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There's still time to weigh in on local river planning

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul

View of the High Bridge from Cherokee Park in St. Paul.

Several Twin Cities communities have completed their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront, but a number are still seeking public comments in the coming months. Find out where your your community stands.  >>

November 13

River Heights Park saved, restoration begins!

Residents and River Guardians helped save this park!

Inver Grove Heights residents, including many FMR River Guardians, helped save this park!

After hearing from dozens of community members (including many FMR River Guardians), the Inver Grove Heights city council unanimously voted to save River Heights Park on Monday, May 14. 

The council had been considering carving up and selling the 7.5-acre undeveloped natural area as three 2.5-acre lots for housing developers. Instead, the city, FMR and neighbors are going to work together to make the park more accessible — adding a park sign and bench, with details to be determined — while keeping it a natural area and restoring important bird habitat. >>

September 19

Several metro cities want to hear from residents about their riverfront

The view from Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park looking towards Hastings to the south.

As summer turns to fall, Twin Cities communities throughout the metro are moving fast to wrap up their draft plans for land use and development along their local riverfront.

Hastings and St. Paul Park — two cities with an abundance of high quality riverine habitat — are accepting comments through the end of November and December, respectively. Several other cities want public comments submitted before the end of September. >> 

September 6

West Broadway Open Streets

Friends of the Mississippi River is excited to once again be a part of West Broadway Open Streets in North Minneapolis. Stop by our table!

We'll have information on how local streets connect to the river, ways to be involved in habitat restoration activities at the new riverfront prairie patch at Ole Olson, and, if you'd like, you can sign up to receive emails about opportunities to provide input on local riverfront redevelopment projects. 

Upper Harbor Terminal community input meeting

Join FMR staff at one of the upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal community input meetings. Learn about the draft redevelopment plan, ask questions and provide input.

Meetings are:
• Wednesday, August 15, 11 am-1 pm
• Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.

Attend whichever one works for you. 

Upper Harbor Terminal community input meeting

Join FMR staff at one of the upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal community input meetings. Learn about the draft redevelopment plan, ask questions and provide input.

Meetings are:
• Wednesday, August 15, 11 am-1 pm
• Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.

Attend whichever one works for you. 

Upper Harbor Terminal community input meeting

Join FMR staff at one of the upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal community input meetings. Learn about the draft redevelopment plan, ask questions and provide input.

Meetings are:
• Wednesday, August 15, 11 am-1 pm
• Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.

Attend whichever one works for you. 

Protect river corridor parks and scenic Mpls views

Minneapolis is wrapping up its 2040 comprehensive plan, including new plans for the city's river corridor. 

While the plan contains some good information, some very important river resources were not included in the city's draft list of what needs to be preserved or protected. Important views in the river gorge are missing as are views from future parks in North Minneapolis. Land downstream of the Stone Arch Bridge that is needed to complete the regional park and trails is slated for development up to 20 stories tall!

July 17

State approves $15 million for big N Mpls. river project

The 2018 Minnesota legislative session resulted in very good news for a 48-acre riverfront site in North Minneapolis known as the Upper Harbor Terminal. An influx of $15 million state dollars will help kickstart its redevelopment into housing, offices, stores, restaurants, an amphitheater, parks and trails. >>

June 5

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