River Balcony master plan

River Balcony at night

Saint Paul River Balcony

Connecting downtown to the Mississippi River

The River Balcony is envisioned as a publicly accessible balcony running along the full 1.5 miles of downtown Saint Paul’s Mississippi River bluff. The proposed project will connect public spaces and bluff-side redevelopment sites and be designed to accommodate walking, outdoor seating, gathering, and related public activities. Initially proposed in the 2013 Great River Passage Master Plan, this project will help make the Mississippi River more accessible and cultivate the next generation of diverse park users and river stewards. Specifically, the project’s goals are to:

  • Create an authentic, signature project
  • Connect the City along the bluff and down to the river
  • Celebrate and engage the bluff and river
  • Stimulate economic development
Next steps

The Great River Passage Initiative is working with public and private partners on project implementation, which includes selecting and managing the design team, cultivating community support, public and private fundraising, and creating partnership agreements.