Project Overview

The former “Ford Site” is now branded as “Highland Bridge” and includes 122 acres of land 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 with design underway. In addition to the four city owned parks, there are also privately owned spaces that will be available for public use.

We Welcome Your Input

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and Ryan Companies thanks those who provided input for the development of the park designs.  The results from the December 2020 survey helped to inform the final construction plans. Survey results and survey reference plans. Final results were presented at the Parks Advisory Committee meeting on January 19, 2021, and are posted below under “Parks Advisory Committee Meeting #5”

Park Naming Process

We don’t often have the opportunity to get four new parks in our system! And now we get to name them too. The four public parks at Highland Bridge will be named in early 2021, and we would love your input so that we can provide park names that are unique and relate to the overall place, the history and the hopes for the future of these public spaces.  We encourage you to review the plans for the parks and understand more about them by looking through the presentations from the Parks Advisory Committee meetings. The four parks locations are shown here and the proposed programs can be found on this table. Please see the guidelines for naming parks and submit your suggestions to

Community Engagement

The community engagement for open space on the site began many years ago along with the anticipated development of the Ford Motor Company property. The culmination of that planning work the City of Saint Paul adopted 2017 Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan, which calls for a vibrant mixed-use urban village to be integrated into the existing community. The Ford Site Master Plan incorporated many ideas from a decade of community engagement on how to bring the site to life.

The specific design of the parks is currently underway with the Ryan team leading the community engagement process. (Insert document).  Ryan has attended community events and provided a survey to gage the community’s interest and needs for the open space on site.  Results of the survey work are included in the first PAC meeting presentation.

Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) meets virtually at significant points in the design process, from initial schematic design through design development. The original engagement plan included 3 meetings of the PAC, however we have determined that more meetings will be necessary to get the feedback and input needed for all four parks. 

The PAC is made up of representatives from several groups and below is a list of the individuals you can reach out to with questions and input you may have.

Parks Advisory Committee Members List



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Community Engagement Meetings

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    PAC 1 Homework Results – PAC members were asked to provide feedback on programming and placement using a virtual whiteboard exercise.

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    PAC 2 Homework Results – PAC members were assigned a small group and each group discussed the parks and planning and recorded their thoughts.

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    Ellen Stewart presented the park designs to the Commission on November 12. The action on the agenda for the commission was to approve Resolution 20-18.  The Commissioners laid over the action until the December meeting.

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    Presentation materials will be added soon!

Last Edited: January 19, 2021