Theodore Wirth Park: Stories of Connection Project


Theodore Wirth Park is among the largest city parks in the U.S., rivaling New York’s Central Park in size. The park was envisioned as a cornerstone of a city united by green space. But despite Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Superintendent Theodore Wirth’s aspirational vision, “Parks for the masses, not the classes,” access to green space has been easier for some Minneapolis residents than others.

The Loppet Foundation’s Stories of Connection Project brings together community groups and others impacted by the life of the park to explore what Theodore Wirth Park means to people from the many different cultures that call Minneapolis home. This includes understanding points of inspiration and connection, as well as challenges faced by historically underrepresented user groups such as residents of BIPOC and lower income neighborhoods bordering the park. This multi-year project will tell these stories through art, media, signage, programming, and events throughout the community with the goal of increasing park usership as more people see their own stories reflected in the identity of Theodore Wirth Park.

The narratives of people and the land are interdependent. Loppet’s Stories of Connection Project cultivates stories of the land and connection to place, deepening relationships between people and parks for generations to come. Your presence in the park today is a part of this legacy.

Interested in sharing your story? Please contact: stories@loppet.org 

 Join us in cultivating & celebrating North Mpls community stories!

Storytelling Event Hosted by Loppet Foundation in partnership with Black Storytellers Alliance 
Sunday March 3rd, 2pm – 5pm @The Trailhead, Theodore Wirth Park
Free Event & Free Food!

  • Storytelling by community leaders including Vusumuzi Zulu, Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, & Anthony Taylor
  • Workshop and share your stories about North Minneapolis, Theodore Wirth Park, and connection to the natural world
  • Family/kid friendly storytelling, nature, and art activities

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