Type: Capital Project Grant
MWMO Funding: $1.5 million
Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; Minneapolis Parks Foundation
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is leading a team to reconstruct historic Hall’s Island (removed in the 1960s) as part of a larger park creation at the site of the former Scherer Brother’s Lumber Company.
Located just north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, this is a priority RiverFirst project within the Critical Area along the east bank of the Mississippi River. MWMO funding will be used in Phase I of the project to excavate a back channel and restore Hall’s Island in the Mississippi River. This work includes establishing a stable shoreline and a habitat-rich riparian area, with native upland vegetation conducive to wildlife habitat.
When completed, the restored island will stretch from the northern edge of the Scherer site to just south of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. The iconic Boom Island Lighthouse will become a part of Halls’ Island. The channel between the island and the Scherer site will be approximately 120 feet to 150 feet wide and 6 feet deep, depending on river conditions.
The vision for the future park features a habitat-rich island, gravel beach, boat rental and storage for paddlers, a park-supportive cafe pavilion, and terraced gathering spaces to be programmed throughout the seasons providing a variety of recreational opportunities and ecologic benefits to the area. Two pedestrian bridges are planned to connect Hall’s Island to the mainland.
Learn More: MPRB Project Page