West Side Flats Greenway
With financial assistance from U.S. EPA's Area-Wide Brownfields Planning Grant and Site Assessment Grant, the City of Saint Paul is moving forward with the environmental assessment, programming, and design of the West Side Flats greenway. This greenway was identified in the West Side Flats Master Plan and Development Guidelines, which was adopted by the City Council in 2015.
Greenway Programming and Design Input Opportunities
The City and its project partners, including the West Side Community Organization, undertook a robust public input process between July 2016 and April 2017. Those who live, work, or visit the West Side had the opportunity to weigh in on what activities will occur in the greenway and how the space is ultimately designed. These opportunities included:
- Future Sol: Earth Day Event to Celebrate and Plan the West Side Flats Greenway on April 22.
- A Greenway Planning Community Kick Off Meeting and Movie in the Park on August 11.
- Community design workshop.
- Brownfields 101 on January 26, 2016.
What is a Greenway?
As planned, the greenway will be both a park space and a stormwater management area that will collect and treat stormwater for multiple parcels and street rights of way. This is an innovative project for the City in that stormwater is typically managed on a parcel-by-parcel basis. Instead of storing water in underground vaults or flowing through the storm sewer, the water will be collected and made an amenity for the park. The City is working to implement the greenway concept in a number of areas slated for new development throughout the city. This storyboard describes the city's vision.
Greenway Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (November 2017)
EPA Green Infrastructure Report
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages communities to use green infrastructure to help manage stormwater runoff, reduce sewer overflows, and improve water quality. Read more about the West Side Flats Greenway Conceptual Green Infrastructure Design in the report below.