Fitness, Art & Outreach

With Fall in the air, check out this link for a sample of our Fitness, Art & Outreach activities as we wrap-up Summer.

fitness.jpgMinnesota’s First Challenge Fitness Course.  We had perfect weather and a great turnout for the fitness2.jpggrand opening of a new fitness challenge course and fully-inclusive adaptive play area at Schaper Park in Golden Valley. This unique facility was the latest in our partnerships with cities to expand service in first tier suburbs. Here’s the standard ribbon-cutting pic with all the appropriate officials - and most important, the kids who couldn’t wait to try out the new challenge course!


art.jpgLayered Lines Gathering Space at Eagle Lake.  Three Rivers recently acknowledged the generosity of Tim Huebsch who donated funds for a new gathering space at “the Point” in Eagle Lake Regional Park on the border of Plymouth and Maple Grove. The piece, named Layered Lines and designed by Twin Cities artist Korrin Lohmann, aims to promote community and gathering.


outreach.jpgCommunity Engagement Update. Be sure to check out this link for an update of our outreach efforts to connect more people of all ages with our parks and trails. So far this year, we have reached nearly 30,000 people through 500+ programs, activities and events focused on 11 first tier communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, Richfield, Robbinsdale and St. Louis Park. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing:outreach2.jpg

  • Parks on the Go van – playground groups, mobile home communities, adult-based programs, community festivals and events, etc.
  • Explorer Camps – Nineteen camps took place in 2017, up from 9 in 2016. The number of participants grew from 75 to 283+ in one year. Senior Explorer Series programs are planned for this fall, as well.
  • Partner Programming – libraries, schools, senior living facilities, race and cultural-based affinity groups, food shelves, watershed districts, etc.
  • Bike Fleet – Three Rivers and partner programming made bike programs and biking lessons available to 1,000 youth and adults.
  • Kids Task Force – Engaged 3rd graders from a Brooklyn Park elementary school in the design process for the new French play area. The same kids will be involved from concept to grand opening and are learning about the many jobs available in Three Rivers.
  • Camping Gear Library – Launched a program to make camping gear, training and education available to groups at no cost. 
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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair