Friends, there is still time to give input on the future of the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park!!
The Mississippi Gorge is a premier urban bird watching destination. A critically important migratory flyway, it is used by approximately 150 species of birds, including 45 nesting species. An estimated 40% of North America’s migratory waterfowl use the river gorge as a migration corridor.
The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is in the process of creating a 20-year vision for the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park. Within the next month they will be settling on a draft plan that includes an overarching vision, guiding principles, and some specific site design improvements and investments aimed at boosting human usage throughout the park, while protecting and preserving the unique natural landscape and plant/wildlife habitat contained in the Mississippi Gorge. You can view and respond to 6 specific site designs within the gorge at this link:
Also, you can still fill out the general survey about what you’d like to see protected or added in the gorge at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Gorge_intro_survey
The MPRB values your views on the future of this tremendously valuable landscape. We encourage you to fill out the above surveys and explicitly write in your support for preserving, protecting and minimally altering the unique geology and plant communities, wildlife habitat, and special wildness of this singular urban park where people an go to experience immersion in nature, rejuvenation, contemplation, and stillness.
Also, please consider attending one of the last remaining open houses to see the plans and talk with planners and MPRB staff.
Friday Nov. 30 —
- 8:30-10:00am — MPRB Headquarters, Cedar Conf Room
- 12-1:30pm — UMN Ralph Rapson Hall Lobby
- 3-4pm — Brian Coyle Community Center
- 5-6:30pm – Longfellow Rec Center
OR attend the final CAC meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30 pm at MPRB headquarters, 2117 West River Road. The meeting is open to all. At this meeting the CAC will vote on a 20-year vision plan.
After the CAC votes on a plan, the MPRB will hold a 45-day public comment period, most likely Jan-Feb. Please watch for that final opportunity to share your views and influence the future of this amazing landscape.