Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park

Mankato, MN

14 Acres

On the banks of the Minnesota River, this exciting and unique space is the result of a cooperative project with the City of Mankato, where this former industrial site was converted into a much-needed gathering space for cultural and recreational activities.

The park, located just north of downtown Mankato is helping to rejuvenate the Old Town District and offers a critical link to the City’s commitment to urban planning. The park provides a new venue for festivals and concerts, improves access to the popular Sakatah Bike Trail, preserves open space for the community, and allows visitors to reconnect to the Minnesota River with access for kayaking and fishing. Educational kiosks dotted along the Park highlight features including an artesian well, plus it identifies the local ecology, geology, and native plants of the Minnesota River Valley.

A new 1,240 square-foot Riverfront Pavilion, including public restrooms, a lobby, and a sheltered picnic area is the central commons area for the park and provides a convenient and user-friendly place to gather. The Pavilion-designed to echo Mankato’s past-blends in with the nearby historic buildings.

The Vetter Stone Amphitheater, a new musical venue within Riverfront Park helps to attract cultural events and festivals for the greater Mankato area including Rib Fest, The Arts by the River Festival, and The Riverbend Blues Festival. The family of the locally owned Vetter Stone quarry donated 1,500 tons of limestone for the project. The amphitheater’s tiered stone walls offer seating for 1,000 people with space for nearly 12,000 on the surrounding lawn. The tensile fabric shelter provides a great sound reflector and lighting backdrop for the stage shows.

Sports and Recreation

  • Cherokee Aquatic Center

  • Clarion Aquatic Center

  • East Leach Park Skateboard Park

  • Fallenstein Field – The Miracle League of North Mankato

  • Faribault High School Fielitz Fitness Center

  • Faribault High School Pool

  • Faribault Ice Arena

  • Faribault Soccer Complex

  • Farmington Synthetic Field

  • Forest City Athletic Facilities

  • Franklin Rogers Park

  • Kasson-Mantorville Field

  • Mankato Community Fields

  • Private: Mankato Family YMCA

  • Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Athletic Facility Master Plan

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Game Room

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato – Recreation & Athletic Field

  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) School District

  • Riverfront Park

  • Storm Lake Trail