Parks of Minneapolis’ Upper Riverfront

In recent years, more and more of Minneapolis’ Upper River has transitioned to be parkland.  But what are these new parks?  Take a quick tour of the parks of the Upper Mississippi River with us!

Top ten tax-generating developments along the Minneapolis riverfront

Property tax revenue is among the measures of our success in revitalizing the Minneapolis riverfront. But who are the biggest property tax-paying developments along the riverfront? They’re a mix of residential and commercial projects.  Mainly downtown, but a few surprises. And (truly, for once), you’ll probably never guess who’s at #1. Let’s meet them! >>


Historic Resources of the Upper River

The Central Riverfront is well known for its historic resources: the Stone Arch Bridge, the historic flour mills. But what about the Upper River? We’ve found a few historic resources to keep an eye on as redevelopment unfolds – and no doubt this is just the beginning.


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Local activities from riverfront partners.


Washburn A Mill Tour

A guide will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time.


Snowshoeing Day Date

Grab your special someone (or BFF) for a day hike on snowshoes. Float atop the snow while learning about what’s happening underneath your feet. Equipment and refreshments provided. We will hike if no snow.


Free Family Fun Days: Love for the Birds in Your Backyard

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.


A Day in a Frozen Wonderland

Do you want to build a snowman? Discover the properties of frozen water, try snowman bowling, ice block races, and more!


Getting Ready for Backyard Syurping

Learn how to make maple syrup from your own trees, including tree identification and homemade equipment.


Free Family Fun Days: Knots

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.


Tales of the Falls: a Storytelling Tour

The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum.


Above the Falls Citizen’s Advisory Committee Meeting (AFCAC)

A regularly scheduled meeting of the advisory committee for the Above the Falls area of the Upper River.


Downtown Service Area Parks Master Plan

Help shape the Downtown Service Area Master Plan, which will provide a cohesive, long-term vision for every park property in Downtown Minneapolis.


Snowshoe River Action Volunteer Event (RAVE)

Join us for another winter River Action Volunteer Event (RAVE). Bring your snowshoes or borrow the park’s, and meet us by the river! We will be doing a service project followed by a snowshoe hike to the river and talk about winter wildlife and Coldwater Spring history.