Wednesday, August 6, 2014
My former co-worker and friend, Erin and I often take walks together since we both work at the University of Minnesota. Fun fact: Erin has the exact same job I held from 2002-2006. We catch up on all of the people we know in common while exploring all that has changed around campus which is a lot. I'm glad she was up for a journey to Van Cleve Park on this lovely August afternoon.
Friday, July 25, 2014
For my lunch break, I walked to Marcy Park from Mayo Memorial Building on the University of Minnesota campus. Like most of my walks, this one ended up being more about the journey than the destination. While it is a lovely playground and I'm so happy it exists for the families in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood, it doesn't have many unique attributes as far as Minneapolis parks are concerned. Mapping out this walk did help me realize that Van Cleve Park should be my next work park walk.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
My Minneapolis parks challenge is already helping me change up my walk routines. I have been to Pearl Park a few times for a Zumba class but I've never walked there from my home. Located in the Page neighborhood, Pearl Park is one of the more active parks I've been to in Minneapolis. There was an adult kettle bell class in session outside the rec center when we arrived, lots of kids playing in the pool and on the playground equipment, martial arts in the gym, and several soccer games.
This park was definitely energizing and I plan on making this a more regular walking route since I can walk along Minnehaha Creek under I-35 and then cut over to the park by walking by some pretty Page homes.
Monday, June 16, 2014
I miss many aspects of my former blog, Minneapolis 81 but what I miss most is that the project led me to parts of the city I hadn't explored. To get a bit of that back, I've decided to visit all of the parks listed on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website. For two years in a row, Minneapolis has been rated #1 by the Trust for Public Land. This is my way of celebrating and supporting one of the top things I love about living and working in the City of Lakes.
East River Flats Park is steps away from my office. Some U of M employees know it simply as a cheap place to park. However, it's also a great place to take a walk or bring your lunch. Down by the Mississippi River, what this park lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in large open, green space for games or gatherings.
The University of Minnesota Boathouse is located here and if you arrive at the right time, you'll catch the rowing team practice. I love the building design and wish I could work there! Just look at the patio!
Have you been to East River Flats Park?
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