He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Park

Red Wing, MN

HKGi and LOAM Inc. collaborated with the City of Red Wing to develop a new master plan for iconic Barn Bluff Park, which occupies the most prominent landmark in the city. Although the park is an icon of the community and has spiritual significance to the Dakota people, it has suffered from erosion, invasive plant species, access and safety issues, and a sensitive landscape. The new master plan emphasizes stewardship and awareness of the site's historical and cultural significance and restoration and repair of its landscape.

Goals for the master plan include keeping the park as natural as possible through "light touch" interventions and designs; restoring natural and cultural integrity to the park; building a safe, durable trail system and reopen a loop trail through the park; improve wayfinding and hazard awareness; establish a more prominent park entry with appropriate parking facilities; enhance educational and programming opportunities at the park; and promote stewardship among all visitors.