First Tier Suburb Outreach

08252011_CritNKid1.jpgThree Rivers is significantly expanding our outreach to residents in first tier suburbs! We are partnering with others to provide complementary outdoor education and recreation programs for those with less access to our facilities.

Some specific examples: we are partnering with communities this Summer to provide affordable and fun outdoor, nature-focused experiences through new Explorer Camps. Our new Parks on the Go van has already visited 209 community events this year, and many more are planned. A new Bike Fleet program will provide bikes, bicycle education and ride-alongs for adults and kids at 40 events this year. Park Partners is building partnerships with cities, schools and others to provide outdoor recreation and education experiences.

A few community highlights: in Brooklyn Center, we are teaming with the city and school district through our Park Partners nature-center1.jpgprogram to offer day camps and rec programs in community facilities, and nature programs from Eastman Nature Center in libraries. In Brooklyn Park, city day camps, Explorer Camps and other nature-based programs will be offered at Zane Community Center, preschools, and assisted living facilities.

Explorer Camps will serve Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley residents, nature program visits will be made to assisted living facilities, and park playground visits provided through partnerships with cities, schools and nonprofit organizations like Campfire MN and Resource Inc. Our Parks on the Go van will be visiting all first tier community events, like Crystal Frolics, Duk Duk Daze, Whiz Bang Days and Valley Days.

north-miss-summer-kids.jpgSimilar programs will be offered to St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Edina, Richfield and Bloomington (East) residents of all ages through city and nonprofit partnerships, such as collaborations that link Hopkins schools with our Lowry Nature Center, East Bloomington residents with our Richardson Nature Center, and Parks Partners initiatives that will provide bike safety, fishing and paddling programs in Richfield.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair