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HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC.

GREAT RIVER PASSAGE MASTER PLAN

Saint Paul, MN

2014 INNOVATION IN PLANNING AWARD
American Planning Association, Minnesota

2013 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
2013 MERIT AWARD, ANALYSIS AND PLANNING
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Minnesota

2013 MERIT AWARD
ASLA, Colorado

2013 HONOR AWARD
The Waterfront Center

Hoisington Koegler Group Inc., part of a multi-disciplinary team led by Wenk Associates from Denver, prepared the Great River Passage Master Plan for the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. HKGi's role on the project team included park planning and programming, access and connectivity planning, urban/economic redevelopment planning and community engagement.

Building on previous planning initiatives related to the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, the master plan promotes the concept of a natural resource-based urban park. The plan's vision for the 17 mile stretch of riverfront was based on three fundamental principles: more natural, more urban, and more connected.

A more natural river passage means preserving natural areas, restoring streams and improving stormwater quality, and expanding nature-based recreation.

A more urban river passage means enhancing the river as a social and recreational place, enhancing the image and accessibility of the river in neighborhoods around the river, and balancing the working, environmental, and recreational needs of the river.

A more connected river passage means linking the river to citywide networks and integrating history, culture, and art into the river corridor.

Using these ideas as a foundation, the master plan included recommendations for the four reaches, or segments, of the river based on each reach's unique landscape: the Gorge, the Valley, the Downtown, and the Floodplain.