Club Service Event at Mill Ruins Park Sept. 23

Lend a hand to the National Park Service and help restore the park areas by the historic mill ruins in downtown Minneapolis near St. Anthony Falls.

Join club members and fellow Illini in helping restore native plants in Mill Ruins Park on Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Alumni, friends, and family members 12 years of age or older are invited to participate. The club will assist the Mississippi Connection and National Park Service in the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native species. The Mill Ruins Park is located at 103 Portland Ave S., Minneapolis, near the Stone Arch Bridge on the southwest bank of the Mississippi River.

Stay after the event and join the group for lunch. For those interested, tours of the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam are available at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

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What to Bring:

  • A full water bottle  
  • Sun screen, sun glasses, sweatshirts and tick/mosquito repellent
  • Long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes
  • Appropriate clothing for wet and/or muddy conditions
  • Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service will provide all tools and gloves.
The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather or thunderstorms, the National Park Service will make a determination to postpone.  

About the Park
Mill Ruins Park opened on Oct. 1, 2001, in celebration of the history of 19th-century mills once powered by St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi. During the 19th-century, flour milling put Minneapolis on the map, and the area’s flour was exported around the nation and world. The Mississippi River played a key role in the development of the Milling District at the Minneapolis Riverfront. The mills and canals along the river made up the largest direct-drive, water-powered facilities in the world and greatly increased the production of flour.