The following article by Cory Zurowski was published in City Pages on November 25, 2015
News of the Stadium Park Funding Just Keeps Getting Worse
Taxpayers will fund most of the park while their enjoyment is relegated to days when important people don’t kick them out.
DOWNTOWN EAST COMMONS
Buried late in the Minneapolis City Council November 20 meeting was a nugget about the Commons Park fundraising campaign. The four-acre green space adjacent to the new football stadium is currently under construction, yet an estimated $15 million is still needed to complete the project. It’s slated to open next summer.
To that end, the council approved the acceptance of charitable donations to the project.
Minneapolis taxpayers have already ponied up in excess of $20 million for the park, even though it will often be off-limits to the public. An agreement gives first dibs to the Vikings for up to 60 days a year. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the public entity overseeing stadium construction, will get another 40 days.