Fergus Falls Downtown and Riverfront Redevelopment Plan

An HKGi-led planning team conducted a master planning process for redevelopment of the downtown and the riverfront along the Otter Tail River in Fergus Falls.  The extensive project area along the river corridor featured a variety of landscapes, character elements, and redevelopment opportunities and challenges.  For each area the planning team developed strategies to address topics such as connectivity, gateways, river views, land uses, and opportunity sites with an emphasis on ensuring that redevelopment would accommodate new recreational trails and amenities that connect the community to its riverfront.

The team created redevelopment concepts for five key opportunity sites, including street section illustrations, precedent imagery, and implementation strategies.  Concepts include a riverfront balcony and amphitheater, the revival of a civic mall concept, new mixed-use and multi-family housing, and new park and trail amenities along the riverfront that feature new opportunities for water-based recreation on the river.


Engagement included 2-day design charrette and developer’s roundtable

Redevelopment concepts for 5 key opportunity sites

River balcony concept currently in implementation phase

Downtown plan integrated with HKGi’s Glacial Edge Regional Trail Master Plan


Fergus Falls, Minnesota


City of Fergus Falls


2019 Minnesota APA District Director’s Award

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