The River Balcony project is a 1.5-mile promenade along downtown Saint Paul’s river bluff, connecting public spaces, civic landmarks, and development sites. The promenade serves as a catalyst for real-estate development and will invite visitors to the edge of the city's downtown. The project draws on multiple disciplines, including urban design and landscape architecture, to create a community attraction that capitalizes on the views of and connections to the Mississippi River. The River Balcony transforms urban activated public space that connects parks, landmarks, and private development along Kellogg Boulevard.
The City and Great River Passage Conservancy are working with consultants to complete schematic design for the River Balcony. Schematic design includes site analysis, design concepts, and an overview of the River Balcony’s features and programming, to provide insight into the look and feel of the project. Following schematic design, the City and Conservancy will finalize partner roles and responsibilities, determine and secure funding, and eventually release a request for proposals to construct the River Balcony. The schematic design reveal and community celebration will be early November 2022.