The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is looking forward to teaming up with Preserve Minneapolis and welcoming riverfront supporters to our event this Tuesday, titled Water Over the Dam. We will be presenting a discussion of the ways that our community depends on water flowing over St. Anthony Falls. We’ll talk about the falls from the Native American perspective, the industrial perspective, the recreational perspective and the economic one, calling on experts in each of those areas.
This is so important because the falls is literally the birthplace of Minneapolis as we know it today. It’s the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, and that made it important as a cultural center as well as a source of power for a growing city.
Our goal at the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is to bring people to the Mississippi River, help them make a physical connection with it and advocate for it. The river cannot speak for itself and we act as a voice for creating a riverfront that fully benefits the nearby communities in North and Northeast Minneapolis. And while much has been done to help the Central Riverfront recover from its days as an industrial zone, there is so much more to be done.
I do hope to see as many people there as possible. Please join us at the Mill City Museum on Tuesday evening, Feb. 28. Our panel discussion, hosted by Richard Kronick of Preserve Minneapolis, promises to be a lively look at the history, present and future of the falls. Admission is free and you can register online at the link below.
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Kathleen Boe is the executive director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Visit minneapolisriverfront.org for more information.