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Pragmatic Partnerships
The Mississippi River Greenway is a model for park planning.
By Frank Edgerton Martin

Hosington Koegler Group Inc.

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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