River Balcony | PROMENADE

photo by: Chris Juhn

As part of the City of Saint Paul’s Great River Passage Initiative, the River Balcony is a proposed 1.5-mile promenade along downtown Saint Paul’s river bluff, connecting public spaces, civic landmarks, and development sites, providing new connections to the river and sparking economic development along the riverfront.

Schematic design and engagement timeline

The City and Conservancy are working with a James Corner Field Operations and consultants to complete schematic design for the River Balcony. Schematic design includes site analysis, exploring design concepts, providing a general overview of the River Balcony’s basic features and programming, and getting a general idea of the look and feel of the project. To the right is the timeline for the engagement around this process.

Following schematic design, the City and Conservancy will finalize partner roles and responsibilities, determine and secure funding, and eventually release a request for proposals to construct the River Balcony. Further design will be required to advance important aspects of the project such as material selection, more detailed technical drawings, dimensions, etc. and to prepare the project for construction.

Engagement opportunities

Join us for a community open house on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kellogg Mall Park in downtown Saint Paul.

Attendees can view refined design concepts, share feedback and ask questions of the project team. There will be walking tours of the future River Balcony site at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The K-Town Street Foods food truck will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will also be interactive play activities for children. Attendees are welcome to wear masks, though they are not required.

Community open house: River Balcony
Saturday, June 25, 2022
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kellogg Mall Park, 62 Kellogg Blvd. E., Saint Paul, MN 55101

Have questions about the meeting, or need translation or access assistance? Contact Brett Hussong at [email protected].


January 2022
Initial Focus Groups

February 2022
Virtual community workshop
Community survey #1 (now closed)

June 2022
Community Open House

Early Fall 2022
Schematic design reveal and community celebration

Funders and Partners:
  • City of Saint Paul
  • Ramsey County
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Ecolab
  • Xcel Energy
  • District Energy St. Paul
  • RiverCentre
  • Visit Saint Paul
  • Knight Foundation
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Securian Financial
  • Saint Paul Public Library
  • Capitol Region Watershed District
  • Ruth and John Huss