NEWS > Finance Strategy initial findings

This slideshow previews the potential public-private funding strategies for RiverFirst. Included are demographic maps of the RiverFirst area, key themes for implementation, findings about perception and approach to implementation, and broad Priority Project funding projections.
Donjeck Inc. completed the Finance Strategy analysis and recommendations and …

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VIDEO > 3D animated Hall’s Island and riverfront park experience

This animated future “day in the park” helps you imagine the very special connection to the Mississippi River that Scherer and Hall’s Island will provide: Recreation and amenities together with new habitat, all with the city skyline in view.  Thank you, Tom Leader Studio!
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2013 Executive Summary > Where are we going, and how are we going to pay for it?

If you’re following RiverFirst design or looking forward to our forthcoming Finance Strategy, you’ll appreciate this Executive Summary presentation.
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Commissioners heard, Wednesday, May 1, a summary of progress from the RiverFirst Design Team and the RiverFirst Initiative, who have completed …

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NEWS > Chris Bentley takes a look at our “River Town” in the Architect’s Newspaper

Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture gave this evocative quote to Chris Bentley for the Architect’s Newspaper:
“Sometimes I think of our design process as stripping away the thin industrial layer that covers the site to reveal the river as it actually is,” said …

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News Release > May 2, Minneapolis Parks shares next steps on six R1 Priority Projects

Thursday, May 2, 2013
11 AM – 12:00 PM Community Open House
6 – 8:00 PM Public Meeting: Presentations begin at 6:10 PM
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
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News > Update on Hall’s Island and other R1 legislation

The Hall’s Island bills (S.F. 1261 – Dziedzic/H.F. 1474 – Loeffler) didn’t get a hearing in the Minnesota Legislature by the March 14 deadline (see this post).
But Sen. Dziedzic and Rep. Loeffler introduced legislation this week that amends a 2010 Legacy appropriations bill to allow …

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Steering Committee > Jan 17, 2013 meeting minutes

RiverFirst Steering Committee
January 17, 2013
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Board Room
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome: John Erwin welcomed Committee members and visitors and called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.
Noted that this project is a tremendous public-private collaboration.  The …

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Fact Sheet > Scherer Park-Hall’s Island Permitting

Position, Goals and Challenges
Schematic Design

As part of the RiverFirst Vision for the Mississippi River corridor, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is designing an exciting eight-acre riverfront park on the former Scherer Bros. lumberyard site in Northeast Minneapolis.

Along with …

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