The RiverFirst Design Team’s most recent visit to Minneapolis included a lengthy and intensive discussion with staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – St. Paul District. The particular focus of their meeting was Hall’s Island, a key feature of our Scherer Park Priority Project.
The presentation below includes some very exciting new renderings of Hall’s Island, adapted by the Design Team in response to DNR, USACE and other input. In 1966, the island channel was filled in; restoring it would make way for a beach and much-needed habitat.
Unfortunately, the fate of Hall’s Island is uncertain. To some, re-establishing Hall’s Island is akin a cabin owner filling a natural lakeshore to create a private beach, and therefore shouldn’t be granted an exception to the state regulation against creating “upland” in protected waters.
We see it as a Regional and National Park amenity that will become home to native plants, animals and aquatic species, as well as a restorative natural destination for thousands of residents and visitors in the heart of the city.
We’re wondering: How do you see it? Take a look at the presentation and share your comments below.
Hall’s Island Biodiversity Concept Diagram: Create unique habitat zones along ecologically impoverished stretch of the Mississippi River. TLS/KVA