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USA Today Readers Vote Water Works a 2021 “Top New Attraction”

Water Works Park and Pavilion has been named one of the nation’s “Best New Attractions” by readers of USA Today. We’re grateful to all of you – supporters, donors, partners, and friends – who joined us in supporting the most exciting new park in Minneapolis. Thanks to your votes, Water Works made the top 10 from a shortlist of 20 nationally significant destinations and experiences selected by a panel of USA Today experts and editors.

Water Works brings significant new historic, cultural, and recreational amenities to one of the most visited and iconic areas in Minneapolis. The new park amenities were made possible by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s $18.1 million RiverFirst Capital Campaign and our partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

“Water Works has been a wonderful success so far and I’m pleased to see so many people out enjoying the new riverfront space,” says Al Bangoura, Minneapolis Parks Superintendent. “I’d like to thank the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and its supporters, who appreciate the shared benefit of thoughtfully designed riverfront parks.”

“Water Works is located at one of the most culturally and spiritually significant locations on the Mississippi River and the design honors our region’s history and our promise,” adds Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. “This recognition is shared with countless people who helped bring the site into reality. I hope everyone who visits Minneapolis has a chance to visit and connect to the stories Water Works has to offer and gains a deeper connection to the people who live here.”

Discover the park’s range of visitor amenities – including the groundbreaking Owamni by The Sioux Chef restaurant – by visiting the Minneapolis Park Board’s Water Works Park and Water Works Pavilion pages on their website.

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