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August 28, 2018, Tuesday - Summer Work Night at Ole Olson Park

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Road N

Summer Work Night at Ole Olson Park

Ole Olson Park in north Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but Friends of the Mississippi River wants it to be recognized for even more. Join FMR as they return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. This summer work night will help further the long-term transformation and commitment at this site and to the river.

Although a small urban site, Ole Olson is a surprisingly diverse landscape, including riverfront shoreline, woodland terrace and grassland slopes. While the Minneapolis park Board has been working to restore and stabilize the shoreline and slopes, much of the park is home to Russian thistle and other invasive plants and weeds. Working with the Park Board and relying on local volunteer power, we look forward to transforming the park into an oasis of habitat and respite — returning willows to the shoreline, wildflowers to the slopes and majestic oaks to the terraces – and keeping it that way. As always, all are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required. FMR will provide any tools and training needed.

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number along with the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.)