Great River Passage News


New website, new commitment to the river

The Great River Passage initiative has been quietly taking shape over the last several months with plans and concepts for park improvements, trails and infrastructure, and programming coming to light.   

To better share information and project updates with the public, we launched a new website earlier this year. With many projects outlined in the plan expected to take off this year, we want to inform and connect residents to the initiative and the river. Check out the new, improved website at


Meet the GRP team

The Great River Passage team is in place and excited to continue working to connect people to recreational and environmental amenities along the 26 miles of Mississippi Riverfront in Saint Paul. 

Mary deLaittre, Great River Passage Manager
Mary brings with her a proven expertise to realize complex civic projects. Past projects range from developing and managing RiverFirst, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board led revitalization of 5.5 miles of the Mississippi, to most recently working with the City of Wayzata developing and implementing a strategy to realize Lake Effect Park, the enhancement of the Minnetonka lakefront, and the private funding partner Lake Effect Conservancy. She also served as the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, where she transformed the organization to focus on its new mission, creating the Next Generation of Parks™.


Angie Tillges, Great River Passage Fellow
Angie is a public space artist and educator who is skilled at working with public institutions and community organizations on projects of social, artistic, and ecological importance. She leads projects that provide people the opportunity to make personal and lasting connections with public spaces in their communities.

She recently served as Senior Program Specialist for the Chicago Park District’s Department of Culture Arts and Nature where she spearheaded cultural partnerships and developed a public database of cultural space within the city’s250+ fieldhouses. Prior to that, she was Associate Artistic Director for Redmoon, a Chicago-based public art and spectacle organization from 2007-2013 where she facilitated projects with neighborhoods, schools, and community groups throughout the city. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hamline University.

In the news

St. Paul puts riverfront plan into action (KARE 11)

Great River Passage plan connects St. Paul with Mississippi River (Star Tribune)

About Great River Passage

In 2013 the City of Saint Paul developed the Great River Passage Plan, a comprehensive framework for creating vibrancy in the city’s 3,500 acres of parkland along the river. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department is now implementing the next phase of the Great River Passage – a bold, strategic vision to steward and tap into the potential of the 26 miles of riverfront in Saint Paul. By implementing the plan, the city will create places and activities that strengthen existing connections and create new ones along the Mississippi. Learn more at