Riverside Park Restoration and Tending [FULL!]

Submitted by srich on Fri, Apr 12 - 10:45 AM

Riverside Park restorers in action!

Join the Mississippi River Gorge Stewards at Riverside Park, a significant riverfront, community park in Minneapolis's Cedar-Riverside and Seward neighborhoods.

This event has reached capacity and registration is no longer being taken. Please consider signing up for the Indian Mounds Park restoration June 8th or another FMR volunteer event>! -------- Working alongside FMR ecologist Joe Walton and Youth & Community Engagement Coordinator Katie Clower, volunteers will help improve local wildlife habitat and watershed health, removing invasive species (most likely herbaceous plants, as opposed to woody trees or bushes such as buckthorn) and possibly assisting with watering and other restoration and tending tasks. The range of activities will be suitable for adults and for youth and everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and ability level.

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. 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. 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.

Since Riverside Park became the newest site in the River Gorge Stewards program, volunteers have helped remove invasive species then replant areas with native grasses, flowers and small shrubs. Although this event is just two hours in length, volunteers can rest assured their work is part of a larger, long-term restoration and will continue to be built upon. Photos from previous Riverside Park events are available at FMR's Flickr site, including the last native planting here in October 2010, plus pictures from invasive species removals from October 2011, May 2011 and May 2010.


Ready to register?

Sorry, this event has reached capacity and registration is no longer being taken. If you would like to be notified of future Riverside Park and other restoration and education events in the Mississippi River Gorge, contact FMR Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator sue rich at srich@fmr.org, or sign up for our twice-a-month e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages, by entering your email in the periwinkle box at right.