Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan & Community Engagement

Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) sought a master plan for Mississippi Gorge Regional Park to balance protection, restoration, and maintenance of this 132-acre treasured natural area. The project included the integration of the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Master Plan with Phase I and Phase II rehabilitation of the Lower Riverside and Bohemian Flats Parks.
As part of an interdisciplinary team, we collaborated with planners, landscape architects, water resource engineers, and trail specialists. 106 Group strategized community engagement activities and outreach, led discussion and a workshop to develop an interpretive framework, and researched and drafted a plan section about the park’s cultural and historical resources.
The project team completed a successful planning and design process that was open, engaging, and inclusive. The master plan provides guidance for the park’s future, including best practices for management, protection, and preservation of a river-adjacent regional park with two very different futures based on the future of the lock and dam structures.