Three more days to add your comment on Water Works

March 28, 2012 by Janette Law

The public comment period on the Water Works conceptual development plan is still underway.

You have three more days – through March 31, 2012 – to tell us and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board what you think, what you hope for and anything else you’d like us to know.

>Find the public comment link on the MPRB’s Water Works project page or our Water Works project page.

To those who have already commented and those who soon will: Thank you!

One Response to Three more days to add your comment on Water Works

  1. Lee-Hoon Benson says:

    The Water Works development plans are exciting and I support them. When built, Water Works park would add to the vitality of Minneapolis’ historic gateway and milling district.

    But the project plans are missing an important element of the riverfront’s recent history. They do not reflect any acknowledgment of Reiko Weston’s contributions to that specific site. Weston was a Japanese American businesswoman who ran an acclaimed restaurant there (the original Fuji-Ya) until the late 1980’s. She was tenacious in her belief that the riverfront was the most suitable locale for her eatery which was much loved by the public. Over the years, Weston overcame repeated bureaucratic barriers to her business success. But following the actions of the Minneapolis Park Board in exerting its eminent domain authority, Weston eventually gave up and closed her restaurant. She died in 1988.

    The developers of Water Works park should recognize Reiko Weston’s role on the riverfront. By failing to include plans to recognize and honor Weston, the developers are depriving visitors and residents a complete historical account of the cultural forces and personalities that shaped the riverfront. At a minimum, there should be sign boards about Reiko and her restaurant. It is only right to pay homage to Reiko Weston and her foresight that reviving the riverfront is critical to the cultural life of Minneapolis.

    I urge any party to the Water Works project to act immediately to correct this unfortunate oversight and give proper recognition to Reiko Weston. Thank you.

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