Address

420 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6400
Emailinfo@minneapolisparks.org

Park Hours

6 am-midnight

Features & Amenities

  • Biking Path
  • Picnic Area
  • Walking Path

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Good to Know

Park Projects

See what's currently in the works for this park. Some projects may be under the name of the regional park or service area it lives within. View Current Projects

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Park Details

Size: 5.61 acres

Neighborhood: Nicollet Island-East Bank and Marcy Holmes

Service AreaNortheast/Southeast

Commissioner District: 1

Historic Main Street is located between the Hennepin Avenue bridge and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the East side of the Mississippi River. The area was originally part of the town of St. Anthony before it merged with Minneapolis.

Rental & Permits

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]

History

Name: The name is descriptive. The street was the original Main Street of the town of St. Anthony. 

Acquisition and Development

The street and the adjacent river bank were turned over to the park board by the city in

1979 at the same time that the park board acquired its first land on Nicollet Island. The acquisitions were part of a plan developed in 1977 for the central riverfront by the Riverfront Development Coordinating Board, a joint effort of the park board, the city council and the Minneapolis Community Development Agency. The historic street linked Father Hennepin Bluff Park downstream with the developments planned for Nicollet Island and Boom Island farther upstream.

Main Street was linked to Nicollet Island in 1987 when Hennepin County floated a span of the Broadway Avenue Bridge, which was being replaced, downriver to connect Merriam Street on Nicollet Island to Main Street.

The entrance to Water Power Park, which provides access to the edge of St. Anthony Falls, is located off Main Street.

History through 2008 written by David C. Smith, with updates from 2009 to present written by MPRB.