The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is leading a team to reconstruct Hall’s Island, which was destroyed by industrial development in the 1960s.
Located just north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge, the site is being excavated to create a new back channel that will re-separate the island from the mainland.
In the process, 1,000 linear feet of armored shoreline will be transformed into nearly 3,000 feet of habitat-rich shoreline. The new island will feature a diverse array of native vegetation to support local wildlife and provide a safe stopover for birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway.
The reconstruction of Hall’s Island is a priority in the RiverFirst Initiative — part of a long-term vision to transform the Minneapolis riverfront from a degraded industrial zone to a welcoming destination that combines public access with ecological benefits.
When completed, the restored island will stretch from the northern edge of the Scherer site to just south of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. The iconic Boom Island Lighthouse will become a part of Halls’ Island. The channel between the island and the Scherer Site will be approximately 120 feet to 150 feet wide and 6 feet deep, depending on river conditions.
The restoration of Hall’s Island is expected to be completed by summer 2018.