City Council voted to support downtown park design–if long-term maintenance is secured.
The last-minute condition convinced a wide majority of the council to support the concept for a new park that will sit in the shadow of the Vikings stadium and Wells Fargo’s new downtown campus. There’s still plenty of challenges ahead, most prominently the need to raise $22 million for the park’s construction.
But the council voted to kick in $2 million toward that total on Friday for the initial design, reversing earlier expectations that the city would be reimbursed for those design costs. That’s in order to satisfy donors who wanted the city to commit funding to the design plan, the mayor’s office said this week.
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