July 25, 2018, COALITION MEETING #3: The Disposition Study Process
Coalition organizations and stakeholders convened at the Hennepin County Central Library for a briefing from US Army Corps representatives on the federal disposition study process, and heard from Congressional staff in Washington D.C. about the 2018 Water Resources Development Act, which was expected to (and did) provide additional guidance on the disposition of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock. The City of Minneapolis provided an update on the City's actions, and key stakeholder organizations shared a summary of what objectives have been identified as being held in common with regard to the disposition.
January 2018 State Legislative Tour, MN Senate Capital Committee
Repurposing the Upper Lock is priority #4 on the City of Minneapolis’ list of priorities for state funding. On January 10, State Senators on the capital committee toured the Upper Lock with staff from the City of Minneapolis Intergovernmental Relations, Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development, National Park Service, and representatives of Friends of the Lock & Dam. Materials provided to legislators included The Falls Project Summary and Compiled Letters of Support, and a copy of the National Parks Conservation Association ideas book “Transforming the Lock.”
November 2, 2017, COALITION MEETING #2: Poster Session & Programming Principles Workshop
The second Upper Lock Coalition meeting was attended by 40 people representing 21 stakeholder organizations and 4 government entities. The focus of the meeting was to build awareness and inspire coordination related to future programs and activities on the Lock and for the Upper Riverfront. The agenda was twofold: first, a Poster Session that brought together 13 organizations working on projects and initiatives related to the riverfront (or connections to it); and second, a facilitated small group Workshop wherein stakeholders convened in small groups to share knowledge and ideas, then marked up large maps and worksheets with group observations and recommendations. After the exercise, groups presented their findings and recommendations, and materials were collected and summarized as outcomes. The Poster Session roster and workshop outcomes are linked below.
October 2017 State Legislative Tour, MN House Capital Committee
Predesign for redevelopment of the Upper Lock is #4 on the City of Minneapolis’ list of priorities for State bonding. On October 2, Minnesota Management & Budget staff toured the Upper Lock with staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, City of Minneapolis Intergovernmental Relations, Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development, and representatives of Friends of the Lock & Dam. On October 10, members of the State House of Representatives took the tour as well. Materials provided to legislators included The Falls Project Summary and Compiled Letters of Support, and a copy of the National Parks Conservation Association ideas book “Transforming the Lock.”
June 2, 2017, COALITION MEETING #1: Formation of the Coalition
The first Upper Lock Coalition meeting was attended by 48 people representing 20 stakeholder organizations and 5 government entities. The objective of the meeting was to begin to build a coalition to re-purpose the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock to a public purpose, and to craft a coalition statement that all stakeholder organizations could support. The agenda included spotlight presentations by the National Park Service (John Anfinson, MNRRA Superintendent), Mississippi Park Connection (Katie Nyberg), the National Parks Conservation Association (Christine Goepfert), Meet Minneapolis (Kevin Hanstad), the Minneapolis Park Foundation (Tom Evers), and Friends of the Lock & Dam (Kjersti Monson). Attendees were also briefed on disposition considerations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Nanette Bischoff), and on pending FERC decisions pertinent to the Crown Hydro license amendment (Edna Brazaitis, Irene Jones, and Lisa Hondros). The meeting concluded with a universal show of hands in support of the coalition statement, which garnered more formal expressions of support from 11 organizations whose boards chose to formally endorse the statement and provide permission to display their logo with it.