Hopkins Community Outreach

field_kids.pngThree Rivers has significantly expanded our exceptional recreation and environmental education programs into first tier communities. This is very important for children and seniors in communities like Hopkins, Richfield, Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Center, who have traditionally had less access to our great facilities and services. As Board Chair, I have championed creative local partnerships to significantly improve access to our parks, trails and programs. As examples in the City of Hopkins:

  • Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park works with Hopkins Community Education - specifically with their SMARTS program. The SMARTS program is a targeted learning program to provide additional instruction for students needing support in reading, writing and math with the objective of eliminating the achievement gap for students of color.  Lowry staff spends time in the school with SMARTS students throughout the year, and then host an open house event at the nature center with students and families. This fall, we begin the third year of this fabulous program.
  • Our Silverwood staff regularly provides outreach programs at the Hopkins library for teens, including art and nature education topics. We’re always looking for ways to reach this age group, and this has been a good initiative we hope to expand in other areas.
  • Senior Explorer Camps have been offered at the Hopkins Activity Center for the past three years, including three days of outdoor activities this past summer. Other communities are now being considered for similar programs.
  • We’ve been regulars at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and again in 2018. 
  • Hopkins serves as a trail hub for the southwest metro area, so we were at the Hopkins Kick-Off/Bike to Work Day at out jointly run Hopkins Depot in 2017 and 2018, and we previously conducted regional trail pop-up engagements on Hopkins trails in 2014 and 2015.
  • We also brought our Parks on the Go van to the Hopkins/Minnetonka Summer Playgrounds Celebration in 2016, and participated in the Supervalu Health Fair in 2015 and 2017, and Cargill Earthday Showcase in spring 2017.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair