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.

Engage with Us

MAR-DEC 2020


Initiate ongoing and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous community.

JAN-DEC 2021


Native Partnership Council sets project values and priorities.

JUL-DEC 2021


Engage with neighborhood groups, technical stakeholders & the public.

JAN-APR 2022


Develop programs and align community feedback.



Consider project alternatives and concepts.


Thoughtful and inclusive engagement is especially difficult today, as we must limit group gatherings and respect social distancing protocols. While we enjoy some opportunities to meet in-person, for the time being, most of our engagement opportunities have moved online. Engage with us through a series of webinars, round table discussions, presentations to neighborhood associations and digital surveys.


In its launch years, Friends of the Falls convened a coalition of stakeholders from over two dozen local organizations. These entities came to acknowledge not only the site’s ecological significance and industrial history, but also its cultural heritage as home of the Dakota people. Friends of the Falls recognized the need to broaden project engagement and put this missing narrative at the forefront.

This growing community of non-profits, neighborhood associations and civic institutions support transforming the Falls and restoring public access to the riverfront.

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