April 3, 2023, marks the 140th anniversary of the Minneapolis Park Board. To commemorate, we’re launching a new storytelling initiative and year-long project called 140 Years: Our Parks, Our Stories.
We are collecting personal stories of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff, park users, and community members from across Minneapolis parks to build a community archive. Everyone is encouraged to share their story of a memory, person, place, event, or experience to help us shape the next chapter and legacy of the MPRB.
Share Your Story
- Submit your story using an online form
- Email a story and related photographs to [email protected]. You can also email that account to ask for additional translation services.
- Participate in upcoming storytelling programs this summer. More information coming soon on those events.
Submitted stories will be archived and may be featured on MPRB social media with your consent.
The MPRB will periodically publish stories from its own staff and archives in addition to stories collected from the community.
The first two stories feature Reggie Jarrett, an MPRB parkkeeper for the last 30 years who has a special connection to Fairview Park; and Alice Dietz, an early recreation professional who oversaw a vast expansion in recreation opportunities in Minneapolis parks during her 40-year career spanning 1916-1957.