Pratt ice cream social (ICS)
Date & Time: (normally held: first Friday after Memorial Day in May, 5:30 - 8:30pm)
Location: Pratt School and Tower Hill Park
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we prudently cancelled the 2020, 2021 and 2022 events. The last one was held in 2019. In 2023 Prospect Park Association (PPA) and Friends of Tower Hill Park began working with the City of Minneapolis to reopen the Witches Hat Water Tower to visitors. First, the City engineer has to evaluate the Tower and make repairs if needed, because the Tower hasn’t been open for several years.
Interested in volunteering to plan and carry out a Prospect Park Ice Cream Social in 2024?
Attend an information session on Monday, September 25th, 2023 at 6:30pm at Prospect Park United Methodist Church. It's been several years since Prospect Park Association and Pratt PTO worked together to host the annual Pratt Ice Cream Social and things have changed. At the info session you’ll learn what’s changed and what resources are available for a 2024 Ice Cream Social. Hope to see you there! Thanks for your interest. Organization and staffing of the Ice Cream Social has always been on a volunteer basis.
The Pratt Ice Cream Social was a fundraising event for Pratt Elementary School PTO, organized jointly by PPA and Pratt PTO.
Previous Ice Cream Socials
Since the early 1970s, the Pratt Ice Cream Social Fundraiser is one of the most anticipated events of the year! This event is sponsored and co-organized by the Pratt Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) with the Prospect Park Association in order to raise funds for Pratt Community School and PPA. What draws people in from throughout the Twin Cities, though, is that the Witch's Hat Water Tower is open! To manage the crowds waiting to ascend the tower, we use a fixed number of circulating passcards so that only 80 people can be in the tower at any given time. Organization and staffing of the event is on a volunteer basis.
What to Expect at the 2019 Ice Cream Social
A large community presence is a big part of what makes this event special, as well as:
- Ice Cream (of course)
- Live music and entertainment
- A large silent auction, fundraiser for the Pratt
- Plant Sale
- Carnival Games
- Community information tables
Many Thanks To our 2019 Supporters and partners!
- Pratt Parent-Teacher Organization
- Minneapolis Tap
- Metro Petro
- U-Garden Restaurant
- The Ebenezer Society — The Pillars of Prospect Park
- Prospect Park Garden Club
- Malcolm Yards Market
- Spire Credit Union
- The neighbors of Prospect Park