Discovery Walk is a linear parkway, four city blocks long, that will serve pedestrians as well as vehicle access and will connect Heart of the City to Soldier’s Field Park and Peace Plaza. This project will create a high-amenity pedestrian experience while also maintaining flexibility for bike and vehicular access, civic events, and future development.
Breaking ground on April 11, 2022, the design inspiration for Discovery Walk is the Rochester and Southern Minnesota topography. The City of Rochester falls within the Driftless Area: the only region in North America that was never glaciated and contains deeply-carved river valleys. With the limestone walkways, limestone Berms, and soil berms its mimics the region we live in.