Downtown Riverfront Improvements, City of Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Downtown Riverfront Improvements

In early 2018, the City of Fergus Falls adopted a Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan. The goal of the plan was to identify economic, recreation, and community gathering space opportunities throughout the Ottertail River corridor and through the City of Fergus Falls.

After completion of the master plan, Bolton & Menk completed design development documents to advance early implementation activities through a two-block corridor along the river in the city’s downtown. Proposed improvements included a river market structure, regional bike trail, pedestrian improvements, and public gathering spaces such as interactive water/art features and an amphitheater.

The master plan and design development relied heavily on public input. Bolton & Menk hosted pop-up displays at several community events. Both online and paper surveys, social media, and direct mailings were used to distribute information and garner feedback. Additionally, the city had an all-city class reunion where they wanted to unveil the new riverfront redevelopment design. We developed an animation to bring the architectural renderings to life. The video has been well received. Completion of the master plan and design development document allowed the city to pursue and secure funding. Final design and construction began in 2019.

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