New website – GreatRiverPassage.org – launched today
SAINT PAUL – The City of Saint Paul is taking a major step toward connecting people to recreational and environmental amenities along its 26 miles of Mississippi riverfront by putting its 2013 Great River Passage plan into action. The city today launched a new website – GreatRiverPassage.org – to share information and progress updates with the public.
“The Mississippi River is an asset to our city, our region, and our entire state,” said Mike Hahm, director of the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. “Saint Paul is ready to realize the potential of this special place to accelerate our economy and celebrate an amenity that has shaped our community for centuries.”
The Great River Passage team is building on the significant amount of thoughtful strategizing and community engagement that took place as a part of the planning process to create a sustainable foundation for the initiative. The team is focusing its efforts on developing public and private leadership structures and partnerships; identifying priority capital projects; building communications infrastructure; developing programming and events; and creating mechanisms for public and private fundraising.
Ranging from new recreation options to environmental learning opportunities, initial Great River Passage projects include:
- Facilitating a feasibility study for an Environmental Learning Center along the Mississippi River in partnership with the National Parks Service
- Developing the Mississippi River Paddle Share, a kayak route along the river in Saint Paul
- Reimagining the use of the Saint Paul Riverboat
- Creating connections within Pigs Eye Regional Park and to nearby trails and east side destinations
“The Mississippi River is Saint Paul’s greatest natural asset; it’s the very reason this city exists,” said Great River Passage Manager Mary deLaittre. “Our stunning 3,500 acres of riverfront green spaces and parkland can propel Saint Paul to become the preeminent river city in the nation. I’m very excited to put this thoughtfully crafted plan into action.”
The goal of the Great River Passage is to balance environmental stewardship with forward-thinking development that will continue to drive economic growth, health, and neighborhood improvement in Saint Paul for generations to come.
About the Great River Passage
In 2013 the City of Saint Paul developed the Great River Passage Plan, a comprehensive framework for creating vibrancy in the city’s 3,500 acres of parkland along the river. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department is now implementing the next phase of the Great River Passage – a bold, strategic vision to steward and tap into the potential of the 26 miles of riverfront in Saint Paul. By implementing the plan, the city will create places and activities that strengthen existing connections and create new ones along the Mississippi. Learn more at GreatRiverPassage.org.