Father Hennepin Bluff Park Update: Restroom building open, park expected to reopen in June

New restrooms are open, fencing scheduled to come down in June, concerts return July 11

Father Hennepin Bluff Park is on track to fully reopen in June after a major renovation project. 

The new restroom building next to the Stone Arch Bridge is open, along with a new drinking fountain and water dish for dogs. Park Forestry staff will remove storm-damaged tree branches in the park as soon as spring tree planting is finished.

New grass that was seeded throughout the park this spring still needs more time to establish before fencing can come down and the park can fully reopen, likely sometime in June. Please stay off these areas and respect signage and fencing. An update will be sent as soon as an opening date is decided.

Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks returns to Father Hennepin on July 11 with a 7 pm concert from local R&B artist Barlow followed by a special movie screening from the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. Free weekly concerts will take place on the new stage next to Stone Arch Bridge throughout July and August. Use the link below to view the lineup.

Father Hennepin Bluff Music in the Parks Schedule

Project Details

This Father Hennepin Bluff Park Improvements project includes:

  • A new performance stage with seasonal restrooms
  • New park entry plaza spaces
  • Upgraded lights, path connections, wayfinding signage and trail markings
  • Landscape and stormwater management improvements

The improvements are focused on the upper part of the park, not the lower paths closer to the Mississippi River.