The city’s grand vision to better connect people to Saint Paul’s 26 miles of Mississippi River Shoreline is becoming reality. On Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-6:00 pm, the riverfront’s sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway will be filled with temporary installations for the public to experience and enjoy during Saint Paul’s first River Balcony Prototyping Festival.
The River Balcony is a 1.5-mile public pathway planned for the downtown Saint Paul river bluff edge from the Science Museum to Union Depot. First envisioned in Saint Paul’s Great River Passage plan, the River Balcony will form a public promenade linking key downtown development sites with restaurants, offices, shops, and open spaces that will overlook the river, and will accommodate walking, outdoors seating, gathering, and public activities.
The Prototyping Festival is hosted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, with support from the City of Saint Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, and the CapitolRiver Council. Funding is provided by the Knight Green Line Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The festival aims to create a more engaging and vibrant riverfront experience and connect people to the Green Line. Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community.