Hall’s Island and the Scherer Site

Reconstruction of an historic island will enhance the Mississippi River’s ecological function, restore habitat and provide unique river access.


Part of a concept design for Hall's Island and the Scherer Site.

The future location of Scherer Park, as viewed from the Plymouth Avenue Bridge in August 2016.

Project partners at a media event Oct. 24, 2017.

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Capital Project Grant

Status: Active

Timeline: 2017-2018

MWMO Funding: $1.5 million

Partners: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Staff Contact:
Marcy Bean, PLA
Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
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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