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.

How can you participate?

The City and its project partners, including the West Side Community Organization, is undertaking a robust public input process commencing in July 2016 that is expected through the spring of 2017. Those who live, work, or visit the West Side will have the opportunity to weigh in on what activities will occur in the greenway and how the space is ultimately designed. We are launching our first effort to obtain input on what activities community members and other stakeholders would like to take place in the greenway and how the greenway should function.

Greenway Programming and Design Input Opportunities

Future Sol: Earth Day Event to Celebrate and Plan the West Side Flats Greenway

Date: April 22

Time: 11 a.m to 2 p.m.

Location: Directly to the east of the West Side Flats Apartments (84 Wabasha St. S) in the parking lot at Fillmore Avenue and Harriet Island Boulevard

The City and the Westside Community Organization are hosting an public input event for the West Side Flats Greenway. Activities will include:

  • Opportunity to provide input on design concepts for the West Side Flats Greenway
  • Pot and plant sunflowers in 100 bright yellow buckets and share an inspirational picture or message
  • Enjoy delicious food sold by El Taquito taco truck

Past Activities

  • A Greenway Planning Community Kick Off Meeting and Movie in the Park was held August 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Community design workshop
  • Brownfields 101: January 26,  2016  at 6:30 PM

West Side Flats Greenway
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. 

Environmental Reports

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.

PDF icon EPA Final Report Green Infrastructure 03_03_15.pdf