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Community Engagement Phase 2:
EXPANDING RELEVANCE

June – August 2011

Back to Phase 1: Refining the Vision

In keeping with the “two-way education” and “Both/And” themes (among others) of the MR|DI and RiverFIRST, respectively, phase 2 of community engagement seeks to gather input from a wider and deeper base of communities, while simultaneously encouraging relationship-building among Upper Riverfront stakeholders and the broader community as a whole.

City-building is community building (and vice verse)

The MR|DI community engagement strategy includes several interactive and design-based ways for the community to re-engage with the river and share their knowledge with the MR|DI.

  • Community Event Participation. In Minneapolis, summer is literally high season for community and neighborhood events. MR|DI project managers and hired Youth Ambassadors will take advantage of this near-feverish social scene to raise awareness of the Upper Riverfront as a focal point for community development, encourage people to explore the Upper Riverfront and its parks and become involved with the MR|DI, and provide a conduit for community feedback about the initiative.

Calendar of community events

  • Youth Ambassadors. Seven paid part- and full-time interns receive training on RiverFIRST, the MR|DI, Minneapolis Park Board, and River Is. As a team, they represent the MR|DI at more than 35 community events during an intense nine-week internship. As individuals, they participate in and help shape one of the most significant city-building efforts in their lifetime. Internships are managed in partnership with STEP-UP Achieve, a City of Minneapolis jobs training and experience program of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools.
  • River Is. A multidimensional interactive project that gives voice and vision to community members’ river experience and ideas. “River Is” is the linchpin community engagement theme that runs, like the great river it pays homage to, through all phase 2 activities. Explore more at:

River Is | Your stories in words and pictures

  • Community Input Survey. A comprehensive survey, made broadly available online and in print, that delves into experience and opinions with the Mississippi River, the Upper Riverfront and Minneapolis parks, in addition to individual responses to key RiverFIRST themes, philosophies and proposed projects.

Take the online survey (instant gratification!)
Link coming soon: Download the PDF (E-mail, mail or drop-off when it’s completed)

  • Neighborhood Presentations. MR|DI project manager, Mary deLaittre, will complete a total of approximately 20 presentations to neighborhood and community organizations before the summer is out.

View community presentation calendar