Stadium Park Runs into a Funding Crunch

The following article by Eric Roper was published in the online edition of the Star Tribune on January 15, 2016 and in the print edition on January 16.

Stadium Park Runs into a Funding Crunch

A rendering of the proposed Commons park, including one of the structures and the water plaza that may be deferred.

Several elements of a downtown Minneapolis park beside the Vikings stadium will likely be put on ice until more private money rolls into an ongoing fundraising effort.

A proposal unveiled Friday to hold off on the construction of two buildings, lawn-side terraces and a water plaza signaled a note of caution in the city’s goals to construct a unique attraction in an up-and-coming corner of downtown. The park matter has taken on growing urgency at City Hall, since a preliminary version of the space will open this summer.

The new plan to delay elements of the project is slated for an initial vote by the City Council next week.

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