Minneapolis riverfront plan features parks, trails

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2011 - 10:15 PM

The ambitious proposals for the riverfront from downtown to the city's northern border could cost $175 million and will now be scrutinized by the public.

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noggnbloggnSep. 21, 1110:19 PM

Everything sounds good except the 'islands' idea. This sounds like a 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' idea, and I can just imagine there would be many unforeseen problems (changing water levels, deterioration of the floatation materials because of freeze/thaw conditions, liability to park users since it is not 'natural'). The DNR was getting all twisted about the amount of shade cast by lakeshore docks and its effects of aquatic life, yet floating islands are deemed OK -- I don't think so. FYI: the Boom Island site was just that: a former logging operation boom, used to sort logs before going to sawmills @ the falls. Scherer Bros. Lumber got it's start when Munn Scherer began plucking sunken logs from the river bottom and drying them out for salvage during the Depression (he was moonlighting from his regular job). Probably still some logs stuck in the mud down there, but not sure about any 'Natural Wetland'. Maybe so. Probably a few beer bottles also, & they are 'natural' since this is Minnesota, after all.

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tietacSep. 21, 1110:26 PM

What recession? What overtaxrd Minneapolis homeowners?

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noggnbloggnSep. 21, 1110:41 PM

Perhaps the Surly folks would be interested in locating their brewery near the river, since we already had the Grain Belt Brewery nearby. Some of the land is slated for redevelopment, it sounds like residential use is the only thing being considered. A destination brewery close to river boat tours, parks, and the scenic riverfront, might work out nicely and give people something to do. Take a tour, have a brew -- preferably a Bender.

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west336Sep. 21, 1111:02 PM

Scrap the Nicollet Ave redux and the rest sounds pretty good. Don't take 6-8 PRIME real estate blocks and use them for a park promenade to mimic Seattle when those blocks can eventually be used for something much better. Not EVERYTHING needs to be addressed, today, here and now!

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ottlukkSep. 21, 1111:04 PM

I think the proposed Vikings Stadium should be put on that floating island idea. Because neither idea would float with the taxpayers of this state. Other than that, it's money well spent.Unless, of course, you would prefer spending $100 million over the next 7 years for a single Vikings employee, assisted by your taxpayer dollars.

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sgaalswykSep. 22, 1112:07 AM

How about Minneapolis focus on things like fixing the potholes that remain from last year and the streets. The taxpayers can't even get basic services and this is what they come up with. I shouldn't be really all that surprised.

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timzimmermanSep. 22, 11 2:55 AM

As someone who frequents city, county/regional, state, and national parks and also works in the park industry; I can't believe some of the things in this proposal. The main one I will hit on however is the floating island idea. Islands made out of recycled foam are simply stupid. Over time this foam will be broken off, deteriorate, and begin floating down the river. Yes they can tell me things like this have been done else ware, but have they been done on a river with the flow of the Mississippi, and have they been done in a climate like Minnesota's. Evidently the company hired from Boston never looked at these rivers in the winter. Large ice flows tend to form throughout the winter from Coon Rapids down to Minneapolis. When these break free and begin to flow they will destroy these floating islands. And if they think for a moment that we will simply remove the islands in the winter, how much will this cost. It will require specialized equipment such as barges, cranes, and many staff. Then a site to store the islands and finally put them back out in the spring. Next, let’s talk about navigation of the river. I'm not sure, but the Army Corps of Engineers and MN DNR may have an issue with placing floating islands along the river creating obstacles for recreational and industrial boats. Then let’s talk about public safety outside of the boating issue. Who will monitor these islands to ensure people are not committing crimes (theft, rape, murder, ect. as Minneapolis according to the US Census Bureau is now the 16th most dangerous city over 250,000 population in the U.S.) Who will conduct garbage clean-up on these islands and what resources will it take. What is the cost of maintenance for these islands and what does maintenance consist of. What equipment will need to be purchased and how many additional staff hired. This is idiotic. Trails I love, parkland I love, development if done correctly is great, but what are they thinking with these islands. Somebody, please, catch the good idea ferry and send him to Georgia.

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Thumper5316Sep. 22, 11 6:02 AM

We can't afford to fix or plow our streets, are laying off firemen but we can afford bike path planners and now this. It's time to move. This place is nuts.

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fuhrmannSep. 22, 11 6:48 AM

I love the idea of the trail connection between the downtown trails and Camden, which is a hub to the northern trails and subburbs. It is a link that would be extremely useful and would bring people into Minneapolis from other cities. ............................................................................................................................................................................. However, the park board has a horrible history of being big on new projects using other people's money that provides for photo ops but then not doing ANY maintenance on the trail until they have deteriorated enough for them to cry emergency and try to get more of other people's money to completely rebuild them and get more photo ops. Other people's money will not flow as freely in the future and Minneapolis will be left with a large network of unuseable trails. .................................................................................................................................................................. Look at the condition of the Cedar Lake trail and how the "star" trails around Calhoun and Harriet are headed for the same poor condition.

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ivanatorSep. 22, 11 7:57 AM

Fake floating islands? The river isn't a theme park.

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