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Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Restoration of Hall’s Island Open for Comments

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is proposing to restore Hall’s Island in the Mississippi River and establish an adjacent eight-acre riverfront park at the former Scherer Bros Lumber Company site, just upstream of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge in Northeast Minneapolis. Restoration of Hall’s Island will create new habitat within the Mississippi River channel in a portion of the North/Northeast Minneapolis urban environment dominated by industrial uses and limited access to natural areas.

This project is part of RiverFirst, a long-term vision for Mississippi Riverfront parks and trails that grew out of an international design competition in 2010. Development of the Scherer site and restoration of Hall’s Island are also included in the Above the Falls Master Plan, which outlines recommendations for land-use policy, park development and environmental stewardship along the Mississippi Riverfront in North and Northeast Minneapolis. An updated version of the Above the Falls Master Planwas approved by both the City of Minneapolis and the MPRB in 2013.

Due to the proposed project activities, a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is required per Minnesota Rules 4410.4300. The MPRB will accept written comments on the EAW during the 30-day public comment period, which commences on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 and concludes Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

Review and Comment

A paper copy of the EAW is available for public review at: 

  • MPRB Headquarters: 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55411
  • Minneapolis Central Library: Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401-1992

An electronic copy of the EAW is available for public review on the MPRB website:

Hall's Island Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Additional copies can be requested by calling (612) 230-6400.

Submit written comments to: 

Jon Duesman
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Submit electronic/email comments to:

Jon Duesman,

If submitting comments electronically please include your name and mailing address.

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