The partners of the Scott County Cultural Consortium are collaborating to develop an interpretive trail along the Minnesota River in Shakopee. They want to create a cohesive visitor experience that engages people of all ages with the shared history and diverse cultural heritage of the riverfront corridor, with a particular focus on Dakota history and culture.
Building on ideas for the riverfront in the City of Shakopee’s Parks and Trails Master Plan, our team completed a Visitor Experience Plan (VEP). To develop the VEP, we facilitated extensive partner collaboration and broad stakeholder engagement, including consultation with advisors on Dakota language, culture, and history. We also developed a Community Engagement Plan and toolkit and supported audience data documentation and analysis.
The VEP provides a comprehensive vision and interpretive themes and strategies for visitor experiences along the Shakopee Riverfront Cultural Trail. The planning process strengthened the partnership among Scott County, the City of Shakopee, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and the Three Rivers Park District, and produced a plan with collective buy-in across organizations. The VEP will serve as the basis for a grant application for the next phase of the trail project.