Project Location

26th Avenue North terminus at the west bank of the Mississippi River

Project Manager

Andy Schilling
Phone: 612-230-6466

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Current Phase: Construction Contract Awarded
Anticipated Construction Time Frame: Spring/Summer 2020

26th Ave North Overlook Update: Migrating bird assessment completed

Expert concludes project “will likely have little, if any, measurable impact on migrating birds”

Great Northern Greenway Overlook design will open North Minneapolis to the river through a dynamic new RiverFirst park feature

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shared the updated vision for the Great Northern Greenway Overlook, which will link North Minneapolis to the Mississippi River through an iconic new park destination. Along with the announcement, the Parks Foundation has extended an invitation to the public to participate in the RiverFirst […]

Bank of America invests $1 million in RiverFirst

  The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded the Minneapolis Parks Foundation a $1 million Anchor grant for its RiverFirst Capital Campaign to catalyze new park and community investments along a revitalized Upper Mississippi Riverfront. Bank of America’s grant positions the Parks Foundation to complete its $17.9 million campaign for transformative parks; it also brings the RiverFirst Campaign to […]

Project Milestones

  • Spring/Summer 2020 – Anticipated construction
  • January 2020 – Construction contract awarded
  • July/August 2019 – Project bidding
  • August 2018 – Project design initiated
  • July 2018 – Design team Request for Proposals issued


The overlooks location at the eastern end of 26th Ave N makes it a natural pivot point bringing parks users and bike commuters from North and Northeast Minneapolis across the city and into Downtown.

In addition, the site’s location on the Mississippi River offers an opportunity to create a new riverfront amenity in North Minneapolis. By locating the new park at this juncture, the overlook will eventually extend the existing Ole Olson Park north and creates a staged reconnection of Farview Park to the river.

With the recent completion of the City of Minneapolis 26th Avenue North Greenway from Theodore Wirth Regional Park to the river, the overlook area is better connected to the North Minneapolis neighborhoods.  The next step in development is to create a destination with the overlook and enhanced plantings and amenities for people to enjoy.  Eventually MPRB plans to develop the riverfront trail extending upward from Ole Olson Park; the overlook will eventually sit at a crossroad of important trail connections.

Funding Sources and Park History

MPRB is partnering with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) which supports park projects with philanthropic donations.  In 2015 MPRB and MPF agreed to partner on the first RiverFirst projects, Water Works Mezzanine Phase and the 26th Avenue North Overlook.  The overlook is currently being funded through private donations.