Join the conversation to shape the future of the Upper Lock

We aim to provide engagement opportunities for all Minneapolis communities – especially those who have been historically excluded, under-represented or under-resourced – so all can participate in public planning and decision-making to achieve equitable consensus on this project.

Friends of the Falls has also partnered with the Native American Community Development Institute to train our staff and board members on issues sensitive to the Native American community and create meaningful engagement with First Nations people.

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 2020-2021


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.


Thoughtful and inclusive engagement is especially difficult today, as we must limit group gatherings and respect social distancing protocols. For the time being, we have moved most of our engagement opportunities online. Engage with us through a series of webinars, round table discussions, presentations to neighborhood associations and digital surveys. We look forward to a time when we can gather together again and envision the future of the Upper Lock.


Join the growing community of non-profits, neighborhood associations and civic institutions who share our vision for transforming the Falls.

Friends of the Falls has convened coalition meetings with over two dozen organizations and government entities in the spirit of coordination and shared visioning for the Lock and its broader context, including the Central and Upper Riverfront.


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