Great Northern Greenway River Link

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The Great Northern Greenway River Link has emerged as a vital connection from Minneapolis’s Northside to the Mississippi River. Stemming from the only protected off-street walking and biking trail across I-94 in North Minneapolis, the River Link will create the first opportunity in nearly a generation for this under-resourced neighborhood to connect with one of our state’s most important natural resources.

RiverFirst Signature Project

Overlook is Now Under Construction – Anticipated Completion Spring 2021

The Great Northern Greenway River Link will be located at the east end of 26th Ave N where the City of Minneapolis recently completed an off-street bike and pedestrian trail that connects the Grand Rounds at Theodore Wirth Regional Park with the Mississippi River through the heart of North Minneapolis.

The first phase of the project, called the Overlook, includes shoreline enhancements and opportunities for visitors to discover the Mississippi River as a sensory experience. Overlook features include an oval loop trail perched on the river’s edge, creating inspiring views and a sense of being connected to the river; an original youth-designed interpretive railing by Juxtaposition Arts depicting a history of the Upper Riverfront, from pre-settlement to its imagined future; and a structural feature to help distinguish the site from the neighborhood.

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The broader vision for the River Link includes connections to downtown Minneapolis and West River Road walking and biking trails, together with new parks stretching north and south from the Overlook along the riverfront. Once complete, the full River Link will unite downtown to North Minneapolis along the river, open up a new 40-mile trail loop in Minneapolis, and eventually reach to Northeast across the river to nearly complete Great Northern Greenway trails in Northeast Minneapolis.

Anticipated Key Dates & Milestones

2020 – Overlook phase construction
2021-2022 – Overlook grand opening commemoration; Trail link planning and implementation

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