About River's Edge

Convention Center History


St. Cloud was founded in 1856 and grew up along the Mississippi River. The City's scenic and energetic downtown formed on the river's edge. More than a century later, the City conceived and built the St. Cloud Civic Center at a cost of $10.9 million in 1989. It was natural to build the center along the banks of the Mississippi with the river as its principal focus. Meeting rooms were located facing the river, and the common space was designed to facilitate access from the street to the panoramic views of the river. The new Civic Center became a hub of activity in St. Cloud, the scene of thousands of conferences, trade shows, weddings, and consumer, sports, and regional events.
 
By the early 2000s, it was clear that size limitations kept the Civic Center from realizing its full potential. After a decade of planning, negotiations and acquisitions, St. Cloud embarked on a $22 million expansion funded by the local food and beverage tax. Completed in January 2012, the project nearly doubled the size of the center, while enhancing all spaces and improving parking options. As a fitting touch, the center was renamed the River's Edge Convention Center to keep the spotlight on the waterway that runs beside it.

Today the River's Edge Convention Center includes180,000 square feet of space, 19 meeting rooms, 60,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space, and a 16,000 square foot ballroom. Three public parking ramps comprising more than 1200 stalls are within a block of the facility.   The Convention Center is owned and operated by the City of St. Cloud. Visit the City of St. Cloud website.