Saint Paul Eco-Marina

by David Sabaka | Apr 02, 2013
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I would construct a vibrant Eco-Marina below the newly restored Union Depot train station, located on downtown Saint Paul's riverfront to celebrate our magnificent, environmental treasure. I propose that the Saint Paul Eco-Marina would be in partnership with a Eco-Marina to be constructed below Saint Anthony Falls, south of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the East Bank Flats. This partnership would strengthen the sisterhood of Minneapolis and Saint Paul by embracing the river as a liquid conduit between the Twin Cities. The Eco-Marinas would provide stroll-able dock and boat slips for canoe, kayak and larger group classroom canoe rentals. Dockside vendors could market picnic lunches. Cafes, Bistros and Delis could grace the boardwalks of both Marinas. Leisure travelers could depart Minneapolis and paddle casually down stream towards and afternoon, evening or overnight stay in Saint Paul, returning to Minneapolis by light rail. Those more athletically inclined may choose the opposite direction. Shuttles would mediate the balance of the rented watercraft. Boat slips could also accommodate festive venues such as "Paddle Pubs" and aquatic version of the popular Pedal Pubs similar to those seen on our streets today.

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Sabaka

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Saint Paul Eco-Marina

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

I would construct a vibrant Eco-Marina below the newly restored Union Depot train station, located on downtown Saint Paul's riverfront to celebrate our magnificent, environmental treasure. I propose that the Saint Paul Eco-Marina would be in partnership with a Eco-Marina to be constructed below Saint Anthony Falls, south of the Stone Arch Bridge, on the East Bank Flats. This partnership would strengthen the sisterhood of Minneapolis and Saint Paul by embracing the river as a liquid conduit between the Twin Cities. The Eco-Marinas would provide stroll-able dock and boat slips for canoe, kayak and larger group classroom canoe rentals. Dockside vendors could market picnic lunches. Cafes, Bistros and Delis could grace the boardwalks of both Marinas. Leisure travelers could depart Minneapolis and paddle casually down stream towards and afternoon, evening or overnight stay in Saint Paul, returning to Minneapolis by light rail. Those more athletically inclined may choose the opposite direction. Shuttles would mediate the balance of the rented watercraft. Boat slips could also accommodate festive venues such as "Paddle Pubs" and aquatic version of the popular Pedal Pubs similar to those seen on our streets today.

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Aquatically bridging our great river cites and connecting these treasures via this natural connection would provide an historic, educational, urban/wilderness experience. This Eco-friendly experience would enable resident, school children, people of all ages and abilities as well as tourists to participate in the experience of the river's flow rather than simply viewing the river from ashore.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Connecting the residents of the Capitol City with the residents of the City of Lakes, will expand our appreciation and reverence for the abundance of the natural beauty we share. This connection will make an undeniable difference in Saint Paul and a difference in the lives of all who celebrate this experience. The opportunity this organic participation will provide us with an everlasting appreciation appreciation for our great river. The experience of this hands on participation with the river's flow will help us gain a great understanding of Minnesota's historic contribution to the world and foster everlasting environmental appreciation, instill even greater pride, not just for Saint Paul, but for all of Minnesota.

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After all, it is the River that connects us. It is the ripple, caused by each paddle, as it dips softly into the water. this is what inspires us all. It is the ripple we each create that builds the community we share.

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