In 1977 after Minneapolis lost 31,000 trees to Dutch Elm Disease, People for Parks was born to help companies and concerned citizens raise the funds to replace those trees. Fast-forward almost 40 years and People for Parks is still going strong, with an expanded membership and mission of improving Minneapolis and its parks.
Today, People for Parks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit citizens group and has raised more than $2 million for projects specifically for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
The organization knows that for many in Minneapolis, the parks hold a special place, especially to those who grew up here.
For many, the Minneapolis parks represent the place where we learned how to throw our first spiral, dribble a ball past a defender, hit our first home run, or score our first goal, point, or touchdown!
People for Parks wants to make those memories a reality for the many kids that use the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Centers with a donation of more than $4,500 in sporting equipment.
The nonprofit donated 62 basketballs (big and small), 111 soccer balls (sizes 1-4), 25 bats, softball and baseballs, and 49 footballs (big and small). The sporting equipment will be distributed by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board over the next couple of weeks.
For more information on People for Parks, please check out their website at www.peopleforparks.net.