Hall Island (North of Boom Island Park)
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Current Phase: Soil Investigation and Permitting
A 30‐day review and comment period for the Scherer Site and Hall's Island Reconstruction project Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) began Feb. 20, 2017 and terminated March 22, 2017. A total of ten written comments were received during the public comment period: three from the public, six from government agencies, and one from a special interest group.
Please read the EAW Record of Decision and Findings of Fact [PDF] for a summary of these comments and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board responses.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will accept written comments on Environmental Assessment Worksheet until Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Donation will benefit Water Works, Hall's Island and critical trail link and pier at 26th Avenue N
September 2, 2015
Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Tom Leader Studios to provide design, engineering, and construction administrative services for phase one development of Hall's Island and the park proposed for the former Scherer Brothers site
August 20, 2014
Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Barr Engineering to provide professional consulting services for the environmental review and permitting process associated with the development and construction of Hall's Island
August 3, 2011
July 22, 2011
May 26, 2010
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March 31, 2010
December 30, 2009
December 16, 2009
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The environmental assessment of the property, as well as the proposed action plan and other documents are available for review online or at MPRB Headquarters by contacting the Project Manager.
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Plans are in place to develop riverfront property that we purchased in 2010 for $7.7 million, formerly owned by Scherer Brother’s Lumber Company, into parkland. In order to prepare the site for future development some site remediation work is expected. The new park and recreated Hall’s Island would provide access to the river for paddlers and other users within a context of habitat and restored ecological function for this site. The vision includes a habitat-rich island of nearly 4.4 acres, a pebble beach, boat rental and storage for paddlers, a park-supportive cafe pavilion, and terraced gathering spaces to be programmed throughout the seasons. This project is part of the RiverFirst Initiative which envisions creating visionary parks on the Mississippi Riverfront.
By the early 1900s visionary Park Board leaders had acquired most of the east and west riverfront of the river stretching from St. Paul to St. Anthony Falls for public parkland. Since 1993 we have led the charge to expand parkland to provide a connection from the downtown area north of the Falls area.
The property is 10 acres along the East bank of the Mississippi River, South of Plymouth Avenue and bounded by 10th and 8th avenues and Sibley Street.
The financing plan was unanimously approved by the MPRB Board of Commissioners at its May 19 meeting.
The land is being financed through $5.3 million from the Legacy Act’s Parks and Trails Fund, $1.7 million from the Regional Park Acquisition Opportunity Fund, and $700,000 from 35W bridge condemnation funds from parkland purchased for the new 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis.
The land fits into our Above the Falls Master Plan, a long-range plan to develop the land along the Mississippi River in the Central Minneapolis Riverfront area as a regional park. It also compliments the Park Board’s Comprehensive Plan visions to create parkland that “endures and captivates, shapes city character and meets diverse community needs.”