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Knowing how to swim is more than just fun and fitness; it can also save a life. MPRB offers lessons for all ages and abilities, with scholarships and donated swimwear available to help make swimming more accessible and equitable.

For Minneapolis youth who qualify, a series of eight lessons with a scholarship is just $5, versus the typical $50 cost; scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

These low-cost swimming lessons are part of the Water and Ice Safety Education (WISE) program launched by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) and take place throughout the summer at at a variety of MPRB aquatics facilities. In addition to standard swimming lessons, WISE scholarships are available to individuals interested in women’s-only swimming lessons and lifeguard training classes.

Interested in applying for a WISE swimming scholarship for yourself or a child? Classes are held throughout the summer at various MPRB lakes and pools and year-'round at the Phillips Aquatics Center. 

For more information on MPRB swim lessons and scholarships, email or call 612-230-6495. 

Flowering Bee Lawn Field Day

Are you interested in learning concrete ways to support bee pollinators in your yard? Then this field day is for you!

Come see an established bee lawn and learn about installation, flowers, maintenance, and bee diversity.

No need to RSVP. Stop by anytime between 3:00 and 5:00pm on Wednesday July 31st.

Audubon Park

1320 29th Avenue Northeast

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Hosted by the University of Minnesota in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, with funding from the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Invasive Carp Removal at Lake Nokomis

carp caught with a box netThis week and next, people may notice unusual activity on and near Lake Nokomis. Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) contractors have begun the process of removing carp from the lake, using box nets that were tested at the site last fall.
This work is part of MPRB's Lake Nokomis Carp Management Research project, whose goal is to develop a long-term plan to manage invasive carp at Lake Nokomis. 

Public impacts

Netting and removal of the carp will occur during late-night and early-morning hours, due to the feeding schedule of carp. Corn bait will be used, as it is eaten by very few fish other than carp; any sport fish or radio-tagged carp caught in the nets will be returned to the lake.
During the removal, people may see an electro-fishing boat on the lake, or lights from flashlights and headlamps used on the boat and along the shore. 
Park visitors may also see floats on the water marking box-net locations and ropes used to tie off nets to shore.
The carp removal will continue through Thursday, July 25 or possibly later, depending on lake conditions.

The harvested carp are being taken to the  Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility, so they will become compost and will not be wasted. 

Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan Facts and Misconceptions: 
New informational series aims to clear up facts surrounding Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has spent a great deal of time studying conditions at Hiawatha Golf Course as part of an effort to create a sustainable plan for the course following catastrophic flooding in 2014. 

Conditions related to groundwater are complex, so as work on the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan continues, it’s important to take a step back and review basic facts informing the work of the MPRB and the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan Community Advisory Committee.

The first two components of this series have been sent out, and interested residents can subscribe to the project page to receive future publications in this series.

Due Diligence on Data
Master Planning Process

Lake Hiawatha beach is closed until further notice. 

MPRB regular sampling of bacteria found that E. coli bacteria exceeds state specified guidelines. Lake Nokomis public beaches are open and have acceptable bacteria levels. While there have been no reports of any illness from swimmers at Lake Hiawatha, the MPRB routinely monitors and proactively closes its beaches if bacteria levels exceed state guidelines. In addition to beaches, the MPRB provides park visitors with almost 60 wading pools, a natural swimming pool, a waterpark and an indoor pool. 

This closure is likely due to heavy rains generating significant amounts of stormwater.

Bacteria test results are available at:

The MPRB will re-sample the beach on a regular basis. When the bacteria levels are within state guidelines, the beach will reopen.

Youth Sports

Register your child for fall sports in Minneapolis Parks! Check out the links below to find a league that works for your family:

Flag Football

Ages 9-18, August-October

Leagues offered: 11U, 13U, 15U, 18U

All leagues are Open (no gender requirements)

Tackle Football

Ages 8-14, August-November

Leagues offered: 10U, 11U, 12U, 14U


Ages 9-18, August-October

Leagues offered: 11U, 13U, 15U, 18U

Each age class offers Girls and Open leagues


Ages 9-18, October-December

Leagues offered: 11U, 13U, 15U, 18U
11U and 18U leagues are Open; 13U and 15U age classes offer both Girls and Open leagues

Not into sports? Browse hundreds of activities and classes linked below:


Art, Ceramics, Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music, Pottery and Theater

Computers and Technology

Tech Academy, Film Fanatics, Video Games

Cooking and Nutrition

Baking and Cooking classes

Health and Fitness

Acrobatics, Indoor Playgrounds, Martial Arts,  Open Gyms, Teen and Youth Yoga

Hobbies, Clubs and Games

Archery, Billiards, Board Games, Card Games, Gardening, Movies and more!

Mentoring and Development

Boys and Girls Groups, Homework Help, Youthline Camps

Nature and Environment

Fishing, Junior Naturalist Programs, Nature Nuts Programs, Outdoor Camps


Preschool Programs and Camps

Trips and Tours

Outings are planned to Arcades, Beaches, Movies, Ninja Warrior Courses, Orchards, Pools, Trampoline Parks and more!

Water Recreation

Swimming Lessons and Sailing Lessons

Recreation Fee Assistance

Minneapolis residents who cannot afford instructional fees because of economic need may apply for fee assistance through the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Fee Assistance Program.
Questions? Contact your local recreation center (Recreation Center List) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board information line at 612-230-6400 or

Pilot Bike Skills Park in Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park

As part of new bike programming at the Nokomis Community Center, a temporary bike skills park has been installed on the tennis courts across from the Nokomis Community Center. A permanent bike skills park is  proposed in the initial designs for the Minnehaha Creek Regional Trail Master Plan (see planning section below for more information). If you're curious to see what a skills park would have in it, this is a good opportunity to do so, not to mention a fun detour from a bike adventure on the regional trail system.  

The Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan calls for renovation and resurfacing of the tennis courts when funding allows. 

Planning Projects

Master Planning for Hiawatha Golf Course Property

The Latest:  The next CAC meeting, 6b is scheduled for July 22nd from 6-8pm at the Nokomis Community Center. This meeting continues the CAC’s workshop conversation begun during the June 11th meeting around developing a singular preferred design alternative outline.  Once agreed upon, the outline will be handed off to the project’s design team for refinement.
Here is where the CAC left its preferred design alternative outline:
  • Pollution mitigation, City involved
  • Fence comes down strategically, increase accessibility to park and water
  • Revised/improved clubhouse, with winter activity
  • Balance natural and recreation spaces with appropriate plantings
  • Keep costs low, capital and maintenance
  • Safe walking path around the lake, not necessarily directly adjacent to lake
  • More purposeful interpretation African American and Indigenous  history, art, and culture [unfinished, conversation to be continued]  
All CAC meetings are public and everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks, refreshments, and passive children's activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or to request language, access or interpretation accommodations. 

About this Project:

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 is 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.

Previously, three initial concept alternatives created for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan debuted at the CAC meeting on March 7, 2019. Feedback on the three concepts was collected at the meeting, via online survey and at Focus Sessions held on March 18 and 19. The three concepts and a summary of feedback received is posted on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan project page.

The June 11 CAC meeting was the beginning of a design workshop in which CAC members will decide on an outline for a single preferred design alternative for the golf course property. The CAC will discuss what they like and don’t like about the three concepts, potentially propose ideas that are a combination of any of the concepts, or propose new ideas that fit the project's vision and guiding principles. 

This outline can be rudimentary. It's a set of instructions for the design team to take and refine to create a single preferred design alternative, which will be presented at a later CAC meeting. An additional CAC meeting is being scheduled to continue the conversation begun on June 11th. 

All CAC meetings are public and anyone interested in the creation a long-term plan for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property is welcome to attend. Snacks, refreshments, and passive children's activities are provided. Please contact Cindy Anderson at 612-230-6472 or to request language, access or interpretation accommodations. 

If you have questions or comments about the project can be submitted here:

Previous Action

At the July 25, 2018 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commisioners meeting, commissioners approved a modified Resolution 2018-230 after the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan CAC requested clarification on the parameters of the new master plan for the property.

After a lengthy public testimony period and board debate, commissioners voted 6-2 to approve the modified version of Resolution 2018-230. The modified resolution directs the CAC to only consider a reduced pumping scenario and bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for a golf course on the property.

The modified Resolution 2018-230 also included Board direction to the CAC to reflect in the master plan appropriate methods of recognizing the role of Hiawatha Golf Course and the history of black golfers in the Minneapolis park system.

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

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements

The Latest: No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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. 

This project has received regulatory approval. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have completed review of the Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancements project. SHPO concluded the proposed improvements have no adverse effects to the Grand Rounds Historic District and USACE permitted the project for proposed bank stabilization measures.

Currently the project is out for public bid and construction is expected to begin this summer.

Project Design

The proposed design uses three different planting zones along the shoreline. 

The Emergent Wetland Zone starts at the ordinary high-water level (OHWL) and extends into the lake. Once established, new aquatic plants will reduce wave energy to help reduce erosion. A temporary fence will be installed to help plants establish. 

The Shoreline Buffer Zone lies between the OHWL and wetland boundary. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with shoreline environmental elements.

The Upland Buffer Zone starts at the wetland boundary and extends away from the lake until four feet from the paved trail. It will be planted with a seed mix that's compatible with upland environmental elements. The four-foot strip will be mowed grass. Another temporary fence will also protect new planting areas and connect to the emergent wetland fence.

A variety of access points will still remain so park user can still access the lake.

Questions about this project can be sent to the project manager, Jon Duesman

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Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan

The Latest: 

At our meeting on July 10, 2019, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners approved the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan. The plan will guide development, capital expenditures, rehabilitation and operation of the park over the next 25 years.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park covers 132 acres of beautiful riverfront parkland between Bridge 9 (Dinkytown Greenway bridge) and Minnehaha Regional Park. The master plan document reflects the recommendations of an appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which met eight times between April and December 2019. In addition to the CAC meetings, community engagement tasks that informed the draft Master Plan included:

  • Six community open houses, each attended by approximately 60 people
  • An informal online survey that garnered nearly 1,400 responses
  • Numerous phone calls and emails from community members
  • Dissemination of information in the park and through a regularly updated project website
  • Coordination with neighborhood organizations
  • Providing information at special events such as the Earth Day Clean Up
  • Eight listening sessions
  • A 45-day public comment period from Jan. 25, 2019 to March 10, 2019
  • All 760 comments from the comment period were tabulated and analyzed into themes for consideration by Commissioners
  • A public hearing at the Board of Commissioners meeting on June 26, 2019

The master plan is split into 11 sections and is available on the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan project page, in the right column under "Key Documents."

About this Project:
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.

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Minnehaha Creek Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan

The Latest: The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) held its eighth meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff and the CAC recommended several next steps for the project based on extensive community feedback on the preferred concepts.

Most notably, the project conversation about the parkway road will pause while more traffic data is collected. Here are the five next steps endorsed by the CAC:

  1. Eliminate the proposal to add medians at the parkway intersections with Lyndale Avenue and Nicollet Avenue, which will allow for largely continuous vehicular travel along Minnehaha Creek
  2. Continue to evaluate designs for the Parkway + Portland and Lynnhurst Focus Areas in terms of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety and comfort
  3. Work to implement immediate improvements at the Parkway + Portland Focus Area to the extent possible
  4. Initiate additional traffic data collection and explore piloting solutions at the Parkway + Portland and Lynnhurst Focus Areas
  5. Pause the master plan process to allow time for additional exploration, then reconvene the CAC in September/October
This means there will be no additional CAC meetings scheduled in the immediate future. The MPRB will work with its consulting staff and agency partners to prepare further study this summer. In any case, however, the proposed Nicollet and Lyndale medians are considered off the table. All other project ideas will continue to be discussed.

Discussion of Segments 1, 2 and 3 of the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan, including several revised concepts based on community and CAC feedback, was on the agenda for CAC Meeting #8 on July 9. Those discussions did not take place. MPRB staff will consider reconvening the CAC during the summer to discuss those areas. (The CAC previously reached consensus for Segment 4). The revised concepts (including those for the parkway road) will be uploaded to the project website soon.
The online survey will remain open for the public to provide ongoing feedback on the preferred concepts and new revisions. Please especially let us know what you think of the modifications to Segments 1 and 2 and the Nicollet Hollow Focus Area. If you have already taken the online survey, you may do so again, even from the same computer.
Once more detail is known, MPRB staff will communicate with the community about the ongoing project studies this summer, immediate improvements and possible pilot projects.

About this Project:
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.

Over the winter, the project design team reviewed all feedback received from public meetings, events, and online comments, and created draft concept drawings showing potential improvements along the trail. A published version of the Community Engagement Summary can be found on the project page under "Key Documents."

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has published initial proposed long-term plans for improving and managing Minnehaha Creek and the parkway, parkland and trails adjacent to it between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western Minneapolis border. These initial park design concepts were created after considering thoughts, ideas and opinions compiled throughout last summer and fall from public events, online surveys that garnered hundreds of comments, and discussions with partner organizations, MPRB staff and stakeholders.

Park Design Concepts

The Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan is sorted into four Segments and eight Focus Areas within the segments. One or two preliminary site concepts have been developed for each Focus Area. Each concept contains ideas relating to:

  • Trail and parkway realignment
  • Stormwater infrastructure and potential creek re-meanders
  • Natural resource management areas
  • Creek access points
  • Recreational amenities
  • Precedent (example) images to demonstrate ideas
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Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning

The Latest: Apply to be a community collaborator! The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation seek community collaborator services from businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and cultural organizations to envision and execute engagement projects of their own planning, designed to broaden the way community engages with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan. The Community Collaborator initiative is a paid opportunity for groups across Minneapolis to convene their own conversations about parks and recreation to inform the next 10-years of priorities for the park and recreation system. Proposals will be competitive, and those that are selected will receive funding to implement their idea. Funding will vary from $500-$3000 according to the project idea and proposed budget. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with three rounds of submission and review in August, and December 2019.

About this project:
The current comprehensive plan covered the period of 2007-2020, this plan will provide priorities and policy direction for the park system for the next decade. This press release provides an overview of the value this planning effort provides. There are a number of ways to engage with this project: 

RecQuest Needs Assessment

The Latest: No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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 made recommendations to the board during the month of July: 

The four recommended programming priorities are: 

Active Older Adults
Youth Development
Access to Equitable Athletics
Equitable School-Age Educational Programs

Keep abreast of this effort via RecQuest project page.


Ecological System Plan

The Latest:No new updates at this time.

About this Project:
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.

The draft Ecological System Plan public comment period is underway, ending Sunday, April 1, 2019. This plan was created to set a vision for making more environmentally friendly parks and public land in Minneapolis.

Follow the links below to view and comment on the updated plan. It's also available to view in person along with paper surveys at the following locations: Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center, Kenwood Community Center, Lake Nokomis Community Center, Luxton Recreation Center, Lynnhurst Recreation Center, Mary Merrill MPRB Headquarters, North Commons Recreation Center, Northeast Recreation Center and Powderhorn Recreation Center.

Draft Ecological System Plan

Ch. 1: Introduction

Ch. 2: Water

Ch. 3: Air

Ch. 4: Land

Ch. 5: Life

Ch. 6: Recommendations

Appendix: Maps

Comment on Draft Ecological System Plan

MPRB staff are compiling and analyzing feedback received and will potentially adjust the plan. Then the Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing before considering its approval.

Subscribe to the project page to be notified of upcoming meetings. 



Bossen Field Park

Park Building Upgrades

The existing park building is being renovated thanks to rehabilitation funds allocated through the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20). Building improvements include:

  • Repairs to the damaged building exterior
  • Bathroom upgrades
  • New single-use ADA-compliant bathroom
  • Building lighting upgrades
  • New door security hardware

The water line to the building, which supplies water for the wading pool and bathrooms, has been replaced.

Bossen Wading pool repairs are complete and the pool is open!

Status of other pools is available here:…/water_acti…/wading_pools/

The MPRB appreciates the public’s patience while the second phase of this project is completed.  We ask that you please stay away from areas under construction.

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

Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs

At their October 25, 2018 meeting, the MCWD Board of Managers awarded a construction contract of $163,844 to Sunram Construction, Inc. of Corcoran, MN to complete flood repairs along Minnehaha Creek at 9 sites in Minneapolis. The repair work will begin this fall and is expected to continue through summer 2019.This project is happening in conjunction with the MPRB's Minnehaha Parkway Trail master planning process. Please visit the project page for more information. 

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:



20 Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)

In 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis approved ordinances to reverse years of underfunding in neighborhood parks. The 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20) is a long-term initiative that will transform the neighborhood park system with the following measures:

  • Protect current levels of MPRB funding.
  • Dedicate an additional $11 million annually, through 2036, in NPP20 funds for increased maintenance, rehabilitation and capital investments in neighborhood parks.
  • Allocate NPP20 funds using a data-driven, criteria-based system to help address racial and economic equity.

Phelps Park Improvements

Although construction on a range of improvements at Phelps Park was originally planned to begin in June, the project is currently on hold.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has opted to postpone the construction bidding process for this project and several others until late summer. Under this schedule, construction is planned to begin in the fall, with completion of the project next summer.

As a result, Phelps Park will remain open for the summer. Watch for future announcements as the project proceeds. 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be replacing the playground and wading pool at Phelps Park in 2018/2019! Thank you to all who have participated in the Community input process by sharing your thoughts and opinions on the future of Phelps Park. The schematic drawings reflect the comments and preferences shared by park users and neighbors including the Boys and Girls Club, neighboring childcare centers, neighborhood residents and community organizers.

Final Schematic Design Concept [PDF]

Questions about this project should be directed to the project manager : Kelly Wilcox,

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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 17 years, six of them as a Corporate Accountant and for the past eight 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: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, part of the Outlander Series.  I have a weakness for books that have strong female characters, add in the historical and time traveling components and yeah, can't put these down. Perfect summer escapism for a day at the beach, hammocking, or just relaxing in the bone dissolving heat. 


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. I add 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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