Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Master Plan

Three Rivers Park District and Brooklyn Park collaborated to develop a draft master plan for Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and the Brooklyn Park Environmental Nature Area. The two parks naturally function as one larger natural resource-based park unit located at Coon Rapids Dam on the Mississippi River. To celebrate its location on one of our Nation’s greatest natural treasures, the draft master plan calls for renaming the park Mississippi Gateway Regional Park.

The draft master plan envisions the park as a place for people to see, touch, hear and smell the River.  In light of this, the Vision Statement is:

A gateway for everyone to connect with the Mississippi River and its dynamic environment.  

Key goals of the draft plan include:

  • Be welcoming and engaging to everyone
  • Celebrate the River as the heart of the park
  • Introduce people to nature and outdoor recreation
  • Provide activity and purpose year-round

Key features of the plan include a new Mississippi Gateway Center, Nature’s Highline (elevated tree canopy walkway), nature play areas, Mini-Mississippi Play and Education Feature, field learning labs, South Pond Learning Lab, nature interpretation nodes, and improved trails, fishing, picnicking, non-motorized boat launch, archery, off-leash dog area, natural areas and more!   

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Learn More

Read the Executive Summary:

Read the Full Draft Plan:

  • Part 1: Title - Table of Contents, Section 1: Partnership, Section 2: Introduction, Section 3: Context
  • Part 2: Section 4: Input, Section 5: Summary, Section 6: Design Guidance
  • Part 3: Section 7: Research, Section 8: Operations and Maintenance, Section 9: Implementation, Appendices

View the Draft Plan Renderings:

Hard copies of the draft master plan are available for review for the duration of the public comment period at locations below.  Sites denoted with an asterisk (*) also have a master plan summary board on display.  

Three Rivers Park District
Administration Center
3000 Xenium Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55441

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park 
Visitor Center*
10360 West River Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Brooklyn Park
City Hall*
5200 85th Ave. North 
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Brooklyn Park
Community Activity Center*
5600 85th Ave. North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Brooklyn Park Library* - Hennepin County 
8500 W. Broadway Ave.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Open houses are planned for:

General Public Open House 
January 9, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM
Brooklyn Park: Community Activity Center: Grand Room 3 

Neighborhood Open House*
January 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM
Brooklyn Park: Community Activity Center: Grand Room 2
*Geared more for neighborhoods adjacent to the Park, but all are invited to attend

Provide Feedback

The draft master plan is available for public review and comment between January 2, 2018 and January 31, 2018.  Written comments may be submitted to:

Email:                  MissGatewayMP@threeriversparks.org  
US Mail:              Three Rivers Park District 
                            C/O Kelly Grissman, Director of Planning
                            3000 Xenium Lane North
                            Plymouth, MN 55441