Final roof deck courtesy of MPLS Parks Foundation

Park Commissioners of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted 7-1 last Wednesday to approve a concept design of a nearly $27 million overhaul of the downtown Minneapolis riverfront. The project is called Water Works, it would be built on the current Mill Ruins Park and will stretch between Portland Avenue South and the Third Avenue Bridge”.

(Walking distance from the Portland Tower!)

The project would capitalize on the rising popularity of the area with “a massive makeover to expose historic ruins, add visitor infrastructure and forge stronger connections to the Mississippi River.”  (The Journal)

1st Phase (expected to be complete in 2019)

Plans for phase one of the Water Works project include adding a visitor pavilion with concessions, a patio, restrooms and an outfitting shop. It would also include a “new mezzanine lawn, play spaces and outdoor classrooms that could host visitors.”

2nd Phase (expected to be complete in 2023)

Plans for phase two deal with uncovering historic mill infrastructure, adding a skim pond and overhaul the riverside of the park.

… So many new developments happening downtown right now!

Click here to watch “Water Works: A Gateway Park to the Mississippi River” from the Minneapolis Parks Foundation


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