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There's still time to weigh in on local river planning

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul.

Several Twin Cities communities have completed their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront, but a number are still seeking public comments in the coming months. Find out where your your community stands.  >>

November 13

Mpls. Park Board & Graco near settlement over East Bank Trail

A map showing the former Scherer Brothers site and the parcel Graco may purchase from the park board.

Pictured is the piece of park board-owned land that Graco may be allowed to purchase. This is part of a pending settlement between Graco and the park board over East Bank Trail land. Source: Minneapolis Park Board

The Minneapolis Park Board and Graco Inc. are nearing a settlement on a long-time lawsuit over the East Bank Trail between Graco and the Mississippi River near Hall's Island.  >>

October 10

New development could radically change downtown St. Paul's riverfront

St. Paul riverfront development proposal rendering

One of AECOM's renderings of four proposed skyscrapers for the former site of West Publishing Co. and the Ramsey County jail in downtown St. Paul. (Alternate AECOM proposals do not include the "mast" on the building on the left or west.) (Image from AECOM)

Massive new skyscrapers towering over the St. Paul riverfront are again on the table. The Ramsey County Board is considering three competing redevelopment proposals for the site formerly occupied by the county jail and West Publishing buildings.  >>

October 8

River Heights Park saved, restoration begins!

Residents and River Guardians helped save this park!

Inver Grove Heights residents, including many FMR River Guardians, helped save this park!

After hearing from dozens of community members (including many FMR River Guardians), the Inver Grove Heights city council unanimously voted to save River Heights Park on Monday, May 14. 

The council had been considering carving up and selling the 7.5-acre undeveloped natural area as three 2.5-acre lots for housing developers. Instead, the city, FMR and neighbors are going to work together to make the park more accessible — adding a park sign and bench, with details to be determined — while keeping it a natural area and restoring important bird habitat. >>

September 19

FMR River Guardians are now 2,000 strong!

River Guardians at the 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up Happy Hour.

River Guardians at the 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up Happy Hour.

Through our River Guardians program, over 2,000 people have spoken with one voice to protect, enhance and restore the Mississippi River and its watershed.  >>

September 18

Several metro cities want to hear from residents about their riverfront

The view from Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park looking towards Hastings to the south.

As summer turns to fall, Twin Cities communities throughout the metro are moving fast to wrap up their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront.

Hastings and St. Paul Park — two cities with an abundance of high quality riverine habitat — are accepting comments through the end of November and December, respectively. Several other cities want public comments submitted before the end of September. >> 

September 6

Renderings of new riverfront concert venue, parks and housing in N Mpls released

A rendering of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Community Performing Arts Center

A rendering of the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Community Performing Arts Center

After more than two and a half years of community engagement, draft plans for the redevelopment of a mile-long riverfront site in North Minneapolis were revealed mid-August. 

The draft calls for a dramatic overhaul of the Upper Harbor Terminal site, aiming to turn the long-closed port into both a regional attraction and a beneficial part of the North Minneapolis community. >>

August 20

West Broadway Open Streets

Friends of the Mississippi River is excited to once again be a part of West Broadway Open Streets in North Minneapolis. Stop by our table!

We'll have information on how local streets connect to the river, ways to be involved in habitat restoration activities at the new riverfront prairie patch at Ole Olson, and, if you'd like, you can sign up to receive emails about opportunities to provide input on local riverfront redevelopment projects. 

Upper Harbor Terminal community input meeting

Join FMR staff at one of the upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal community input meetings. Learn about the draft redevelopment plan, ask questions and provide input.

Meetings are:
• Wednesday, August 15, 11 am-1 pm
• Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.

Attend whichever one works for you. 

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