Water Works

Water Works: A Gateway Park to the Mississippi River from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo.

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A RiverFirst Signature Park

Water Works is a Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board-owned site located on the Mississippi River above its only true waterfall  – St. Anthony Falls. This powerful natural force is where Minneapolis was established and, for over a century, the milling industry flourished. It is also situated on the edge of downtown Minneapolis within both a growing mixed-use neighborhood and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage District.

Part of the future park will be incorporated into Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, which is already rich in natural features rare in such an urban setting. The Regional Park draws 1.6 million visitors a year to experience the waterfall and explore built features such as the elegant Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, the Mill City Museum and Lock and Dam.

Within this context, Water Works contains a world of possibility. As a year-round, multi-use park, Water Works will have programming and parks-supportive amenities that enhance the Central Mississippi Riverfront experience. Water Works will also establish a signature park destination for the whole family that exemplifies the city’s unique history and culture, as well as the value of “Next Generation” urban design.

Water Works is a RiverFirst Priority Project. It is also concurrent with the Minneapolis Park Board’s revision of the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan; designers on these projects will work collaboratively.

Project Leadership
Minneapolis Parks Foundation in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Water Works Design Team
SCAPE is a New York City-based landscape architecture firm co-founded by Kate Orff, who is also Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and co-author of Petrochemical America (Aperture Foundation 2012). The firm has completed projects in Brooklyn, NY, Greenville, SC, and Dublin, Ireland. Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, also based in New York City, has extensive experience in the public realm, with contributions to significant public space projects in New York, Washington D.C., and Oklahoma City, OK. James Lima Planning + Design is a strategic planning and development advisory firm to both the public and private sectors. Minneapolis-based SRF Consulting is an engineering, planning and design firm.

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