As a result of the Mississippi River Partnership Plan, the City of Brainerd applied for and was awarded a Difference Maker Grant from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to begin the process of implementing some of the recommendations in the Plan. The Brainerd HRA is managing the grant on the City’s behalf.
The two-mile plan area includes recommendations for active and passive improvements. The vision for the riverfront includes public gatherings areas for festivals, improved river access, a riverfront plaza, a multipurpose bridge crossing, and a river education center, as well as possible redevelopment opportunities.
The project area represents an opportunity to reconnect the City and the Mississippi River and create a corridor as a place where residents and visitors can easily access and enjoy year-round natural scenery.