Last week to comment on draft of Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan!

Less than a week remains to comment on a draft of the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan!

The Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan creates a new long-term vision for 132 acres of beautiful riverfront parkland between Bridge 9 (Dinkytown Greenway bridge) and Minnehaha Regional Park. The five-mile long landscape was split into several framework areas linked together by linear trails, parkways and swaths of green space and river bluff edges.

The master plan is split into eight sections, which are linked below. It’s also available on the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan project page, in the right column under “Draft Documents.”

Ch. 1: Introduction Ch. 5: Vision and Guiding Principles
Ch. 2: Park Conditions Ch. 6: Master Plan Recommendations
Ch. 3: Visitor Demand Ch. 7: Implementation
Ch. 4: Public Engagement Ch. 8: References and Appendix


Paper copies of the plan and written comment cards are available at Mary Merrill MPRB Headquarters and six recreation centers near Mississippi Gorge Regional Park: Brackett, Coyle, Hiawatha School, Longfellow, Luxton and Matthews.

The draft plan linked above opened for a 45-day public comment period on Jan. 25, 2019 after more than a year of in-depth community engagement and design work. The comment period closes Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Community Engagement

The plan was shaped through months of in-depth community engagement that included hosting and attending numerous public meetings, open houses and focus groups, online and in-person surveys, feedback from technical and project advisory committees, and eight Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings. The CAC was comprised of 21 members of the public appointed by MPRB staff and commissioners, City Council Members, local neighborhood associations and the University of Minnesota Student Government.

The park concepts linked above are also available on the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan project page under “Key Documents” in the right column.

Next Steps

After the 45-day comment period closes, the design team will again consider comments from all stakeholders and potentially make more adjustments. Then, over the spring, the final plan will be sent to the Board of Commissioners for a final public hearing and vote on its final approval. Please continue to share your thoughts on the park plans in these final stages of public comment.

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