Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Riverside Park Tour

Display Date: 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: 
Riverside Park, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis

Many people from the neighborhood and from throughout the Mississippi River Gorge have contributed their time and talents to help restore this historic park and improve local water quality and wildlife habitat.

Whether recent immigrants or longtime residents, students or restoration professionals, individuals, families or small groups — many people from the neighborhood and from throughout the Mississippi River Gorge have contributed their time and talents to help restore this community gem.

Come learn about these efforts and enjoy a September afternoon walk in Minneapolis's oldest riverfront park! Ecologist Carolyn Carr will cover park history, ecology and the role of volunteers in its restoration. FMR Program Assistant Katie Clower will explain how this restoration work improves water quality in the river and its watershed, and compare old and new stormwater management practices in the Mississippi River Gorge. Participants will also learn about the joint FMR-Cedar Riverside Youth Council restoration, stewardship and water-quality work this year, sponsored by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. There will be Somali translation as well.

Riverside Park, located on the west-bank bluffs of the Mississippi River just north of I-94, appears at first glance to be a quiet, typical neighborhood park. Given a closer look, though, the park reveals complex layers of historical and natural interest. The 40-acre park is actually one of the oldest in the city. It is located on two levels, with the steep, wooded river bluff and its WPA-era stone stairs and walls separating the upper and lower areas.

In 2010, FMR partnered with the West Bank Community Coalition and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to begin the ecological restoration of special places within the park. Carolyn developed the restoration plan for the park and has led over a dozen volunteer and education events at the site. In spring and summer 2012, FMR partnered with the Cedar Riverside Youth Council, engaging additional youth and connecting with a broader community of people about the project. Katie has been working with youth from the CRYC. who wanted to aid in its restoration. Learn about and enjoy their efforts in this limited-capacity tour. 

Ready to register?

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required. To sign up, simply contact FMR's Katie Clower at kclower[@]fmr.org, or by selecting "Katie Clower" from the drop-down "Category" menu of our contact form. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email and additional details, such as directions and what to wear, from kclower[@]fmr.org within, at most, a week.

Please add Katie's email to your address book to ensure receipt if you have an active spam filter or an earthlink email. 

Partners: 
Thank you program partners MillerCoors River Network, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, National Park Service, Cedar Riverside Youth Council and West Bank Community Coalition!