page to receive updates.

Phelps Park Improvements

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! We would like your help and input in desiging the playground and splash pad. Two concepts for the park were recently shared with park visitors and are posted to the project page. If you have thoughts on the elements presented in the concepts about what should absolutely be part of the design or what shouldn't please email the projected manager, Kelly Wilcox with your feedback.
Subscribe to the project page to receive updates. 

The MPRB is conducting a system-wide needs assessment for our recreation centers and their programs called RecQuest.  As you've no doubt noticed, many of our recreation centers are in need of updating. This project is helping the MPRB discover the gaps between our current facilities and offerings as well as the recreation and programming needs of the community to ensure that investments are made responsibly. It also helps ensure that both rec centers and their programming keep pace with the changing demographics and recreation trends of Minneapolis residents. This assessment project gives you a chance to tell us what features and activities you want to see in your recreation centers.

Two important pieces to the project's success will be inclusive community engagement and a racial equity impact assessment, or looking at how racial and ethnic groups may be affected by any proposed decisions. The MPRB Community Outreach department is helping lead both of these essential efforts.

There is no preset agenda or outcome for this assessment, all recommendations will be determined only after the completion of a multi-faceted facilities assessment and in-depth community engagement process. This project will set the stage for the next 25-30 years of investment in recreation centers, most of which are 40-50 years old.

The community advisory committee will be making recommendations to the board during the month of July.

Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page.


Ecological System Plan

Planning is underway for the Ecological System Plan for the Minneapolis Park system. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing this plan together. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.

Specifically, the ecological system plan will:

  • Compile, create, and illustrate city-wide ecological data
  • Craft a vision for natural resources and public lands within the watershed and city
  • Outline guiding principles for management
  • Challenge the community to rethink the city around them – from the local neighborhood park to the Grand Rounds to backyards – in terms of ecological function, benefit, and health.
Draft Goals and Strategies have been developed to frame how MPRB can address environmental impacts and concerns in Minneapolis parks.  Your input is welcome!  Read through the Goals and Strategies and then complete a survey to share your response.

Subscribe to the project page to be notified of upcoming meetings.  Please take this survey to help the MPRB understand how you connect to nature in the city.



Bossen Field Park

Design for building improvements to the existing park building are underway. These improvements would be a continuation of approved Master Plan improvements within the park. The improvements would include replacing the existing building lighting, upgrading both restrooms, providing a new accessible bathroom, replacing the water service line (which will allow the wading pool to reopen after two repairs and subsequent failures of the water main last season) and, exterior building enhancements. These building improvements are to be funded through NPP20 rehabilitation dollars.  

Planned improvements also include the construction of a new maintenance garage to be located on the south end of the park. The addition of a maintenance garage to store maintenance equipment is necessary in order to maintain the new athletic fields.  Funding for the maintenance garage is limited and therefore may not be able to be constructed if construction bids exceed available funding.

The project page provides an opportunity to sign up for updates and to be notified of news related to the project.

Sibley Park Public Works Lift Station Construction
The City of Minneapolis Public Works department is doing repairs on a lift station located on their property adjacent to Sibley Park. Residents interested in additional information on this project should contact 311 or Council Memeber Johnson's office. 

Minnehaha Park Area Regional Sewer Improvements Project

The Metropolitan Council shared information with residents and businesses near Minnehaha Park at a public hearing on May 22 about a proposed sewer improvement project. Construction work, scheduled to begin in 2019, would rehabilitate an aging regional sanitary sewer tunnel under Minnehaha Creek, Hiawatha Avenue and the METRO Blue Line LRT along the north side of East Minnehaha Parkway. The information shared at that meeting included these handouts.

Project Page:

NPP20 (20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan)
Earlier this year, a new round of rehabilitation projects began at 33 neighborhood parks throughout the city. The focus is on the repair or replacement of aging, obsolete and non-functioning assets, ranging from exterior lighting and sidewalks to roofs and heating systems at park facilities.

For details on the scope of the projects and a list of the parks where work will take place, read the full news release on the MPRB website.

Commissioner Musich represents the fifth park district in the South East corner of Minneapolis.

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Broaden access to youth sports and environmental education.

Utilize a systemic approach to capital improvements and planning processes to ensure that investments being made build on system wide goals and are done equitably.


Commissioner Musich has a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, and has worked in the banking industry for the past 16 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past seven years in various capacities on an IT team.  Along with several other neighborhood residents, she started the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit stewardship and advocacy group that partners with local government agencies and other non-profits to protect, preserve and improve Lake Nokomis and its surrounding park.  She has also served the community as a University of Minnesota Master Gardener with Hennepin County.   

Special Interests 

The commissioner, along with her husband and son have converted the lawns of their urban lot just south of Lake Nokomis into a small farm with honeybees in a second story apiary, plum trees, a cider apple tree, lingonberry and blueberry bushes, grape vines, a vegetable plot and herb gardens.  To bring more pollinators to their gardens, established perennial beds have been slowly converted to house native plants, and turf has been over seeded with yarrow, marjoram, tickweed, ground plum, creeping thyme, calico aster and clover and a green roof prairie was incorporated into the rebuilding of their garage. Learn about Bee Lawns and Green Roofs

Avid cyclists, skiers, canoists, sailors and swimmers you can often find them cruising the trails, swimming or boating throughout the system. The commissioner's son participates in the MPRB's and MPS youth sports leagues bringing the family to park courses and athletic fields throughout the city for games. While recuperating from outdoor adventures, the commissioner can be found immersed in a book.

Current reading selection: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. As summer draws to a close, I had to squeeze in one last suspenseful beach read. 


Discover Your Next Park Adventure!

Each year, through generous donations from corporate sponsors and local musicians, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board puts on concerts and shows films throughout the summer season. This year, I've added all of the events occurring in or very near the 5th district to my Facebook events to make it easier for you to find something fun, and free to do that's close to home. So pack a picnic, pump up the tires on your bike and head to a park near you for some free and fun entertainment this summer!
Family Nature Club

Parks on Social Media

Lake Hiawatha Park
Minnehaha Park
Morris Park
Keewaydin Park
Hiawatha Golf Course
Elmer the Elm Tree

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