It was on this week one year ago today that the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance board of directors came together to pass their bylaws, articles of incorporation, and (by the way) named yours truly their new president. Much has happened since then, and there is much in the works. As an organization still very much in its infancy, it is critical that we build our strategies on research and data. That is how our collective efforts will be most successful at driving more vitality and jobs into downtown. That is what we are doing with our stewardship and placemaking program this summer, our development of a coordinated pitch book for downtown, our advocacy work, and everything else we do for downtown. We hope you'll be able to join us next week as I talk more about our first year and what's next for the Downtown Alliance at the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce May Member Meeting.
Congratulations to the Saints on the season opener and grand opening of the City of Baseball Museum! And also be sure to check out the great profile below on the mighty B Kyle! Finally, many many thanks to the Downtown Alliance volunteers and Ecolab employees who worked with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation to help plant the flowerbeds at Landmark Plaza this week!
See you all around (down)town,
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Baseball, burgers and brews downtown this weekend
The St. Paul Saints are back in action! Our favorite downtown homers kicked off the season last night with a game against the Milwaukee Milkmen. Tickets are still available for the rest of the series this weekend. When you go be sure to keep an eye out for the new ball pig with an impressive title and legacy to uphold and see below for a great scoop on where to eat at CHS Field.
Also happening this weekend is the 6th Annual Twin Cities Burger Battle at Harriet Island. This event is considered by many to be the best food and dining event of the year! Dozens of restaurants and breweries will be taking part, and a tickets will get you unlimited access to food and drinks for the afternoon.
Did you know? The history of peregrine falcons in downtown Saint Paul
Did you know that since 1988 peregrine falcons (the fastest birds in the world!) have been nesting on the side of the Bremer Bank Building in downtown? What's more, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Peregrine Project have set up a live stream video of the nest where you can check out what they're up to any time - including three new chicks that just hatched. Downtown Saint Paul is one of several locations throughout the state helping to restore the peregrine population.