World's Largest Swimming Lesson


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JOIN US for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson! Friday, JUNE 24th at noon!

Join the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Abbey’s Hope on June 24th in the pool! Thousands of kids and families around the world will be participating in this event to help raise awareness about the importance of swim lessons. Last year was a record-breaking event and we hope this year will be the same! Help us spread the word on the importance of learning to swim!

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Check-in starts at noon & lesson beginning at 12:15 P.M.

North Commons Water Park—1701 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411

This event is free and is a very basic 30-minute lesson that teaches about entering and exiting the water safely, breathing in the water, floating and kicking. All skill levels are welcome. However, if your child is under the age of 8, an adult must accompany the child in the water.

All participants in the lesson also receive free admission to enjoy the park for the rest of the day, plus a free ice cream treat generously donated from BLUE MOO Ice Cream!

See you in the pool on June 24th!

Questions or interested in volunteering at this event? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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9th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament and Party

A day of fun.  A very serious cause.
Register today for the 9th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament & Party held at Braemar Golf Course in Edina, MN. 
The event kicks off with lunch and foursome check in at 11am followed by a noon shotgun start on Braemar Golf Course. At 5pm we will savor a delicious smorgasbord of foods, wines and beers from some of the Twin Cities’ most recognized restaurants. Enjoy a great evening under the tent and stay and bid on our fabulous live and silent auction items, for the guys, the gals and the whole family!
Tee signage, mention of website and social media, inclusion in the event program, lunch and 18 holes of golf followed by the evening festivities for four players.
FOURSOME: $1,500
Enjoy lunch and 18 holes of golf, followed by the evening festivities for four players. 
Don’t feel left out just because you don’t golf. Starting at 5pm, join us for delicious food, great entertainment and stories from your favorite golfers.
Come dressed to impress! This year, we are bringing back the best-dressed contest; so start planning your outfits now!  

Hope to see you on the 12th!

Register Today!

Additional Sponsorships available- email Sam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips