Project Location

Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park
103 Portland Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Project Manager

Tyler Pederson

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Language Resources

Correo Electró

Key Documents

Approved Master Plan [PDF]


Current Phase: Planning
Construction: TBD

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Project History

March - May 2015

  • The Met Council will review and approve the Master Plan

March 18, 2015

  • Master Plan Presentation to the Full Board

March 4, 2015

  • Master Plan Presentation to the Planning Committee and Public Hearing
    • Resolution 2015-144: Resolution to Approve the Master Plan for Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park and to Suspend Board Naming Policy and Authorize Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park to be Renamed St. Anthony Falls Regional Park

December 17, 2014

  • CAC Findings
  • CAC Chair Ted Tucker presents CAC findings to Board

December 3, 2014

  • 45-Day Comment Period
  • MPRB approval of the Opening of a 45-day Comment Period starting December 4, 2014 and ending January 18, 2015

October 9, 2014

  • Public Open House #4 - Public presentation of final recommendations

October 7, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #12 - CAC to agree on recommendations

August 26, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #11, part 2 - Programming (East Bank)

July 8, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #11 - (Programming West Bank)

June 17, 2014

  • (Canceled) CAC Meeting #1 - Programming

June 3, 2014

  • Optional CAC/TAC Meeting - Reviewing the West Bank Interpretive Plan

May 6, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #10 - Vision, Guiding Principles and Developing the Master Plan’s Program Matrix

March 25, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #9

March 18, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #8 - Focusing on Water Works

February 27, 2014

  • Charrette Public Meeting

February 26, 2014

  • Charrette Public Meeting

February 13, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #7/Public Open House #3 - Focusing on Water Works

January 29, 2014

  • CAC Meeting #6

January 23, 2014

  • Charrette Public Meeting

January 22, 2014

  • Charrette Public Meeting

January 14, 2014

  • CAC Visioning Workshop #5

December 19, 2013

  • CAC Meeting #4

December 11, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting

December 10, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting

November 14, 2013

  • Public Open House #2

November 13, 2013

  • CAC Meeting #3

November 7, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting

November 6, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting

October 22, 2013

  • CAC Meeting #2

October 19, 2013

  • Planning - Mill City Farmers Marketing Booth

October 8, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting - Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Public Input meeting
  • Charrette Public Meeting - Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Public Input meeting

October 7, 2013

  • Charrette Public Meeting - Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan, Public Input meeting

September 24, 2013

  • Public Open House #1

September 23, 2013

  • CAC Meeting #1

July 10, 2013

July 8, 2013

April 17, 2013


  • The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is partnering with MPRB to continue design exploration at the Water Works site as part of the MPRB-led planning process for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park

September 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

  • Planning - North Loop Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

June 19, 2012

  • Planning - Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

May 31, 2012

  • Planning - Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership "Riverfront Revealed" Forum

May 23, 2012

  • Planning - St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization

April 23, 2012

  • Planning - Joint meeting of Nicollet Island East Bank and St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organizations

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Community Engagement

An appointed Community Advisory Committee [PDF] will help to guide the park planning throughout the process. The Community Advisory Committee Composition Charge [PDF] was approved by the Park Board on March 6, 2013.

CAC member comments on Draft Master Plan Recommendations (Due 6/30/14):

The Community Engagement Plan [PDF] was presented to the Park Board on February 20, 2013.
Individuals are encouraged to submit their comments throughout the master plan process. View and fill out a comment card.

Past Meetings and Open Houses

October 9, 2014Open House #4 Summary

October 7, 2014CAC Meeting #12 Summary

July 8, 2014CAC Meeting #11 Summary

May 6, 2014CAC Meeting #10 Summary

March 25, 2014CAC Meeting #9 Summary

March 18, 2014CAC / TAC Meeting #8 Summary

February 13, 2014CAC Meeting #7 / Open House #3 Summary

January 29, 2014CAC Meeting #6 Summary

January 14, 2014CAC Meeting #5 Summary

December 19, 2013CAC Meeting #4 Summary

November 14, 2013Open House #2 Summary

November 13, 2013 - CAC Meeting #3 Summary

October 22, 2013 - CAC Meeting #2 Summary

September 24, 2013Open House #1 Summary

September 23, 2013CAC Meeting #1 Summary

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The Regional Park plan area includes portions of many neighborhoods and regulatory jurisdictions, as well as park land on both sides of the river between the Plymouth Avenue bridge and the I-35 W bridge. Parks within the Regional Park include Boom Island, BF Nelson, Nicollet Island, Main Street, Father Hennepin Bluffs, Lucy Wilder Morris, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins, West River Parkway, and First Bridge Park. Water Power Park is within the Regional Park but is privately owned by Xcel Energy.

This project intersects two other Water Works planning study currently underway.

The 1972 Mississippi/Minneapolis plan is considered the "cornerstone" plan that inspired riverfront revitalization in Minneapolis in the decades since the plan was produced

Master Plan Overview

The Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan is a comprehensive document that includes background information on the park and specific, implementable recommendations for ongoing improvement and management. On December 17, 2014, MPRB Planning staff and CAC Chair, Ted Tucker presented an overview of the Draft Master Plan to the MPRB Commissioners. The main recommendations, or Formative Moves, of the plan include:

  • Expand the regional park boundary at Bassett Creek and realign the parkway to create larger riverfront park space.
    • An expanded park allows the parking lot to be moved farther from the slope to help restore the bluff and incorporate Best Management Practices to capture stormwater runoff.
    • More room would be available for restoration and flexible open space along the riverfront.
    • Realigning the Plymouth Avenue and West River Parkway intersection would improve safety sightlines and wayfinding.
    • An expanded West River Parkway street section would accommodate a median/pedestrian refuge for the Eighth Avenue North Connector to the North Loop.
    • Connect Eighth Avenue North to the River.
  • Expand the regional park boundary toward Hennepin Avenue and the Postal Service building in an area referred to as The Gateway.
    • The Post Office parking ramp is a visual and physical barrier for park and open space connections between downtown and the riverfront.
    • The Gateway is the prime location for central downtown connections and is currently underutilized. This will provide the critical link to connect Nicollet Mall to the riverfront.
    • Expansion of the Gateway area enhances physical and visual access to the riverfront, West River Parkway, and First Bridge Park.
  • Provide visitor services in the Mill Ruins area by collaborating with partner agencies to create a visitor’s center on the St. Anthony Falls lock and dam structure.
    • There is no better location to view the Falls than the CMRRP lock and dam, and with the potential closure of the lock, the site and the current building—which is already outfitted with interpretive displays—provides a ready setting for expanded visitorship and orientation to the CMRRP.
    • This is the visitor gateway on the west bank, where culture, history, and recreation converge.
    • Construct vertical link with visitor services at First Street South near the Third Avenue Bridge.
  • Expand the Regional Park Boundary to Bridge No. 9.
    • Allows all recommended trails to be within the regional park boundary.
    • Creates seamless connection between CMRRP and Gorge Regional Parks.
  • Promote open public use of the Nicollet Island Pavilion and Park.
    • Short-term: Current building is under lease through 2026. During this time the pavilion may be adapted to better serve public access needs to the south tip of the island during private events.
    • Long-term: Consider establishing a partnership with a new enterprise to provide public programming for seasonal or year-round use.
  • Complete a continuous bicycle and pedestrian trail system on both sides of the river.
    • A continuous trail system would help provide connections, wayfinding, and, in general, orientation to the regional park for visitors.
    • Key sections of trail are missing and should be finished to offer a continuous pedestrian- and bicycle-focused trail experience along the entirety of the Saint Anthony Falls riverfront.
  • Re-establish historic East Falls.
    • This initiative is consistent with the East Bank Interpretive Plan and Saint Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines.
    • Re-establish the falls so that a natural gravity flow is evident.
    • There is an opportunity to reveal and interpret history and draw more people to the Phillip Pillsbury Park, Father Hennepin Bluffs, and the Hennepin Island area.
  • Incorporate green infrastructure into new design initiatives.
    • Improve water quality in the river and protect wildlife habitat.
    • Partnering opportunities and a variety of funding sources are available.
    • Expand opportunities for pairing design with green infrastructure function to enhance the experience of the regional park.
    • Reduce maintenance costs over the long-term.