Fergus Falls Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan

Open House at Shop, Move 'n' Groove

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Open House at the Fergus Falls Senior Center during Shop Move n' Groove, July 13th! If you didn't get a chance to check out the latest project materials, visit our Project Graphics page.

The Survey is Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan Survey! We collected nearly 200 responses, and your input is currently being processed and summarized.

Project Overview

In October 2016, the City of Fergus Falls embarked on the development of a community vision and master plan for our downtown and riverfront. The desire for a master plan has emerged in part from the recent groundswell of community initiatives related to downtown and the riverfront, such as the Forward Fergus Falls initiative, newly opened segment of the national North Country Trail, planned Glacial Edge Regional Trail, Pedal Fergus Falls, planned Otter Tail River water trail, paddling programs on the river, recently formed Downtown Riverfront Council, Otter Tail Power Company hydroelectric power relicensing process, and possibilities for vacant riverfront industrial sites to be transformed into new development with public access to the river. A top priority of this project is to identify ways to improve and better connect the riverfront to the community, downtown in particular.

The City has contracted with a multi-disciplinary consulting team to facilitate this project and create the master plan. The project team is led by Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. (HKGi), a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm based in Minneapolis. HKGi has partnered with Bolton & Menk Inc. (BMI) for transportation and utilities engineering and Miller Dunwiddie Architects (MDA) for heritage preservation and architecture planning.

This project's master planning process is designed to build upon current and past initiatives related to downtown and the riverfront, facilitate collaboration with citizens and groups who are already engaged in improving downtown and the riverfront, and inviting participation from all who have an interest in this project. Community engagement is a key component of our process, which will encompass a Project Management Team (PMT), Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), key stakeholder listening sessions, roundtable discussions with river-oriented recreation groups and potential developers, online questionnaires, and events for the general public.

Project Area

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Project Approach

The project's study area is envisioned as three distinct, yet interrelated, reaches of the Otter Tail Riverfront - the Downtown or Central Reach, West Reach, and East Reach. While the city's ultimate goal is to better connect these three river reaches (and downtown to the river), we also realize that each reach is unique in its character, issues, and opportunities. At the heart of the master planning process is establishing a future vision, exploring potential future concepts, and identifying the preferred future direction for the riverfront and downtown. We feel that the community's future vision and master plan for the overall riverfront and downtown will be strengthened by building on the unique aspects of the three river reaches. We will explore potential future concepts for each of the three river reaches on the journey to identifying a preferred direction for the entire riverfront study area.

Contact Information

 Please contact Amy Baldwin with any questions regarding this project or to provide general comments.

Amy Baldwin
Executive Director Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission
Phone: 218-332-5428
amy.baldwin@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us