The former “Ford Site” is now branded “Highland Bridge” and includes 122 acres along the Mississippi River and was the former home of Ford Motor Companies Twin Cities Assembly Plant. Within those 122 acres, four city-owned parks comprising approximately 9 acres, have been platted and designed. In addition to the four city-owned parks, there will be privately owned spaces available for public use.
City Council approved names for the four parks at Highland Bridge. See the press release (pdf) for more details.
Gateway Park reflects the importance of this entry point to the city and to the neighborhood, and also references a gateway in time bridging the past to the future
Uŋči Makȟa Park means “Mother Earth” in Dakota includes geography and features that connect people from the developed site to more natural areas including access to Hidden Falls Regional Park. The park links the stormwater system from the neighborhood into the daylighted creek to the falls.
Míča Park reflects both Indigenous Recognition and Local Wildlife. There is a history of coyote families at the Highland Bridge site that come up from the rail site through this area. Míča is the abbreviation for “coyote” in Dakota.
Construction of Gateway Park and Uŋči Makȟa Park begins spring 2021. In addition, the extension of a daylighted stormwater channel south from Uŋči Makȟa Park is also being constructed by Ryan Companies. This project is referred to as Mississippi Boulevard Crossing with the bridging of Mississippi River Boulevard and the trail over the daylighted creek channel.