Gateway Park Saint Paul


Thank you to everyone for an incredible Gateway Park opening event on June 14th! It was a bit warmer than 95 degrees but we still had a great turnout for the first of 4 new parks here.

Stay posted for the opening of Uŋči Makha Park later this summer. There will be trails, nature inspired tot lot, off leash dog area, shelters, sand volleyball courts, seating areas and adult fitness area. 

Project Overview

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.

Construction Updates

Construction of Gateway Park is now complete.

Uŋči Makȟa Park will be complete and open yet this summer.  In addition, the extension of a daylighted stormwater channel south from Uŋči Makȟa Park is also being constructed and will be completed in 2022. This project is referred to as Mississippi Boulevard Crossing with the bridging of Mississippi River Boulevard and the trail over the daylighted creek channel.  Mississippi River Boulevard road and the trail on the west side of the road will be open when work is complete. 

Construction of Assembly Union Park will begin summer 2022. The goal is to complete the park so that it can be open in Spring 2023.

Míča Park is currently on hold.

Parks Naming

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

Assembly Union Park recognizes the site's industrial history and the Ford Motor Company workforce as contributing members of the surrounding communities

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.



Open House May 2021

Last Edited: June 15, 2022