LOCATION : Minneapolis, MN
CLIENT : Hennepin County, Midtown Greenway Coalition
Two decades ago, the Midtown Greenway was a derelict railroad trench. Now, each year people take more than a million trips on this unique, almost car-free trail connecting the Mississippi River and the Chain of Lakes. We worked closely with Hennepin County, the Midtown Greenway Coalition, and Lake Street Council to evaluate physical and cultural barriers that prevent nearby neighborhoods and commercial districts from taking full advantage of the ‘Greenway’. Together we coordinated an in-depth outreach effort involving over 1,000 participants and multiple businesses. Our final plan provides a cohesive design framework and integrates an array of amenities and a wayfinding system throughout the corridor. To help set the plan up for success, we emphasized new approaches to partnerships and diverse funding sources.