East Side River District TourMore than 50 stakeholders joined the Great River Passage team for a bus and walking tour of the newly dubbed East Side River District in Saint Paul. Participants included elected officials, city and county representatives, business and nonprofit leaders, and community members in the early stages of building a combined vision for the area bound by the Mississippi River on the south and west and the bluffs to the east and north.

Today’s tour included stops at Indian Mounds Regional Park, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, and Pig’s Eye Regional Park. It included remarks from locally and nationally acclaimed experts to provide perspective on the landscape, history and culture of this complex part of Saint Paul.

Geological

Dr. Greg Brick, MN Department of Natural Resources Hydrologist, Cave Explorer, and Author.

Check out his latest book Minnesota Caves History and Legend. 

 

Spiritual and Cultural

James Rock, a Dakota educator and astronomer who currently serves as Planetarium Director for University of Minnesota Duluth and Indigenous Education Designer for Lower Phalen Creek Project.

 

Read the newly published article by Roxanne Gould and James Rock,

Once Upon a Toxic Sanctuary: Partnering to Restore and Reclaim a Dakota Sacred Site

 

Melanie Kleiss, Lower Phalen Creek Project Executive Director

 

Hear more about Wakan Tipi Center and the work of Lower Phalen Creek Project at their

2017 Parks and Trails Connect November 2nd 7:45-9am

 

Ecological

Keith Parker, Central Region Director, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

 

Visit the DNR Central Region Headquarters Visit the Central Region Headquarters

1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106.  DNR Campus Overview Attached.

 

Industrial

Kathryn Sarnecki, Saint Paul Port Authority Vice President of Redevelopment and Harbor Management.

 

Read up on History of the Working River and attached SPPA River Shipping and Economy Stats.

 

Post-Industrial

Mel Chin, a Public Artist who gained international recognition for his pivotal work Revival Field, a designed landscape created in Pig’s Eye Landfill in Saint Paul in the early 1990s.

 

Join us for a Free Public Lecture tonight 7pm , “Revival Field Revisited”

University of St. Thomas, O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium

See more of Mel’s work here

 

Oral Histories

Seth Bockley, a nationally celebrated writer and theater director known for literary adaptation and multimedia works.

 

Read Matthew Van Tassel story as Published in the Saint Paul Almanac, “Fire on Pig’s Eye Island”

 

View more of Seth Bockley’s work here

 

Lunch

The Sioux Chef, Specializing in North American traditional food systems.

 

Learn more about the Indigenous food movement here

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