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Minneapolis riverfront park meeting set for Feb. 27

If you are interested in a proposed new riverfront park in downtown Minneapolis, mark your calendar for Monday, February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold the second of two public meetings regarding a proposed Central Riverfront park where the original Minneapolis municipal Water Works, several historic mills and, more recently, the Fuji-Ya restaurant once stood.

The five- to seven-acre study area encompasses park board-owned land between Portland Avenue South and the Third Avenue Bridge, and between First Street South and the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis architects Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle are the lead designers on the project. Together with financing consultant HR&A Advisors, they will present design and program options and financial analysis, “that take into account social, economic and environmental factors, as well as truly the interesting geography and history of the site,” says Mary deLaittre, executive director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

The foundation is taking a leading role in the planning effort because one of its members is funding the study.

The meeting will be held at the Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St. For regular updates on the Water Works project, community members can visit the Minneapolis Parks Foundation website.

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