Common Ground

Water Works in the news

Central Riverfront aerial

Over the weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a nice article on the Central Riverfront Master Plan revision. Reporter Bill McAuliffe – who covers parks, among other beats – lead with our Water Works partnership, writing, “The remains of the long-abandoned Fuji-Ya restaurant will be torn down and the slope beneath it peeled away to make way for a new park featuring unearthed ruins beneath them as part of the latest Mississippi River redevelopment plan.”

McAuliffe’s description sounds cool enough for a reader to comment, “I could see myself taking a date to this park in the future! sounds like it will be a great amenity to the city!”

The article goes to say, “Design for the Water Works project is being paid for and managed by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, which will partner with the city’s Park Board to raise private funds for Central Riverfront projects, said executive director Mary deLaittre. That group is conducting an online survey through Thursday gauging how people use the area and want to see in a park there.” (Yes, another plug for the community input survey … have you put in your two cents?!) It also recognizes that Water Works and the Central Riverfront is only one stop towards the larger RiverFirst transformation.

We couldn’t agree more – thank you, donors and funders!

Commented another reader, “It’s amazing how this area has been transformed over a relatively short period of time. I’m glad private families and investors feel it’s important enough to donate money to help keep projects like this moving forward. Keep up the great work!”

Read the full article and comments here.

Featured image courtesy Minneapolis StarTribune

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