discovery walk

Discovery Walk is a traditional public street in the center of downtown Rochester, Minnesota near the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.  Extending from the center of downtown Rochester through Discovery Square, south to Soldier's Field and on to Rochester's City Loop, this project reimagines the street as a green parkway serving pedestrians and cyclists alike. The ultimate intent is for this to transform into a place to lunch or work outside over coffee, for families to bring children to fountains in the summer and swings in the winter, and for residents to walk their dogs and engage with neighbors.


The site design for this four-block segment of Second Ave SW emphasizes flexibility for vehicular access, civic events, and future development, but prioritizes the pedestrian experience above all. The conversion of Discovery Walk from a street to a pedestrian-oriented parkway necessarily transforms downtown Rochester into an inviting and livable space, establishing a much-needed connection between scattered, disparate destinations near the downtown core.  This amenity seeks to future investment, urban growth, and continued public interest along the corridor, and reinforce Rochester’s growing identity as a city for health, wellness, and innovation.


CLIENT: City of Rochester, DMC Economic Development Authority

LOCATION: Rochester, MN

COLLABORATORS: RSP Architects, Kimley-Horn, Latent Design

SIZE (AREA): 3 acres