Support Minneapolis parks by volunteering your time or making a donation.


Each year, volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to MPRB programs. Volunteers make a vital difference to people, parks and our community. We provide all necessary training.

Visit one of the pages below to learn more about current and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Recreation Volunteers
Coach youth sports or serve as instructors for classes offered in neighborhood parks.

Garden Volunteers
One-time and ongoing opportunities to help with gardening, landscaping and invasive species removal projects.

Group Volunteer Projects
Groups ranging in size from 5 to 50 can assist with a variety of outdoor projects during non-snow months.

Ambassador Volunteers
Be out in the parks, providing visitors with info about park programs, services and amenities.

Special Events Volunteers
Community events such as fun runs, neighborhood festivals, holiday parties, Earth Day, or the Minneapolis Bike Tour.



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Advisory Board Commission Appointments

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners appoints community members to five ongoing advisory board commission appointments within Minneapolis. Members of these committees advise park Board Commissioners and other agencies on a wide variety of subjects by making recommendation on important policy matters. For more information about the committees and to apply, please visit the Advisory Board Commission Appointments page


Help support Minneapolis parks, trails, gardens and programs with an individual donation or an endowment.

Memorials and Tributes

Our Memorials & Tributes program offers you a way to commemorate significant people and note-worthy events with a tribute tree or bench.

If you have questions about your existing memorial/tribute bench or tree, call 612-499-3003 or email

Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Minneapolis Parks Foundation

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation transforms human lives through parks and public spaces by aligning philanthropic investment and community vision. The Parks Foundation co-leads the RiverFirst Initiative with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and is responsible for private fundraising and implementation of the Water Works and Great Northern Greenway River Link projects. The Parks Foundation also supports innovative Minneapolis parks projects through equity funding and champions world-class design through its Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series. Learn more at


People For Parks

People For Parks is an independent non-profit organization that enables park users and citizens to contribute to improvement of the Minneapolis Park System.

Giving options include:

  • Individual donations
  • Memorial pavers and benches at Lake Harriet
  • Planned giving such as wills and bequests, and support from community foundations