RiverFirst group reveals design ideas, fundraising strategies

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May 3, 2013 // UPDATED 3:52 pm - July 18, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
An illustration of the new Scherer Bros. Park.
Image from RiverFirst executive summary report
Sarah McKenzie
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The group behind the RiverFirst Initiative — a project to revitalize the riverfront with new trails and parks — has released a new report with design ideas and funding strategies for some of the key projects.

One of the major projects is a plan to create a new park and restore Hall's Island near the former Scherer Bros. lumber site just north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. The vision for the area includes river access for paddlers, a pebble beach, boat rental, gathering spaces and a cafe pavilion, among other things. The project is estimated to cost $15.6 million.

Another highlight of the RiverFirst plan calls for a new East Bank off-road bicycle and pedestrian trail that would link Boom Island Park with Marshall Street Northeast a tthe BNSF railroad bridge. The trail would go through the proposed Scherer Bros. park and the Sheridan Memorial Park.

The RiverFirst project is a collaboration of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.