Gray to green

Green Minneapolis launched The Commons, an exciting place to connect with community. In the park’s opening years, we set a high standard of care for the new park and made it a destination with free activities, from games and reading carts to concerts and movies.

On April 1, 2020, ongoing care and management of the park transitioned to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Green Minneapolis has been excited to see The Commons truly become your downtown oasis.

Click here to be redirected to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website for current park information, programming schedules and event rental applications.

capital Campaign

Uniting public and private sector funding, vision and leadership, Green Minneapolis successfully fundraised $14 million to fund construction of The Commons and an operating reserve. The new gathering space catalyzed the transformation of East Town, triggering substantial residential and commercial development throughout the neighborhood.

daily care

Compelling and welcoming spaces require the highest level of care. In the park’s opening years, Green Minneapolis maintained the new park to world-class standards, managing a robust maintenance program to tend the park’s three lawns, hundreds of trees and thousands of plants. Park hosts provided hospitality services and ensured the space was litter-free.


Green Minneapolis hosted over 150 events at The Commons in the park’s first three years. Through free and engaging public programs – from a weekly farmers market and monthly outdoor movie series, to a community concert by the world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra – we created community at The Commons.

Recognizing our donors

City of Minneapolis • Wells Fargo Foundation • Wilf Family & Minnesota Vikings • Ryan Companies • Target • Xcel Energy • Invesco Real Estate • The Excelsior Group • The Sherwin-Williams Company • U.S. Bank • The Pohlad Family Foundation • Julia W. Dayton • Polaris Industries Inc. • Carlson Family Foundation • Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. • Land O’Lakes, Inc. • Piper Jaffray Companies • The Phillips Family • David A. Wilson and Michael J. Peterman • The Toro Company • Heartland Realty Investors • Jay Cowles and Page Knudsen Cowles • Opus Foundation • Veit & Company, Inc • Provident Real Estate Ventures LLC • Century Link  James M. Stanton  Jan and Ellen Breyer