(Posted April 27, 2016) – Planning is underway for the Saint Paul River Balcony. Part of the Great River Passage Master Plan, the Saint Paul River Balcony would run along the downtown river bluff from the Science Museum of Minnesota to Union Depot. The River Balcony will contribute to downtown’s economic vitality and extend community life to the edge of the river. For upcoming meetings and more detailed information, visit the Saint Paul River Balcony Website.

(Posted October 3, 2013) –  October 2013- Updated Great River Master Plan

(Posted March 11,2013)- Updated Great River Passage Amendment

(Posted March 7,2013) Update on Approval Process PDF

(Posted Feb.20, 2013)   City Council Public Hearing on Great River Passage Master Plan

The Saint Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for the Great River Passage Master Plan on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Third Floor City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul.  All interested persons are invited to attend and address the Council on this matter.  Written comments may be sent to Don Ganje, at don.ganje@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 25 West Fourth Street; Suite 400, Saint Paul, MN  55102.  Questions may be directed to Mr. Ganje at (651) 266-6425.

The Great River Passage Master Plan is the City’s long-term plan for unifying the entire length of Saint Paul’s Mississippi riverfront into one grand and comprehensive vision to be realized over the next 30 – 50 years.  It sets the stage for sustainable parks and open spaces; ecological restoration; economic development; and connection of the city, its neighborhoods and people to the Mississippi River.

(Posted Sept. 11, 2012 )  Although no new information has been generated for the Great River Passage Master Plan, this new chart has been posted to provide a graphic explanation of the approval process with quick links to documents and sites most relevant at this point of the process.

(Posted Sept. 10, 2012) You can now click here to view the entire proposed amendment to Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan.

*Note: See separate sections of the plan below for faster loading time.

(Posted Aug. 9, 2012) Planning Commission documents have been posted:


Parks Commission Update
During the February 29 – March 5 2012 public comment period,  a number of comments were brought to the attention of the Parks and Recreation Commission.  The following staff report to the Park Commission has suggested responses to the comments and suggested changes to the Master Plan resulting from discussions with the Great River passage Leadership and Steering committees, and consultations with Wenk Associates, and other City staff.

Staff Report May 23, 2012 (Response to public testimony)

Attachment A – Comment Matrix (Every comment received)

Attachment B – Changes (List of recommended changes)

Attachment C –  Comp Plan (Sections suitable for adoption as part of Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan)

Approval Process (Next steps for plan approval)



For more information, contact: ParksCustomerService@ci.stpaul.mn.us