The Lowertown Ballpark will be for more than just baseball. In fact, the ballpark may host more than 100 community events throughout the year. These events would bring thousands of visitors to downtown Saint Paul, creating new energy in the Lowertown neighborhood. Please let us know what type of community events you would like to see at the Lowertown Ballpark.
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Anne Bartz inside Ward 2:
I am very excited about having the St. Paul Saints downtown where they belong. I would like to see concerts at the Ballpark too. Acts like Joe Bonamassa and Them Pesky Kids.
I do hope that the parking situation can be worked out with Market House. I noted a suggestion from a gentleman in West St. Paul for a parking ramp. The suggested location seems good to me. Could there be special permits for downtown residents at reduced parking prices in such a ramp?
Jessie Brecke inside Ward 6:
I would love to see music events at the ballpark, as well as family-friendly events like movies in the park. It would be great to try to support the local community as much as possible, with events having local food and local beer and other local vendors. Another spot for a Farmers Market would be great too!
Jeff Croonquist inside Ward 7:
I think the new stadium should host concerts, youth sporting events, proms, wedding receptions, Winter Carnival events, and perhaps a farmers market.
Karl Schwiller inside Ward 7:
Beerfest! Summit and Flat Earth – this is a call to arms
Patrick Driscoll inside Ward 2:
I would like to see the space used for the ballpark, be an all year round spot with indoor activities in the wintertime, which means that we must save the building. I hear the mayor saying that it would be cost prohibitive to save the building. Where are your figures on the cost Mr. Mayor? All I have heard is that we have $54 million dollars for a ballpark. If you have the breakdown of the costs for your version of the ballpark, where is the breakdown of the cost of saving the building? I fail to see how tearing down the building and building a new grandstand in it’s stead is going to be less expensive than using the building with a cutout for the stands and at least 600 parking spaces and enough floor space for just about any type of venue you could want.
I do not live or work in Downtown Saint Paul, but I am a taxpayer and I want to see my tax money used in a way that would make Saint Paul a great place to visit.
Jim Ivey inside Ward 2:
Provide an easy way to extend existing Lowertown neighborhood and downtown events: additional space for the Farmer’s Market, outdoor displays during the Art Crawl and First Fridays, etc.
Make sure it’s year-round with outdoor events in the winter: an outdoor skating rink, a snowshoeing/cross-country skiing trail around the outside of the field, a snow/ice sculpture area, outdoor demonstration events with the St. Paul Curling Club, an NHL outdoor exhibition game, etc.
Small-scale music and theater should be possible: outdoor movie nights projected up against a raise-able screen, outdoor performances by local bands and orchestras, outdoor performances of local theater groups.
Also, please don’t forget everyday recreation events throughout the year for the community: walking through and into the park, bikeable routes through to the trail system, room for pick-up soccer or other sports, a place for “fixed” tail-gating with grills and picnic tables, pop-up stations for disc golf, etc.
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