Coleman to discuss plans for downtown St. Paul ‘River Balcony’ Thursday night

Designs for a proposed 1.5 mile walkway along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul will be discussed tonight at an open house.

They’re calling it the “River Balcony,” and it will run from the Science Museum to Union Depot. The goal is to “provide new visual and physical connections between downtown and the Mississippi River, creating vibrant outdoor spaces,” city officials said.

Mayor Chris Coleman will show some designs for the plan at an open house tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Union Depot. A 17-foot long 3D model of the “vision” will there.

The official description of the plan:

 Comprised of a series of parks and development sites linked by a continuous broad pedestrian walkway, the River Balcony will create a dramatic public promenade linking key Downtown development sites with restaurants, offices, shops, and gathering places that will overlook the river.

The plan will be implemented over many years, as funding becomes available.

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