MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The General Mills Foundation has donated $3 million to help fund park projects along the Mississippi River waterfront in Minneapolis.

The food company announced the gift Wednesday at an event in the Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, the place where the company was founded 150 years ago.

The money will go to the RiverFirst Campaign, an initiative by the Minneapolis Park Board to transform the city’s once-heavily industrial upper Mississippi River waterfront into a cultural and recreational destination.

The grant will fund three projects including an expansion of Mill Ruins Park through a project called Water Works. The two others will give north Minneapolis residents more recreational access to the river.

RiverFirst has now raised $9 million toward its $15 million goal.

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