The park is jointly operated by the City of Minneapolis and the Three River Park District. These entities have invested significant money into the park in the mid and late 2000s, including construction of a visitors center.
This author first found the park when looking for vantage points to photograph the I-694 bridge. In past years, there was a temporary boat dock that allowed one to walk out into the river to see the I-694 bridge. In 2008, that temporary dock was replaced with a permanent structure. The new pier is built much like a bridge. A set of pilings was sunk to create a permanent pier. A cap was placed on top of the two pilings. Concrete girders were then placed between the abutment at the shoreline to the pier cap. Once the girders were in placed and cross-braced, a concrete deck and railings were installed.
The photo above is a profile view of the fishing pier. Note that a retaining wall has been built to help prevent shoreline erosion.