Sheridan Memorial Park
In 1995, a group of World War II veterans from Northeast Minneapolis, led by Ed Karbo Sr., began looking for a site along the Mississippi River to commemorate war veterans. In 2005, they joined forces with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) to pursue a memorial in this key Above the Falls location.
The Sheridan Veterans Memorial, honoring all Minnesota veterans, is centered around a large spherical sculpture of protective shields, created by local artist Robert Smart. The perimeter walk has quotes about peace engraved in granite. The memorial is surrounded by peace gardens and vertical markers describing the ten conflicts in which Minnesotans have served.
MWMO backyard public space
In 2014 the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) completed its riverfront demonstration park next to the headquarters just northeast of the Lowry Avenue Bridge.
The design objectives address three areas: restoring the historic stream and ravine, using the facility and site as a community resource and living laboratory, and engaging the employees in the active maintenance of the grounds.
Sheridan Memorial Park Image: Bob Spaulding for Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. MWMO image: courtesy Brian Jastram, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Page background page image: Aerial over Riverside Park, I-94 and Franklin Avenue Bridges. Image from the Metropolitan Design Center Image Bank. Copyright (c) Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. Used with permission.