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Riverfront regional park plan roundup

Four youth sit on a large log on the river floodplain

Students participate in a water sampling project at Crosby Farm, a beloved St. Paul park. The draft master plan for this park proposes to improve access while maintaining its undeveloped feel.

FMR has been participating in the master planning processes for Above the Falls, Mississippi Gorge and Hidden Falls Crosby Farm regional parks in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here's a roundup of the draft plans, FMR's comments on these plans and opportunities for future public participation. >>

FMR opposes Upper Harbor Terminal plan, calls for more community engagement

The Upper Harbor Terminal in North Minneapolis

This city-owned barge terminal in North Minneapolis closed in 2014. On February 19, a city council committee voted to approve a plan that lays out its future, impacting not only this 1 mile stretch of riverfront but the larger Northside community. Amendments to the approved plan promise the process will involve the community. (Photo by Tom Reiter for FMR.)

The Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal site is key to improving the North Minneapolis riverfront. Done correctly, the redevelopment of this city-owned site can better connect residents with the river and be a model of sustainability and community wealth-building. So why would the city let private companies take the lead and reap the majority of benefits?   >>

February 19

Action Alert: Deny the Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan [CLOSED]

The City of Minneapolis is moving quickly to advance the proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan along 1 mile of riverfront in Northside Minneapolis. The plan allows private interests to take the lead and reap the majority of benefits from this publicly-owned property.

Minneapolis residents, join us in telling your city council representative and Mayor Frey that we can do better before the council's committee meeting on February 19. >>

January 15

Help shape beloved riverfront parks: Mississippi Gorge and Hidden Falls, Crosby Farm

Lake Street Bridge from the Mississippi Gorge

A key theme of the Mississippi Gorge plan update will be to preserve the natural character and tranquil setting along the river's edge. Natural surface trails in the floodplain may get improvements, but they will continue to be for pedestrian traffic only. (Photo by Lyndon Torstenson for MNRRA)

Master plans for three treasured regional parks in the heart of the urban Twin Cities are getting updated this year — the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park in Minneapolis, Hidden Falls Regional Park and Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul. In late January and early February, community members will have an opportunity to see the plans and to weigh in.  >>

January 7

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

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. 

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