RiverFIRST Update

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board may soon begin transforming the city’s industry-heavy Upper Riverfront from inhospitable to inviting, thanks to destination parks and trails that reconnect residents and visitors with one of the three great rivers of the world and “America’s fourth coast.” The prospect is envisaged in RiverFIRST: A Park Design Proposal and Implementation Framework for the Minneapolis Upper Riverfront, a plan for 5.5 miles of riverfront with the potential to create the largest expanse of new public and green space since the Minneapolis Parks system was first created over 100 years ago. On February 15, at the Board’s 5:00 p.m. meeting, Park Board Planning Services staff will recommend to the Board’s Planning Committee that the RiverFIRST plan be formally adopted. The recommendation is being made as part of a proposed resolution that will move RiverFIRST into a 2012 planning and design phase for projects to be built beginning in 2013. Following the Planning Committee’s review and feedback on the RiverFIRST resolution, Park Board Commissioners will vote on adoption at the 5:00 p.m. Board meeting on Wednesday, March 14.

The RiverFIRST resolution and supporting documents are available online at http://MinneapolisParks.org and http://MinneapolisRiverfrontDevelopmentInitiative.com.

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