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As another exciting development for the Downtown East area of Minneapolis, plans are underway to create a large public park in the shadow of the new Vikings stadium. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The city of Minneapolis has the design for its $18 million Downtown East Commons park in hand. Now it needs to find the money to build it, an effort that — because of contractual restrictions — won’t have the luxury of tapping into a lucrative naming-rights deal.

Landscape architect Hargreaves Associates, based in San Francisco, presented the first images of the direction the park will take at a public meeting Wednesday night at the Minneapolis Central Library. Featuring a large grassy oval that can accommodate thousands of people, a cafe, a playful water feature and tree-lined walks, the park is a central component of the redevelopment of the area around the new Vikings stadium.

Proposed features of the park–which will accommodate up to 6,000 people–include tree-lined walks, a cafe, art installations, bocce, curling, and play/fitness equipment for children and adults. Also proposed is a “playful” water plaza with mist-producing spouts, which could be replaced by a skating rink during the winter months.

Downtown East Commons Park

Proposed plan for Downtown East Commons park

You can read more about the park’s design and features on the Star Tribune website. We are very excited about all the upgrades coming to the Portland Tower neighborhood, and invite you reserve your unit now!

Downtown East Commons park is planned near the new Minneapolis Portland Tower condos, now under construction and taking reservations!

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