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Tours

All tours will begin promptly at the time indicated and will depart from the 2nd street entrance of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to check-in. All ticket sales are final. Participation is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket.

Friday, October 6

T01 (SOLD OUT)
Riverfront Development— Walking Tour
8:00am-3:00pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Once overlooked, the Mississippi riverfront running through the Twin Cities has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Find out how the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are
reclaiming the riverfront as a place to live, work, play, and learn. Recent riverfront projects
in Minneapolis include Mill Ruins Park, the new Guthrie Theatre, and a variety of
housing projects, while in Saint Paul, projects include Harriet Island Regional Park,
housing at the upper landing, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration, $75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, box lunch, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by Andrew Caddock, ASLA, Close Landscape Architecture.

T02 (SOLD OUT)
Downtown Parks and Plazas— Walking Tour
8:00am-3:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

Visit the downtown parks and open spaces that make the Twin Cities downtown great
places to live and work—from Nicollet Mall, the first pedestrian mall in the United
States, to Landmark Plaza, the latest addition to the downtown St. Paul park system.
In addition to significant urban spaces such as Mears Park and the M. Paul Friedberg
designed Peavey Plaza, the tour will also provide opportunities to see portions of the
Grand Rounds and historic Summit Avenue.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration; $75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, box lunch , afternoon break, and handouts materials. Led by Roger Clemence, FASLA, University of Minnesota and Judith Martin, Minneapolis Planning Commission.

T03
Conservation Development
8:30am-3:00pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The Twin Cities has seen considerable growth in recent years. See some of the unique and innovative conservation development projects underway in the Twin Cities area that are attempting to break the trends of typical suburban growth. Tour stops include the ASLA award winning Jackson Meadow project, the Fields of St. Croix, and other exciting projects throughout the metro area.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes transportation, morning break, box lunch, afternoon break and handout materials. Led by Peggy Booth, FASLA, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

T04 (SOLD OUT)
Residential Gardens
8:30am-4:00pm
Level of Walking: Minimal

Tour some of the Twin Cities’ finest residential landscapes. From striking modern designs
to refined classics, this tour highlights work by local and national landscape architects.
After a stop at a residence in downtown Minneapolis, the tour will visit homes in the
historic Lowry Hill and Kenwood neighborhoods before proceeding to Lake Minnetonka,
which features some of the region’s grandest homes and landscapes.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration, $75 thereafter.
Includes morning break,boxed lunch, afternoon break, transportation and handout materials. Tour led by Frank Fitzgerald, ASLA, Close Landscape Architecture.

T05 (SOLD OUT)
Native Restoration
8:30am-4:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The Twin Cities is considered to have some of the most progressive examples of ecological
restoration in the urban environment. On this tour, you will see state-of-the-art ecological
restoration projects in the neighborhoods and park systems of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The landscape architects and ecologists who worked on these projects will provide project overviews, including background, goals, issues, and outcomes.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, transportation, and handout materials. Led by Laura R. Musacchio, ASLA, University of Minnesota.

T06 (SOLD OUT)
Urban Bike Trails—Bike Tour
9:00am-2:30pm

Join us for a sampling of some of the best cycling routes in the Twin Cities area. Our
route will take us on some heavily utilized recreation trails as part of the Grand Rounds
lake system and stretch out to the first ring cities as we take in the commuter trails that
many people use each day to get to their workplace. This approximately 25 mile ride
will be a mostly flat, asphalt trail ride that may even end up taking our new light rail
transit system back to our starting point. A great activity for taking in the town and possibly
seeing some Fall foliage on the parkway.

$95 per person with Early Bird registration, $105 thereafter.
Includes morning break, boxed lunch, bike rental, afternoon break and handout materials. Led by Michael P. McGarvey, ASLA, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

T07
Corporate Campus
9:00am-3:00pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area has been blessed with many large corporations
that have produced notable campus icons. This multiple campus tour will visit four recently developed sites that have some outstanding landscape architectureinfluenced designs. Site visits will include Target’s employee plaza, General Mill’s Sculpture and Employee Park, and the Wells
Fargo Home Mortgage Water Park (restoration of M. Paul Freidberg’s Honeywell Water
Park). The bus tour will travel to each site and spend about an hour at each campus.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break,boxed lunch, transportation, and handout materials. Led by Paul Schroeder, ASLA, Schoell & Madson, Inc and Emanouil Spassov, ASLA, HGA, Inc.

T08 (SOLD OUT)
Valued Places—Best of the Twin Cities—Walking Tour
9:00am-3:00pm
Level of Walking: High

Tour the “Valued Places” that have a special place in the hearts of Minnesota landscape
architects. This “Best of the Twin Cities” tour takes a look at a variety of projects, from
the Nicollet Mall, to the Minneapolis Grand Rounds, to Harriet Island Regional Park, that
are featured in the Valued Places guidebook published by the Minnesota Chapter of ASLA. Tour participants will receive a complimentary copy of the guidebook.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, transportation, and guidebook Valued Places. Led by Adam R. Arvidson, ASLA, Treeline.

T09
Regional Park System
9:00am-3:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

The Twin Cities area’s nationally renowned system of regional parks contributes significantly
to its high quality of life. Preserving green space for wildlife habitat and recreation
enhances the region’s livability and thus its economic strength. The regional
parks system includes 46 regional parks and park reserves, 22 trails, and six special
recreation areas. This tour will visit some of the regional park facilities that are
unique to the Twin Cities. Stops will include the Minneapolis Grand Rounds, Elm
Creek Winter Recreation Area, and otherb regional park and recreation facilities.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, transportation, and handout materials. Led by Michael Horn, ASLA, Three Rivers Park District.

T10
Mixed-Use Redevelopment
9:00am-4:30pm
Level of Walking: Minimal

Many communities within the Twin Cities metropolitan area are faced with the challenge
of accommodating a growing population in a smart and sustainable manner. This challenge has resulted in several dynamic mixed-use redevelopment projects that are improving the livability, character, and economic viability of these communities. This tour will examine the different
approaches, pitfalls, and successes each of these communities experienced through their redevelopment efforts. Stops include Excelsior and Grand, St. Louis Park, Centennial Lakes in Edina, and "Heart of the City" in Burnsville.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes transportation, morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, and handout materials. Led by John D. Slack, ASLA, Dahlgren, Shardlow and Uban, Inc. and Geoffrey C. Martin, ASLA, Dahlgren, Shardlow and Uban, Inc.

T11
The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes—Canoe Tour
9:30am-1:30pm

Join us as we paddle through several lakes connected by narrow waterways. See how the lake system, park areas, and the city come together to create the second most visited spot in the Minneapolis area. The Chain of Lakes, which is part of the Grand Rounds, is a natural/man-made amenity that sees 5.5 million visitors each year. Learn the history of the area and see
wildlife with the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline. We will depart from Lake Calhoun and venture through Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake, then have a welldeserved lunch upon return.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, boxed lunch, afternoon break, transportation, and canoe rental. Led by Bill Delaney, ASLA, Urban Works.

Saturday, October 7

GT1
St. Paul’s Notorious Past/Mall of America
10:00am-2:00pm

Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, Creepy Karpis, and Ma Barker were familiar names in America during the Prohibition era. St. Paul was a favorite hang-out for these criminals and others during that time, who were invited to live, shop, and dine at the best restaurants in the city without being bothered by the St. Paul police department. This tour will visit a number of locations made famous by these gangsters, including the Landmark Center, the Wabasha
Street Cave, and the former most-exclusive speak easy in the area. The tour will also drive by the location where one local gangster blew up a rival and where Dillinger had a shoot-out with St. Paul Police. Following the tour, the group will stop at the Mall of America for an afternoon of
shopping. The Mall of America is the largest fully enclosed mall in the nation, hosting more visitors annually than Disney World and the Grand Canyon combined.

$35 per person with Early Bird registration, $45 thereafter.
Includes transportation, admission fees. Guests on own for lunch.

Sunday, October 9

GT2
St. Paul’s Notorious Past/Mall of America (repeat)
10:00am-2:00pm

Repeat of Saturday, October 7.

$35 per person with Early Bird registration,$45 thereafter.
Includes transportation, admission fees. Guests on own for lunch.

Tuesday, October 10

T12
Innovative Stormwater Treatment
8:00am-12:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

This abbreviated version of the Friday field session will highlight two innovative
stormwater projects in Minneapolis—the green roof at the new Minneapolis Central
Library and the Heritage Park redevelopment project. The green roof of the recently
opened public library is one of the largest green roof projects in the Twin
Cities, while the Heritage Park has made innovative stormwater management methods
an integral component of the design.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration,$75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, transportation and handout materials. Led by L. Peter McDonagh, The Kestrel Design Group and Joni Geise, ASLA, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

T13 (SOLD OUT)
Valued Places—Best of the Twin Cities—Walking Tour (Repeat)
8:00am-12:30pm
Level of Walking: High

Here is second chance to tour the “Valued Places” that have a special place in the
hearts of Minnesota landscape architects. This tour will focus on some of the exemplary
works of landscape architecture to be found in and around downtown Minneapolis. Nicollet Mall, Peavey Plaza, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Park are some of the projects featured in the
Valued Places guidebook published by the Minnesota Chapter of ASLA. Tour participants
will receive a complimentary copy of the guidebook.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration; $75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, transportation and guidebook “Valued Places”. Led by Adam R. Arvidson, ASLA, Treeline.

T14 (SOLD OUT)
Downtown Minneapolis Parks and Plazas—Walking Tour (Repeat)
8:00am-1:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

One last chance to visit some of the parks and urban spaces that make downtown
Minneapolis a great place to live and work. Nicollet Mall, Mill Ruins Park, Peavey Plaza,
and Federal Courts plaza are just some of the sites that we will visit during this walking
tour of downtown Minneapolis.

$65 per person with Early Bird registration; $75 thereafter.
Includes morning break, box lunch, afternoon break, and handouts materials. Led by Roger Clemence, FASLA, University of Minnesota

T15
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Repeat)
9:30am-1:30pm
Level of Walking: Moderate

A half-day version of the field session presented on Friday, October 6 (Tour portion only).

$65 per person with Early Bird registration, $75 thereafter.
Includes transportation, admission fees, morning break, and handout materials. Led by Peter J. Olin, FASLA, University of Minnesota.

 

 


Don’t miss the most important annual event for landscape architects!

Earn continuing education credit in a variety of great educational programs featuring leading experts in the profession.

Explore hundreds of new products at the EXPO—the largest trade show serving the landscape architecture community.

Catch up with colleagues and make new friends at the ASLA Gala, Awards Luncheon, and other fun-filled networking events.

Experience Minneapolis and environs through a variety of professional tours that explore intriguing local projects and attractions.

Receive a complimentary one-year ASLA Membership with non-member registration.

 

 

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