Downtown Riverfront Improvements, City of Fergus Falls, Minnesota
The completion of the master plan and design development document has allowed the city to pursue and secure funding for portions of the project.

Downtown Riverfront Improvements

City of Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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 the completion of the master plan Bolton & Menk completed design development documents to move forward with early implementation activities through a two-block corridor along the river in the city's downtown. Proposed improvements that moved forward into design development included a river market structure, regional bike trail, and pedestrian improvements in addition to 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 and project information booths at several community events. Both online and paper surveys along with 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 what the new riverfront redevelopment was going to look like. With a tight timeline, our animation specialist worked directly with our landscape architects to develop an animation to bring the architectural renderings to life. The animation uses a combination of drone video footage and still photography for background imagery of the area with 3D model composited over the images. Cars and people were animated to show activity in the space. The video has been well received. The completion of the master plan and design development document has allowed the city to pursue and secure funding for portions of the project with final design and construction estimated to begin in 2019.