Minnesota: Parks for the People

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Minnesota: Parks for the People


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Minneapolis is considered one of America’s great green cities, and it is easy to see why with its tree-lined parkways, publicly owned lake shores and vibrant neighborhood parks.
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Video Format: Standard
Run Time: Approx. 1 hour


But it hasn’t always been this way. See what the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area looked like when it was first being developed compared to today, and find out what it took to create the one-of-a-kind system that now boasts hundreds of parks in Minnesota: Parks for the People, which previously aired on public television.

With a landscape that includes the beautiful Minnehaha Falls, Lake Como, the Chain of Lakes, and the Mississippi river, Minneapolis and St. Paul always possessed remarkable natural features. But there were also few trees and places to enjoy the natural beauty back in the late 1800’s. Find out what it took to turn tall grass prairies of Minneapolis and Saint Paul into a bevy of leafy havens.

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  • Previously aired on public television
  • Meet the people behind the Twin Cities’ unique parks systems and see vintage film of parks and playgrounds from the 1800’s to today
  • How did prairie transform into city and then into leafy community parks?
  • Watch how Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s lakes change from winter to summer recreation in a few short months
  • Visit Oxford Field, which helped produce Minnesota professional baseball players Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer