News from the Downtown Alliance
May 31, 2019
A note from the president
Hello friends,

We did it, Saint Paulites - summer has finally arrived! Summer not only brings warmer weather, but it also brings a newly reopened (and beautiful) Rice Park, a full calendar of music on Thursday nights in Mears Park ( Lowertown Sounds), more construction (both buildings and streets), and our Streets of Summer program.

I’m pretty excited about the combination of stewardship and placemaking that will take place during Streets of Summer. Artwork, musicians and our fantastic street team will hit Saint Paul's streets on Monday! It’s going to be a productive (and constructive) summer!

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Our Streets of Summer street team getting ready for Monday!
Streets of Summer kicks off on Monday
Our stewardship program, Streets of Summer, kicks off on Monday! We’re bringing friendly staff, music, activities and art to the streets of downtown Saint Paul in two priority zones – Central Station and the area round Rice Park, Landmark Plaza and Hamm Plaza – to help us explore a potential business improvement district for Saint Paul’s city center. Streets of Summer received funding from the Knight Foundation, John and Ruth Huss, and Dr. Lowell Hellervik.

Rice Park is open and better than ever
After a year of renovations, Rice Park is officially open to the public! The newly updated space boasts new sidewalks and curbing, as well as brand-new landscaping. Gifted to the City of Saint Paul in the 1800s, this historic public spot will be filled with activity this summer, from this weekend's Flint Hills Family Festival to Streets of Summer programming to Music in the Parks.

Rendering of park renovation from the City of Saint Paul
Lowertown Sounds to fill Mears Park this summer
The summer tradition of free, live, local music on Thursday nights in Mears Park continues this year with Lowertown Sounds! This weekly concert in the park starts next week on June 6, 6:30-9 p.m., and runs through August. Make a night out of it and enjoy the food trucks and beer and wine vendors!

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Rendering courtesy of Reuter Walton