The Mississippi River Greenway is a model for park planning.
By Frank Edgerton Martin
Hosington Koegler Group
The Mississippi River Greenway Strategic Plan serves as a politically
savvy model for open-space planning at the edge of growing metropolitan
areas. Covering a 20-mile stretch of the river south of Saint Paul,
the plan represents an all too rare combination of ecologically
based park planning, political outreach, and public support for
funding. Bruce Chamberlain, ASLA, of Minneapolis-based Hoisington
Koegler Group Inc. (HKGi), began a long-term relationship with this
dramatic bluff landscape in 1998 with a greenway plan for the city
of Hastings, a historic and rapidly growing river town of 18,000
just south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Set in the broad Mississippi
River valley, Hastings is blessed with views across the Mississippi
into Wisconsin and steep bluffs that frame both sides of the valley.
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