In 1856 the City of Minneapolis was incorporated. Citizen Edward Murphy donated land for a park, now known as Murphy Square. Citizens vote and the Board of Park Commissioners (BPC) is established. The 12 commissioners appointed by the Legislature elect Charles Loring, a miller, as the BPC’s first president. Horace Cleveland, noted landscape architect, recommends a system of parks and parkways that focus on natural features. The BPC acquires 80 acres of parkland. James J. Hill completes construction of the Stone Arch Bridge and the rest is history.
Today, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is an independently elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for governing, maintaining, and developing the Minneapolis Park System. The 6,790-acre system consists of local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries, lakes, and a 55-mile parkway system. The community structures, walkways, bike paths, parks, and recreational centers were built in Minnesota for the community.
Because the professionals at CPC 2.0 understand the dynamics race and poverty have on a community’s ability to access parks and recreational activities we are committed to ensuring that the community has the information it needs when it comes to being a voice at the table when decisions are being made about their community.
People of color need to be able to participate in recreational activities designed to alleviate the diathesis of stress and allow them room to demonstrate, play, celebrate, gather, learn, teach, grow and relax.
The goal of our physical health program is to ensure the community has access to information and access to space so they can demonstrate, play, celebrate, gather, learn, teach, grow and relax.
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