Address

204 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6400
Email: info@minneapolisparks.org

Park Hours

6 am-midnight

Features & Amenities

  • Biking Path

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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: 1.4 acres

Neighborhood: Marcy Holmes

Service Area: Northeast

Commissioner District: 1

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.

Rentals & Permits

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

Outdoor Weddings: Make your outdoor ceremony unique and memorable. View wedding permit details. Wedding Ceremony Application [PDF]

History

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.

Development

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.