A note from the president
As I’m sure you know, it's been another big week of news, announcements and stories. Aside from the big news from Governor Walz that the statewide mask mandate will be lifted for fully vaccinated Minnesotans in most circumstances, plenty else has been going on as well.
On Tuesday night, Lowertown welcomed the newly minted Triple-A St. Paul Saints back to CHS Field for the 2021 season. We stopped by to enjoy the festivities and despite a tough loss, the energy and excitement from the crowd felt like a win.
In other sports news, the Minnesota Wild start their playoff run this weekend in Las Vegas and will bring it home next Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center. We're looking forward to cheering them on back in the State of Hockey.
Other exciting news and happenings this week:
Ox Cart announced that the best rooftop bar in downtown has officially reopened;
- Viking cruises are officially coming to downtown (more on that below);
City Council approved the next leg of the Capital City Bikeway; and
- The annual Friends of Mears Park planting event is coming up this Sunday morning. Stop by between 9 a.m. and noon to visit with neighbors and enjoy the gardens and restored stream if you're around.
Finally, I got a kick out of this article in the Pioneer Press this morning. There's a decent chance you've heard me share my story of glimpsing the hidden brick and terra cotta façade of the Metro Square Building after a storm blew off one of the blue glass panels years ago. I couldn't believe what was hidden underneath all that glass. I've since learned (after crossing my fingers it wasn't so) that the original façade was too damaged to restore after the metal framework was added in the 50s, but right now you too can get a look at Saint Paul history as the panels are removed for maintenance.
Whew. That's all from me for this week but keep reading for even more downtown goodness.
Enjoy the weekend,
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance