December 10, 2017 08:37 AM
With the Super Bowl and Final Four coming to Minneapolis, the attention won't just be on the games.
Many communities and organizations are receiving grant money to make improvements.
This week the NCAA announced that North Commons Park in north Minneapolis will be the site of the next Legacy Restoration Project after considering many parks throughout the city.
On Saturday, Thomas Barker took time to teach boxing to young kids at the North Commons Park.
"All we need to do is keep our kids engaged," Barker, north Minneapolis resident, said.
Next door in the gym, Paula Spearman set up for her kid's birthday party, and she says the place offers a lot to her children.
"It makes it convenient, gives my kids somewhere to go to stay out of trouble," she said. "They're not just roaming the streets. They're here doing something constructive with themselves."
On Friday, the NCAA announced they're paying for new outdoor basketball courts for North Commons, as well as a number of beautification projects around the park and the community center.
"I think North Commons, they need it, they need a lot more different things to bring to the youth," Barker said.
During the 52 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the Legacy Fund is also giving away 52 grants to different organizations spreading out $4 million across the state.
"Especially for this part of the city, because there's always a bad light on this side of the city but to highlight it for what it's good for, and the good that it does, is huge," Spearman said.
North Commons is more than a community center for many of these kids. While the Super Bowl and Final Four will bring great exposure to the city, it's money going into places like the community center that allow others to shine.
"The spotlight is being able to share these experiences with the kids, that's the real spotlight," Barker said.
A dedication ceremony for the park will be held during the week of the Final Four in 2019. For more information on who's receiving all the grants for the Super Bowl Legacy Fund, visit this link.
Updated: December 10, 2017 08:37 AM
Created: December 09, 2017 04:47 PM
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