Community Engagement and Participation

We believe community engagement is the foundation for any successful project - and that it should always be useful, timely and fun.

Learn more about our approach here >, and check out the list below for some of our recent community engagement projects.

Trunk Highway 252 is a four-mile signalized highway that provides a crucial north-south connection between Interstates 94/694 and Highway 610 to the north. MnDOT, Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are studying several access concepts to improve safety and mobility at the six intersections along the corridor.

Development of the Bottineau LRT line is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a city-shaping, multi-modal spine for the communities along its length. Ensuring that the corridor’s diversity of residents, partners, and communities — including under-represented, transit-dependent, and health-disparity communities — have full opportunity to participate in and shape essential walking and biking access to stations will result in a line that grows ridership, meets the needs of potential users, and provides ladders of opportunity for all area residents.

CDG is providing Hennepin County with design services in support of the Bottineau Boulevard (CSAH 81) roadway reconstruction project in the City of Brooklyn Park. The project will transform 1.5 miles of the existing 4-lane rural roadway into a 6-lane urban roadway with new walking and biking facilities (as recommended in CDG’s 2015 Brooklyn Park Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan).

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update for the City of Minneapolis included a total rethinking of city priorities for the built, natural, and economic environment of the City. Equity, livability and sustainability are core values of the 2040 Plan.

With productivity that exceeds many large city systems, CyRide provides transportation for students, faculty, and staff to reach Iowa State University (ISU). In 2016, the transit system began a year-long study to determine the most efficient way to run the bus system. As part of the study, CyRide seeks to expand its services by providing intra-city connections for residents and employees. Community Design Group led community engagement services for this system update.

CDG designed and facilitated community engagement activities for the City of Minneapolis’ project to redesign Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street West to 36th Street West. The purpose of the engagement events was to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, seek ideas on the future of the corridor, and let the public know how to stay engaged with the project.

CDG is part of a project team working with the City of Ames, Iowa and CyRide to update the city's current transit system.

CyRide is the transit system operating in Ames. The system provides important connectivity between Iowa State University (ISU) and the City of Ames. In fact, over 90% of all rides on the CyRide network are from ISU students, with each ISU student generating about 170-180 trips per year!

CDG is working with other project partners to develop a long-term vision for the reconstruction of the TH 59 Corridor in Worthington, MN. TH 59 is a primary route through the commercial district of Worthington.

The Kenilworth Corridor Landscape Design project incorporates the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project alongside the existing regional walking and biking trail (which serves nearly 600,000 people annually). The corridor features separate trails for people who walk and bike, and provides connections to several major trails in the wider metro area.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is developing a plan for a statewide network of bicycle routes to connect local and regional destinations across Minnesota.

Community engagement (conducted statewide) is a vitally-important part of this project as members of the public have insights and experiences that can help MnDOT develop better facilities and routes and ultimately develop a more useful and user-friendly bicycle network throughout the state.

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