The Falls Initiative

Join the conversation to shape the future of the Upper Lock.

Engage with Us

Early Summer 2020

Get Involved

You are invited to attend a series of online webinars and community presentations about The Falls Initiative. Learn about the site, meet our team, and find out how to get involved.

Late Summer & Fall 2020

Concept Design

Tell us what you think by attending a community event, hosting a Meeting in a Box, taking an online survey, or joining a design charrette. Your input informs the creation of multiple design and programming alternatives for the Upper Lock.

Winter 2020-21


Together, we’ll turn community priorities into a preferred concept design, shaping an iconic riverfront that embraces its natural & cultural significance.

February 2021

A Shared Vision

The community conversation will culminate with the release of a preliminary concept design at our city’s biggest community event of the year, the Community Connections conference.

Share your photos, memories, and ideas!


Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

  • CANCELLED: Open Streets Franklin

    Find Friends of The Falls among the many local businesses, artists, community groups and institution...

    July 12 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Meeting

    Learn about The Falls Initiative and upcoming engagement opportunities, and receive an update on Fri...

    July 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Minneapolis Aquatennial

    Friends of The Falls joins Aquatennial festivities to celebrate the great city of Minneapolis! Learn...

    July 22 - July 25

Voices of the Falls Blog

Share Your Voice

Share Your Voice

June 1, 2020

By Mark Andrew | June 1, 2020 Exactly five years ago today—June 1, 2015—the northern-most and newest federal Lock and Dam, was closed to navigation. It is an imposing structure … Read More