Tips and FAQS
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I want to propose an activity! What support and assistance does Open Field provide?
A. Open Field provides:
• Space on the field to hold creative community-building activities.
• Amenities such as a Thursday night cash bar, picnic tables, and recreational equipment to help make the space more interesting and inviting.
• A friendly and helpful staff to assist with scheduling, answering questions, and facilitating participation during your activity.
• Limited promotional opportunities, such as Open Field blog posts on the Walker’s website and/or documentation assistance with advanced notice. (Note: If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please indicate it in your proposal).
• Limited access to electrical outlets.
• Field Wi-Fi access.
Open Field does not provide:
•Tables (other than picnic tables) or seating; non-recreational equipment.
•Set-up and clean up assistance, or technical support. Please plan to bring friends and family as volunteers to assist you!
•Large-scale promotion of your programming. Plan to promote your activity using social media and word of mouth.
Q. Is amplified sound allowed?
A. No. With respect for our neighbors and City of Minneapolis regulations, amplified sound is not allowed on Open Field. Acoustic and other unplugged sound-making, however, are encouraged.
Q. Will I be able to distribute promotional materials (coupons, swag, etc.) during my activity?
A. No. In keeping with Open Field’s sharing and bartering spirit, commercial promotional materials have no place on the field.
Q. When are the best times for scheduling my activity?
A. Most activities will be scheduled for Thursday evenings and Saturday daytime hours.
Q. How do I create successful programming?
•Promote your activity (see below for more information)
•Plan your event to be flexible and accommodate the size of any group, large or small
•Engage participants in an interactive way
•Create activities that can be enjoyable for all ages and abilities
Promoting Your Activity:
Your event is shared on the Open Field calendar, but you should plan on promoting your event to your own network in order to ensure attendance. We suggest that you
•Utilize social media (Tweet about your program, make a Facebook event).
•Write personal emails invitations (follow up with a reminder the day before the event).
•Make fliers and pass them out at work and to your neighbors (a week ahead is usually best), or place them on community bulletin boards.
•Find groups that would be interested in the content of your activity (a store, an online discussion board, an organization).
•Make a personal phone call, or have an in-person conversation about your program.
To direct people to the Open Field website, use this link: