The design for the site and its adjacent areas will transform this side of the city and its waterfront through new opportunities for programming, connectivity, sustainability, infrastructure and public space. The new vision plan for Water Works will form the basis for a new, ecologically resonant Water Works landscape and integrated iconic park buildings programmed as economic drivers for the district. Economic strategies within the broader downtown plan will leverage revenue-generating potential for this new riverfront destination.
The park is a complex urban site, in which multi-modal circulation, significant elevation changes, and some of Minneapolis’ most important ruins come together. It is envisioned as a two-phase project, with the First Street urban edge designated as Phase 1 (including the Pavilion), and the waterfront as Phase 2. The project recently completed schematic design.