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Minnehaha Academy building heights update

After neighbors, FMR and Sierra Club raised concerns, the Minneapolis city council zoning and planning committee voted to lower the height of Minnehaha Academy's proposed campus expansion on West River Parkway.

The committee's recommendation to reduce the height of the new school buildings from 54 to 46 feet and use bird-safe glass goes before the full council for a vote May 25. >>

May 18

River Heights Park SAVED!

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. >>

May 15

What's your city planning for its riverfront? The river city plans tracker.

Right now all 25 cities and towns within the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area are busy putting the finishing touches on new plans for their local riverfront stretch. As they become available over the next few months, we'll add them here. 

If yours is yet to be released, please check back. Or, contact Irene Jones, ijones@fmr.org, to be notified when it's added to the river city plans tracker.

Save River Heights Park... again.

A picture of River Heights Park

Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is being considered for disposal by the city.

Just eight months ago, FMR teamed up with neighbors to help save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Now the park is on the chopping block once again. And the neighbors and FMR are back in action. >>

April 9

How to get involved with Mississippi River planning

View of downtown Minneapolis from Ole Olson Park

Thanks to the new state rules for the Mississippi River corridor, 25 metro area cities and towns are busy updating their local plans for our treasured national park.

Check out our new river planning resource page, which includes tips for you to get involved and links to all the draft river corridor plans that have been released to the public so far.

March 27

Help us identify the river views we need to protect

Upper Mississippi River from Pine Bend SNA

Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Let's help our cities compile the best list possible!

Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell us about yours or help by contributing a needed photo. >>

December 7

Our thoughts on the proposed new Riverview Corridor line

Riverview Transit Corridor

The Riverview Transit Corridor from downtown St. Paul to the Mall of America.

Ever wondered why you can take a train from the Mall of America to Minneapolis and Minneapolis to St. Paul, but not from St. Paul to the mall? The missing piece of this transit triangle just met an important milestone in it's planning process. Here's what we love — and what we don't — about the plans so far.

November 13

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