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Discovery Walk Co-designing

Public realm along the 2nd Avenue corridor from 2nd Street to 6th Street (Soldiers Field.)

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Plan Phase

Project Type

  Building, Planning  


PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Best Practice, Diversity and Inclusion, Recreation & Open Space, Technology Enablement, Vision/Identity

Level 2: Livable City, Technology, Discovery Square

DMC Impacts:

Discovery Square, UMR and Recreation

Community Health Impacts:


Contact: Kevin Bright ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: DMC EDA

Known/Likely Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; County of Olmsted, MN ; DMC EDA ; Diversity Council ; Mayo Clinic ; Mortenson ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; OpenBeam ; RSP ; Rochester Area Family Y ; Rochester Public Library ; Rochester Public Schools ; United Way of Olmsted County ; Well Living Lab (A Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration)

Potential Collaborators: Lotus Health Foundation

Related Projects

America Community for Health ; DMC Discovery Square Design Process ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) ; Discovery Square One ; Education, Health and Recreation Space (DMC UMR/Rec sub-district) ; Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP) ; Residence at Discovery Square (Third Ave Lofts Residence at Discovery Square) ; Rochester City Transit Development Plan ; Rochester Y Community Health Living Index Assessment (CHLI) ; University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan



Detailed Description













Community Co-Design Concept


March 2021 Presentation




September 2020 Presentation




Discovery Walk Co-Design Session 3 Notes



DMC Discovery Square Open House



Framing the design points:



Key Status Reports

Key reports on: Discovery Walk Co-designing

December 10, 2020 : Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept

Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process. 

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Key reports on: Discovery Walk Co-designing

December 10, 2020 : Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept

Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process. 


General reports on: Discovery Walk Co-designing

May 27, 2021 Discovery Walk

March 2021 DMCC approval for Bid

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January 24, 2020 America’s Community for Health Meeting News

 Meeting material from Jan. meeting:

Macro and micro expected outcomes of the project. 

First pass at co-designer list -- Convening Co-designers

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Key Beam Reports on:

Best Practice, Diversity and Inclusion, Recreation & Open Space, Technology Enablement, Vision/Identity  
July 13, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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July 07, 2021: How to approach a DEI improvement project

 Use the Listen, Learn and Act model to support new DEI leaders in our community. 

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July 05, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021

Key info includes: 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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June 17, 2021: Sustainable, Resilient Rochester

Sustainability Task Force: Presentations to CMRC, Housing and Feedback from survey and action plan

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May 28, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan

2021-05-28 News: Msg from JJ,;  May 2021 TB Report;  ACG pledge , 

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April 27, 2021: Minnesota Compass

OpenBeam presentation at MN Compass, RPL workshop

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March 17, 2021: City of Rochester, MN Study Session on DEI

Rochester City Council session on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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February 15, 2021: Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Usage Enablement (OpenBeam's Learning Journey)

 From the beginning to now, it was a painful and revealing story to learn about the power, complexity and the potential of MS Office 365. 

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February 13, 2021: MHC: Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage - 2021 Grantees is grateful to to have a chance to talk to some of the 2021 MHC Cultural  Identity Grant applicants and recipients. 

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January 14, 2021: 2021 - 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan Document and Sections

Coalition of Community Health Improvement (CHIP) releasing 2021-2023 health improvement plan. 

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January 01, 2021: 2020 Targeted Business, Workforce Participation Reports

2020-12-11 Report; 2020-11-02 October Report; 2020-09-30 September Report 

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Last modified by allnode on 2021/05/12
Created by allnode on 2016/06/07




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