Harriet Island’s new Pedestrian Gateway Entrance reconnects Saint Paul’s West Side Community to Harriet Island Park and the Mississippi River. TKDA provided landscape architecture to enhance the park while preserving the natural beauty of the area.
The new entrance design incorporates a plaza with a kiosk and interpretive artwork on the Water Street side of the levee. The plaza welcomes park visitors and provides information relative to the park and its Mississippi River Valley setting. The master plan for Harriet Island Park emphasizes relocation of circulation and parking facilities to the perimeter of the park. The Great Lawn in the center of the park has become a new focal point for visitors. Pedestrians from future parking lots along the Water Street side of the levee will access Harriet Island Park via this new entrance.