photo: Chris Juhn

River Balcony | PROMENADE

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.

Project Design

The City and Conservancy are working with 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.

Community Engagement

We have heard from many people over several months about what they would like to see and do along Saint Paul’s River Balcony. On behalf of the City of Saint Paul, Great River Passage Conservancy, and James Corner Field Operations design team, thank you for sharing your perspectives about the Saint Paul River Balcony design!

Watch for more information about the schematic design reveal and community celebration, coming this fall.


January 2022:
Initial Focus Groups

February 2022:
Virtual community workshop

June 2022:
Community open house

Fall 2022:
Schematic design reveal and community celebration


Capital Region Watershed District
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Knight Foundation
Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
Securian Financial Foundation
Xcel Energy
Ruth and John Huss