Community Engagement Phase 1:
REFINING THE RiverFIRST VISION
(Or, it takes a village to focus a vision)
April – June 2011
The MR|DI’s three community-based committees are part of the design-based Design Development Strategy. First convened in April, the Steering, Technical and Advisory committees, along with the public, were tasked with responding to three increasingly detailed MR|DI project team presentations with suggestions, critiques, and resource identification.
Committee members were also asked to provide information specific to their areas of expertise and be the primary conduit of information between the organizations or people they represent and MR|DI designers and project team.
This “collective edit” of RiverFIRST, along with community outreach and supplemental research conducted during phase one, results in draft scenarios for five- and 20-year implementation of the RiverFIRST vision.
- The Steering Committee (appointed) includes civic and business leaders who provide guidance and resource identification for the MR|DI.
- The Technical Committee (appointed) provides expertise and resource identification in fields relevant to the successful implementation of the Upper Riverfront Framework.
- The Advisory Committee provides on-going input and feedback to the MR|DI. This committee is open to and comprises representatives from the broad range of riverfront stakeholder groups, including neighborhood organizations, non-profits, CACs, TACs, and others.
The role of the public in Phase 1
During phase 1, the public was invited to engage in person with Park Board, design team, and MR|DI project managers at six scheduled public meetings at Park Board headquarters. These initial public meetings, like the corresponding committee meetings, focused on responding to TLS/KVA’s RiverFIRST vision, and were held in recognition of the importance individuals and communities to city-building.
It was also during this phase that the designers and MR|DI project managers continued outreach to community members and organizations, a process begun during the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. Collectively, April – June, MR|DI representatives met with or engaged well over 100 individuals and half as many organizations in key communities and areas of relevant expertise.
As with information gathered during phase 1 meetings, these connections influence the outcome of the design process.