204 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
6 am-midnight in developed areas
6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas
The park offers visitors a flashback to early riverfront life. Panels located throughout the park tell stories of flour mills, saw mills and one of the country’s first hydroelectric plants. Electricity has been generated at the site for more than 120 years.
As a provision of re-licensing the St. Anthony Falls Hydroelectric Project, Xcel Energy developed a recreation resource management plan that included the new park. Owned by Xcel Energy, Water Power Park is managed by the Park Board.
Name and derivation: The park is named for its location on and adjacent to the walkways of the Xcel Energy electricity-generating plant powered by the east channel of the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls.
The park was developed by Xcel in conjunction with the park board. Xcel owns the land but operation and some maintenance are performed by the park board. Interpretive information on the river and the power plant was developed by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. The park opened in June 2007. The park is only open from March to October.
Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.