September 1, 2011
Mary deLaittre, Project Manager
Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MRDI)
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411
Dear Ms. deLaittre,
The American Society of Landscape Architects Minnesota Chapter (ASLA‐MN) is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MRDI).
ASLA‐MN represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world.
As a licensed profession in the state of Minnesota, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Landscape architectural projects range from academic campuses, conservation and natural areas, historic landscapes, parks and recreation, transportation corridors, urban design, water resources, and commercial and residential properties.
MRDI’s RiverFIRST vision exemplifies the best of landscape architecture as it “builds on our region’s rich Mississippi River heritage — and passion for parks, nature and wildlife — to design and bring to life places along the Upper Riverfront where neighborhoods and businesses can grow and community members from near and far can enjoy recreational and cultural activities in a place truly like no other.”
ASLA‐MN applauds and wholeheartedly endorses MRDI’s efforts to bring 21st century landscape architecture to the Mississippi River.
Craig A. Wilson