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RiverFirst is a 20-year vision for Mississippi riverfront parks that builds on our community's rich river heritage and passion for parks, nature and wildlife to create places on "America’s fourth coast" where neighborhoods and businesses can grow and people from near and far can experience one of the four great rivers of the world through world-class recreational and cultural activities.

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View the RiverFirst Scherer Park and Hall's Island 3D Fly Through Animation located on the Mississippi River at 8th Ave NE/Plymouth Avenue Bridge.


Project Phase

Schematic Design for several priority projects was completed in May 2013. View presentations and project summaries below:

Current Activity




5/1-2/2013 Planning - Discussion Item presented to the Park Board on May 1
- Schematic Design projects slideshow
- Schematic Design presentation boards
3/26/2013 Planning Project update to the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee
1/15-16/2013 Planning

- Project update to Park Board, RiverFirst Steering Committee and open house attendees.
- Please go to for more information regarding Hall's Island as well as regulatory and elected contacts.
- Update on Funding Strategy research in-progress
- Design Team visit #4 and working meetings
Hall's Island Permitting Fact Sheet
- Scherer/Hall's Ecology Fact Sheet
- To view comments, or to leave a comment
- Contacts for letters about Hall's Island

11/30/2012 Planning Information packet from meeting with regulatory agencies regarding RiverFirst proposal for Scherer Bros. site.
11/29/2012 Planning Design team visit #3 and working meetings
10/11/2012 Planning Design team visit #2 and working meetings
8/28/2012 Planning Design team visit #1 and working meetings
8/1/2012 Planning Park Board Authorizes Professional Services Agreements for Schematic Design of RiverFirst Priority Projects



Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to redefine “City of Lakes” with RiverFirst



Approval of final report and authorization of next steps



Conduct a 45-day public comment period – Page 3, Item 9.1



Amend design consultant contract– Page 3, Item 4.4



Retain Project Manager – Page 3, Item 4.1



Retain design consultant – Page 3, 4.2

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In the News

Plan Underway to Revamp North Minneapolis Riverfront KSTP

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Contact Information

Cliff Swenson, Director, Design and Project Management, MPRB Planning at or 612-230-6473 or

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Community Engagement

Click here to read the Community Engagement Plan for work related to RiverFirst projects currently in Schematic Design phase.

Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MR|DI)

In the spring of 2011, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board established the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MRDI) as a special project to transform the winning proposal from the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition to a visionary plan and implementation strategy for development of parks and open space along the Minneapolis upper riverfront. The RiverFirst design team refined the vision through extensive community engagement, gathering input from the public and three stakeholder committees: Steering, Technical and Advisory.

Additional MRDI/RiverFirst engagement in 2011 included the following:

  • Six large, scheduled public meetings were held;
  • The design team and MRDI representatives met with over 100 individuals and half as many organizations in key communities and areas of relevant expertise;
  • A community input survey taken by more than 600 people;
  • Promotion and participation occurred in more than 30 community events throughout Minneapolis;
  • Three additional public meetings held in association with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership;
  • More than 40 presentations and meetings were held with neighborhood associations, community‐based non‐profit organizations, agencies and other stakeholder groups;
  • Seven paid, part‐time and full‐time “youth ambassador” interns represented the MRDI at more than 35 community event; and
  • The debut of "River Is," a figurative gathering of people's thoughts about the Mississippi today and for the future.

MR|DI Community Engagement

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