River's Edge Commons Park

Elk River, MN

American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter

Minnesota Recreation and Park Association

River's Edge Commons Park is located in the heart of downtown Elk River, Minnesota. The park connects Main Street to the adjacent Mississippi River and provides a venue for community festivals and concerts in the park, drawing thousands of visitors every year to the downtown.

The City recognized the need to better assure the long-term viability of downtown by making a stronger connection to the rest of the community and by utilizing the riverfront location. River's Edge Commons Park is critical to that plan and has provided a significant economic boost to the downtown business district since opening in 2007.

The design process for the park began when Hoisington Koegler Group was commissioned by the City to develop park concepts and complete construction documents for the design, culminating in the construction of the park in the summer of 2007. The design incorporates an upper square with shade trees and a popular in-grade fountain feature at the street level, a grand staircase with a terraced stone amphitheater at the hillside, and a performance area and gazebo overlooking the River below. The project has earned high reviews from the public and the industry, being recognized with an honor award by the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association as a significant public park space.