2420 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Name: The name comes from the park’s location alongside the river, but also from the Edgewater Inn, which occupied the site for many years.
Acquisition and Development
The land for the park was purchased for about $300,000 in 1993 after the Edgewater Inn closed. The Edgewater Inn had been a well-known riverside supper club that had featured musical entertainment by the Edgewater Eight since the 1960s. The money to purchase the land was provided by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources, which allocated state proceeds from the Minnesota Lottery.
A master plan for the property was developed with neighborhood input in the late 1990s. The plan was partially funded by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The park was developed as part of the Above the Falls Master Plan, which established the goal of acquiring and developing as parks portions of the Mississippi River banks upstream from St. Anthony Falls as land became available.
Most of the work to develop the park, including an overlook of the river, was completed in 2006 and the park was dedicated in April 2007.
Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.