Project Location

Above the Falls Regional Park
East and West banks of the Mississippi River between Plymouth Avenue North & Camden Bridges

Project Manager

Tyler Pederson

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents

Master Plan Draft [PDF]

Executive Summary Draft [PDF]


Current Phase: Planning

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Project History

December 12, 2014

June 19, 2013

  • Planning - DRAFT Regional Park plan available for public review and comment. Park Board authorizes start of 45-day comment period, to be followed by a public hearing

April 11, 2013

  • Planning - Workshop with students of Community Renewal through Innovative Building (CRIB)

March 9, 2013

  • Planning - Presentation to Lao Assistance Center

February 27, 2013

  • Planning - Presentation to the Victory Neighborhood Association

February 25, 2013

  • Planning - Presentation to the African American Leadership Council

December 10, 2012

  • CAC Meeting #3

October 16, 2012

  • CAC Meeting #2 - discussion of the draft recommendations for land use guidance and future

June 26, 2012

  • CAC Meeting #1
  • ATF master plan kick-off informational meeting

June 6, 2012

March 21, 2012

March 14, 2012


  • Implementation - construction of new parks and parkway roads completed for Above the Falls Phase One - West Bank


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Community Engagement

In March 2012, the Park Board was presented with a Community Engagement Plan for the ATF master plan process. The plan recognizes the long-standing Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee (AFCAC) as the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the ATF master plan update process.

Several public meetings were held 2012 and 2013 to provide community members with information about the plan and the process, and to provide opportunities for dialogue and comment. Individuals were encouraged to submit their comments throughout the master plan process.

We are also partnering with the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support to conduct an Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment. We are interested in how proposed changes to this area might affect you or your family's health and well being. The public was encouraged to participate in the online HIA survey. In July, 2013, the City of Minneapolis Health Department published a summary of the Above the Falls Health Impact Assessment.

A draft of the Regional Park plan was made available for public review and comment in June 2013. The Final Master Plan will be brought before both the Park Board and the City Council for approval at the conclusion of this community engagement process.

Past Meetings

December 10, 2012 - CAC Meeting #3 Meeting Summary

October 16, 2012 - CAC Meeting #2 Meeting Summary

June 26, 2012 - CAC Meeting #1 Meeting Summary

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Ongoing Work

  • Since 2010, city staff have been working on the ATF Policy Review and Implementation Study (PRIS) to explore policy and regulatory strategies for providing existing property owners clearer expectations about the phasing of long-range land use transitions and to analyze potential impacts of the ATF land use guidance related to the extent and phasing of the transition from industrial to nonindustrial development


  • The Park Board and the City of Minneapolis jointly engaged in an effort to update the plan entitled Above the Falls: A Master Plan for the Upper River in Minneapolis
  • The plan update included recommendations for land-use policy, park development, phasing, implementation strategies and environmental stewardship within the Above the Falls plan area


  • The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board jointly approved a far-reaching vision for the City's upper Mississippi riverfront, entitled Above the Falls: A Master Plan for the Upper River in Minneapolis
  • The plan called for continuous park frontage along both sides of the river, new residential neighborhoods, and job growth along with a reduced industrial footprint
  • Since the plan’s adoption, significant implementation steps have been achieved, including park and trail expansion, renovation of the Grain Belt complex, and establishment of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
  • The plan also established the Above the Falls Regional Park:
    • The regional park extends along the riverfront from Plymouth Avenue north to the Camden Bridge. This regional park is recognized by the Metropolitan Council, allowing the Park Board access to vital state and regional funding sources. Consistent with MN Statute 473.313 the Metropolitan Council requires a master plan to be developed and updated regularly for each regional park, park reserve, trail and special recreation feature

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