Mill Ruins improvements subject of public meeting

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January 19, 2004 // UPDATED 2:37 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 5 to discuss planned improvements for Mill Ruins Park, which lies below the new Mill City Museum on Downtown's riverfront.

The park conjures images of the city's milling past, offering an interpretation of the historic West Side Milling District. The spot was home to the world's largest hydropower flour mill in the 19th Century.

Park officials will go over plans for improvements to the park's lower tailrace area, where water once flowed from mill turbines back to the river. There are plans for new paths and a bridge, which would connect the paths near the end of the old tailrace canal.

Additionally, park officials plan to add benches and interpretative signs, and make landscape improvements to the Mill Ruins Park. This summer, geese chewed away most of the park's turf, leaving it a chalky, gray moonscape. The city had applied some goose-gagging repellant to deter the birds from chomping on the grass.

Park improvement funds come from the federal Transportation Enhancements program and the state's Environment and Natural Resources trust fund. The construction is expected to be complete by fall 2005.

The meeting will be held at the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association's administrative office building, 2117 W. River Road, at

6:30 p.m.