Riverfront festival will showcase No Name Park project

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July 17, 2013
By: Emma Cummings-Krueger
Emma Cummings-Krueger

An upcoming festival on the Mississippi riverfront will offer Minneapolis residents a chance to explore the plans for a new park area currently under construction.

The temporarily titled “No Name Park” is an ongoing construction project under the RiverFirst Initiative. The former Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. site and a recreated version of the previously submerged Hall’s Island will play host to the new park space north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge.

The project is still in the early stages, but there are extensive plans ahead for the park over the next couple of years, explained Kathleen Boe, the interim executive director of Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.

“No Name will include one of the only kayak beaches in the area,” Boe said. “It’ll be used for all types of non-motorized watercraft. There’s going to be a park events building which with a restaurant, and we’re planning to connect Hall’s Island with Boom Island Park. It’s really developed to have access to the [Mississippi] River.”

During the park preview festival, guests can explore the island, wetlands and park plans for No Name. The festival will showcase park construction plans through a life-size blueprint painted on the ground. An array of music, food trucks and beer will be available for attendees.

Sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with support from the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, the festival runs 6 p.m. to sunset July 26 at the intersection of Sibley Street and Plymouth Avenue. Admission is free.