Hall’s Island construction closes section of Mississippi East Bank Trail beginning November 6

Trail will close for up to eight months between Boom Island and Sheridan Memorial Park for Hall’s Island project

Mississippi East Bank Trail closes between Boom Island Park and Sheridan Memorial Park beginning Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The five-block closure is expected to last into next summer. It is necessary to facilitate the reconstruction of Hall’s Island. See below for more information on that project.

Trail users will be detoured along Marshall Street NE between 8th Avenue and 13th Avenue. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board appreciates the public’s patience while work is performed.

Restoration of Hall’s Island along Northeast Minneapolis riverfront begins in November

Construction begins soon on a project that will restore Hall’s Island along the Northeast Minneapolis riverfront. Work will be based out of the Scherer site, an 11-acre piece of land directly north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge that was purchased by the MPRB in 2010.

Restoring Hall’s Island will be an important milestone in the long-term vision laid out for Upper Riverfront in RiverFirst and Above the Falls Master Plan. These plans call for the incremental transformation of more than 11 miles of largely inaccessible shoreline degraded through decades of industrial use into an ecologically valuable network of parkland and trails. 

Work to construct the island will include expanding the existing shoreline into the river and carving out a back channel through the Scherer site to form the island. This phase of the project is expected to last up to eight months. The island will remain off-limits to humans when work finishes next summer to allow habitat to establish.

Once restored, Hall’s Island will stretch from the northern edge of the Scherer site, extend south underneath the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and include the Boom Island Lighthouse at its southern tip. It will feature a sandy habitat beach (off-limits to people), rock ledges, basking logs, shrubs, plants, trees and prairie grasses.

The open water back channel will range from approximately 120 to 150 feet wide, with an average depth of approximately six feet during normal flow conditions. Materials placed in the back channel will provide high-quality habitat for native mussels.

Future phases of park development will include two pedestrian bridges connecting to the island from the Scherer site and a third bridge connecting to Boom Island Park, an elevated boardwalk on the island with observation platforms, and expanded riverfront trails across the mainland.