Riverfront Park

Mankato, MN | Sports + Recreation

Overview

On the banks of the Minnesota River, Riverfront Park is an exciting and unique space formed through ISG’s partnership with the City of Mankato, where this former industrial site was converted into a much-needed gathering space for cultural and recreational activities.


Opportunity

A former industrial site provided the perfect location for a large-scale conversion project that would result in a much-needed outdoor park and events space.

Solution

Riverfront Park, located just north of downtown Mankato, is helping to rejuvenate the Old Town District and offers a critical link to the City’s commitment to urban planning. The park provides a new venue for festivals and concerts, improves access to the popular Sakatah Bike Trail, preserves open space for the community, and allows visitors to reconnect to the Minnesota River with access for kayaking and fishing. Educational kiosks dotted along the park highlight features including an artesian well, plus it identifies the local ecology, geology, and native plants of the Minnesota River Valley.

A new 1,240 sq. ft. Riverfront Pavilion, including public restrooms, a lobby, and a sheltered picnic area is the central commons area for the park and provides a convenient and user-friendly place to gather. The Pavilion—designed to echo Mankato’s past—blends in with the nearby historic buildings.

The Vetter Stone Amphitheater, a new musical venue within Riverfront Park helps to attract cultural events and festivals for the greater Mankato area including Rib Fest, The Arts by the River Festival, and The Riverbend Blues Festival. The family of the locally owned Vetter Stone quarry donated 1,500 tons of limestone for the project. The amphitheater’s tiered stone walls offer seating for 1,000 people with space for nearly 12,000 on the surrounding lawn. The tensile fabric shelter provides a great sound reflector and lighting backdrop for the stage shows.

Market News

ISG Strategically Advances Environmental Service Expertise

July 23, 2020 (Bloomington, Minnesota) – ISG, a professional design and engineering firm made a strategic advancement to expand its services by welcoming Julie Blackburn as its new Environmental Practice Group Leader, out of the firm’s Bloomington office. Joining 300+ employee-owners including a team of in-house environmental scientists, Julie, the former Governor’s appointee to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, brings over 25 years of passion for identifying environmental solutions and will guide the firm as it takes the next step in becoming an industry leader in environmental services.
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ISG Named Business of the Year by Grow Cedar Valley

June 22, 2020 (Waterloo, Iowa) – Based on its growing presence in eastern Iowa and efforts to give back to the community, ISG has received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from Grow Cedar Valley, an organization devoted to the growth of businesses in the region. ISG’s Waterloo office was honored as one of two businesses of the year (1-50 full-time employees), marking the firm’s growing impact in the region since expanding its footprint to Waterloo in 2018.
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