photo: Monica Bryand

East Side River District | LANDSCAPE

Long disconnected from the surrounding community, this area of the river has many shared uses, including Dakota homeland and sacred sites, industry, parks and recreation, and natural areas that serve as a bird migration route. Great River Passage Conservancy is partnering with local, state and tribal governments, businesses and nonprofits to create a world class vision for the East Side River District, where historically incompatible uses can comfortably coexist and:

  • Reveal the complex systems and stories of the area
  • Heal a compromised landscape
  • Connect to and throughout the area
  • Protect sacred and significant sites
Project Location

East of downtown Saint Paul, the 1,000-acre East Side River District includes the area bound by the Mississippi River on the south and west and the bluffs to the east and north. This area is on the Mississippi flyway bird migration route, and includes the Pig’s Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area.

Project Timeline

Great River Passage Conservancy is currently raising public and private funds for the schematic design process. Schematic design includes site analysis, exploring design concepts, and getting a general idea of the look and feel of the project.


REI Cooperative Action Fund
National Endowment for the Arts