City of Saint Paul seeks ideas for the former Minnesota Centennial Showboat at Harriet Island Regional Park

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, through its Great River Passage Initiative, announced today that it is seeking ideas from a qualified programming and management partner for the Riverboat, the former Minnesota Centennial Showboat at Harriet Island Regional Park.

The city seeks a managing partner that will creatively explore new programming and service opportunities for the Riverboat venue to create a forward thinking, year-round, multi-functional destination that reflects the community’s values and maximizes the potential of this unique riverside destination.

The Great River Passage Initiative is transforming the way we experience the Mississippi River. Moored at Harriet Island Regional Park in the waters of one of the three great rivers of the world, the Riverboat is a unique asset within that transformation. The call for ideas is the opportunity to re-imagine what this riverboat could be.

The 1899 style Riverboat was rebuilt in 2002 and is currently configured with a 219 seat theater, two interior lobbies that open to exterior decks, bar space, greenrooms on lower level, fully heated and air conditioned for year round use, elevators, and a dock that connects to Harriet Island Regional Park. Additional shore amenities include a ticketing building with bathrooms, open patio spaces, access to parking and the trails at Harriet Island Regional Park.

The city seeks a managing partner with an innovative concept for the Riverboat. Partner will have the opportunity to integrate with the Great River Passage, network of partners at Harriet Island Regional Park and most importantly serve the mission of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, making Saint Paul the most livable city in America by facilitating the creation of active lifestyles, vibrant places and a vital environment. Parks and Recreation achieves their mission by, responding creatively to change, innovating with every decision, and connecting the entire city.

An optional proposal meeting and site visit for interested respondents will be held on November 29 5:00-6:00 PM and 30 10:30-11:30 AM. The Riverboat is located at Harriet Island Regional Park in Saint Paul. Official submission details, proposal requirements and additional information can be found at www.stpaul.gov/riverboat. Final proposals are due on December 30, 2016 by 4:30 p.m.