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January 1 Newsletter from Green Minneapolis

Via a January 1 e-newsletter from Green Minneapolis:

It is remarkable to look back on 2018 and see how much we have transformed downtown, together. 

Now in its second year, annual attendance at THE COMMONS has grown to over 600,000. Green Minneapolis hosted 103 free public events throughout the year, from our farmers market and movie series to extraordinary performances by the Minnesota Orchestra and MN Sinfonia. The Commons is knitting together the new neighborhood of East Town. It is your downtown oasis – an exciting place to connect with nature, and community.

In downtown west, Green Minneapolis anchors the public-private partnership that transformed the HENNEPIN-LYNDALE CROSSROADS, adding plantings and greenery to the busy intersection and making it more welcoming to pedestrians.

We also spearheaded the $12 million fundraising campaign to revitalize PEAVEY PLAZA. With contributions from the City, State and many private donors, the project is officially underway. The new Peavey will reopen in Summer 2019, complete with beautiful flowing fountains, a vibrant tree canopy, live music and other special events.

Through GREENING LAB, we provided supplemental watering and maintenance for hundreds of young trees downtown, supporting a crucial phase in trees’ growth cycle. Every successful tree planted helps us grow our downtown forest and transform downtown from gray to green.

Never afraid to think big, we also partnered with the University of Minnesota’s College of Design to envision how the POST OFFICE at 1st Street and Marquette Avenue could take on new life and better connect downtown to the riverfront.

These projects are just the beginning! Every time you get out and experience your downtown, you help us achieve our vision of the green and vibrant downtown Minneapolis of tomorrow.

See you there, in 2019.

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