The Saint Paul City Council approved a $457,000 allocation on November 3 from the Great River Passage Conservancy to design a new Mississippi River education center at Watergate Marina and Crosby Farm Regional Park.

The project has been on the drawing boards for several years. The approximately 25,000-square-foot building would include space for classrooms, National Park Service offices, and such amenities as canoe, kayak, fishing and cross-country ski rentals. The city’s top priorities for the 2022 state bonding bill include $20 million to help build the center.

A $200,000 allocation from the conservancy also was approved by the council in October for designing a River Balcony that would extend along the Kellogg Boulevard river bluff. The project also received $55,000 in state funding.

The council also supported funding last month for the Wabash Avenue Trail Spur in the Midway neighborhood. The project received a $150,000 Local Trail Connection grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and $80,000 from the city’s Public Works Department.

— Jane McClure

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