Project Location

Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park

East and West banks of the Mississippi River between Plymouth Avenue North & 35W bridges
Father Hennepin Bluff Park

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Project Manager

Kelly Wilcox
Phone: 612-499-9214

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Language Resources

Correo Electró


Current Phase: Pre-Design
Construction Timeframe: August – December 2019

Five events planned over next 10 days to gather input on upcoming improvements at Father Hennepin Bluff Park

Public meetings include unique opportunity to learn Indigenous history at Native American Listening Session

New project will improve conditions at Father Hennepin Bluff Park

$1 million project aims to improve park circulation and connections to surrounding neighborhood

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park (Excerpt from Central Mississippi Riverfront Master Plan, 2016)

Project background and fundingFather Hennepin Bluffs Park lies on the upland por­tion of the park and Hennepin Island spans the portion of the park down the bluff along the wooded river floor. Because of the topographic change, these two adjacent parks have their own unique character and program­ming function The goal for Father Hennepin Bluffs […]

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Upcoming Meetings

STUDENT INPUT MEETING Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 pm First Congregational Church | 500 8th Avenue SE
Saturday, January 26, 1 – 3 pm @ Pillsbury A Mill, 315 SE Main St.

The event is intended to broaden our definition of history and reconnect with nature.  We will discuss impact history has had on the site and the importance of creating park spaces that sustainable and preserve our natural history and landscape.  It will be conducted in partnership with Healing Place Collaborative, an Indigenous-led group of artists, educators, researchers and activists.

We will have a water bar similar to the Hiawatha meeting.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:30 pm Pillsbury A-Mill | 315 Main Street SE
Saturday, February 2, 10 – 11 am Pillsbury A Mill | 315 SE Main Street
Saturday, February 2, 11 am – 12 pm Pillsbury A Mill | 315 SE Main Street

Father Hennepin Bluff Park History

In 2016 the MPRB approved the Central Riverfront Master plan. The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide guidance on the redevelopment and enhancement of existing facilities and resources thatendeavors to create: ‘a regional park that will connect people to the Mississippi River, restore and enhance natural resources, reveal and interpret past and present nature and culture, engage visitors and adapt to changing social, economic and ecological realities.’ MPRB and Metropolitan Council have dedicated $1M to phase 1 improvements and rehabilitation for Hennepin Bluff Park. Phase 1 will be dedicated to improvements that were identified in the master plan for the upper portion of Father Hennepin Bluff Park.