As you know, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and North Loop Neighborhood Association (NLNA) are currently developing a 5-year, volunteer-centric plan to guide the restoration of this park, and community input is needed!
Join FMR and the North Loop Neighborhood Association (NLNA) for an evening imagining the future of the natural areas at James Rice Park. This riverside park, located along the Mississippi between the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge on West River Parkway, is a space with a lot of potential for restoration and community access.
The park contains a variety of walking and biking paths, picnic areas, parking, a playground and forested natural areas. Currently, the park is dominated by plants like buckthorn, bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard, which crowd out native vegetation. This means increased erosion and a negative effect on water quality, as well as very little habitat for pollinators, and barriers to access and recreation.
FMR is currently developing a 5-year, volunteer-centric plan to guide the restoration of this park, and community input is needed! Join FMR and NLNA at Pryes Brewing Company to learn about the plan, share your feedback, ask questions and find out how you can get involved.
Local mask guidelines will be enforced, and we will keep you updated closer to the event dates with any change in safety plans.
Light snacks will be provided, but space is limited and registration is required. We are holding two community meetings to ensure we are able to hear from as many community members as possible. You can register to join us on Tuesday, March 1, from 5-7 pm, or on Wednesday, April 6, from 5-7 pm. Please select the date you’d like to attend when registering here.
Thank you to our partners and funders: Fair State Brewing, Hennepin County, Marathon Foundation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, North Loop Neighborhood Association, Pryes Brewing, RBC Wealth Management and Xcel Energy.