News from the Downtown Alliance
July 16, 2020
A note from the president


It was wonderful to see some of you out last week for the first Lowertown Local event in Mears Park. We are truly grateful for everyone that made it possible to enjoy an evening together, despite the need for masks and physical distancing. Special thanks to The Bulldog, Aja, Solomon and Kavi, Friends of Mears Park, SPPD, Saint Paul Parks and Rec, Councilmember Noecker and many Lowertown residents who helped imagine what a community event could look like in the time of COVID. We hope to be able to continue these events Thursday evenings throughout the end of summer. Events like these and the Films and Fireworks events hosted by the Saints are great to help us all remember what we love most about our downtown. More information about tonight's gathering is below.
Finally, there have been ongoing discussions regarding a bonding bill during special session at the State Capitol this week, which would potentially include some significant projects in downtown Saint Paul – see the article below to learn more. As I've mentioned in the past, these types of investments are critical to downtown and a smart way to accelerate economic recovery. We'll be eager to see what happens in the coming days.

Stay safe and be well,
Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Bonding bill moves forward
After passing through the Ways and Means Committee earlier this week, a $1.35 billion bonding bill moves closer to passage. The bonding bill includes funds that benefit downtown and the greater East Metro including $55 million for repairs to the Kellogg / Third Street Bridge into downtown.

Lowertown Local Community Gathering

Come together tonight to enjoy an evening in the park with neighbors and friends. 

Mears Park
Thursday, July 16
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary pizza will be available at Big River Pizza for the first 80 neighbors who mention the Lowertown Local event. Stop by for a slice to bring back to the park. All are also encouraged to buy takeout from local businesses or bring a picnic into Mears.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Social distancing must be observed in the park and masks are encouraged. 
Friday Night Films & Fireworks
Films and fireworks at CHS Field continues this week and next.

July 17 - Toy Story
July 24 - The Goonies

Tickets must be purchased in advance to reserve a spot and ensure proper social distancing within CHS Field, but you won't need a movie pass in order to enjoy the fireworks throughout downtown the month of July.

Have questions?