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Great River Passage Conservancy Launches Campaign

The Conservancy is an independent nonprofit organization that leads advocacy and private fundraising efforts for the Great River Passage Initiative in partnership with the City of Saint Paul. It has set a $2.2 million goal for its campaign to advance three major projects along the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
The Great River Passage Initiative fosters environmental stewardship, community health and economic development by advancing major projects along the Mississippi River and supporting unique programming opportunities that allow people to experience the river in new ways.
The campaign will fund the initial planning and schematic design of three capital projects. These projects will better connect a more diverse community to the river, improve both community and river health, and support economic development along the river:
• River Balcony: A 1.5-mile promenade that transforms urban infrastructure into public space, connecting parks, civic landmarks and private development along Kellogg Boulevard and down to the Mississippi River.
• River Learning Center and proposed National Park Service Headquarters: A year-round gateway to the Mississippi River, providing river experiences that honor, teach and promote stewardship of the river’s unique culture, history and ecology.
• East Side River District: A dynamic urban landscape that reveals the complex systems and stories of the East Side, heals a compromised landscape, connects the area to the larger city, and protects culturally sacred sites and sensitive ecological systems.
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