Culture & Community: Welcome to Water Works

Water Works is one piece of a much larger story, in the layered riverfront history of what we now call Minneapolis. For this Mississippi riverfront park, 106 Group led preservation planning, archaeology, documentation of community histories, and interpretation. Hidden stories of Native American and African American communities that were uncovered during the planning stages helped guide the design and programming elements of this important project.

106 Group is proud to be one of the many collaborators on this special project. We are grateful to the communities that shared their stories and insights which helped make this a park for all people. We wish to thank all those who were part of this collaborative effort, particularly the interviewees, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and the Damon Farber team.

We look forward to the opening of Owamni, the new restaurant by Sioux Chef, and the future programming at the park. The Sioux Chef, led by Sean Sherman, is conceiving and will manage the dine-in and take-out restaurant, as well as create events and educational opportunities to elevate Indigenous voices as part of its larger mission to promote Native American cultures, honor plants and natural resources, and foster a vibrant Indigenous food movement.

Check out our video to learn more :