The following article by Kristen Leigh Painter and Rochelle Olson was published in the Minneapolis StarTribune on December 15, 2015
Vikings Will Help Pay for Park Near New Stadium
Hargreaves Associates and the City of Minneapolis
Rendering of the park with a view to the new Vikings stadium Downtown East Commons
The Minnesota Vikings are nearing terms for a donation to the new Commons park in downtown Minneapolis, which is still less than halfway funded.
The team, which helped pay for the land for the park near its new stadium, will also contribute to its construction, Vikings Executive Vice President Lester Bagley said Monday during a meeting of the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities. He said the team would ask some of its partners to help pay for the park, too.
Terms of an agreement between the Vikings and Green Minneapolis, the conservancy organization charged with park fundraising, are likely to be finalized this week. A source familiar with the discussions said the team will contribute $2 million. The Vikings and the conservancy declined to discuss specifics.
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