The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) sought a Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan to guide capital improvements along this urban, residential corridor. Led by a local planning and landscape design firm, we collaborated with designers, engineers, and resource specialists to realize the MPRB vision. Improvements will include creek restoration, stormwater management, modifications to improve access needs of several user types, and interpretation.
Our architectural historians and interpretive planners conducted research and gathered input from the community and stakeholders about creek resources and stories. Our team contributed key sections to the master plan: a brief cultural history of the creek, identification of historic resources along the trail, and an interpretive plan. The interpretive plan weaves interpretive themes along the corridor and creates distinctive experiences to connect trail users emotionally and intellectually with this much-loved creek and parkway.
This master plan is a critical step to move forward with design plans that enhance the user experience and enrich creek and parkway amenities. The project has received an Honor Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-MN).