Minnesota Vikings contribute more to park near stadium

The Vikings donated another $2 million to the Downton East Commons, a 4.2-acre green space near U.S. Bank Stadium.

Green Minneapolis, the conservancy group tasked with raising funds for the construction of the Downtown East Commons, announced that it had raised $10.5 million toward the project, including an additional $2 million from the Minnesota Vikings.

When the fundraising effort was first announced, the Vikings made an initial donation of $1 million to the project, bringing their total contribution for the park to $3 million.

The Downtown East Commons is part of the overall stadium project undertaken by the Ryan Companies that is currently under construction. The project is a 4.2-acre green space in between the adjacent office and residential complex and U.S. Bank Stadium located in between Park Avenue and Fourth and Fifth Streets in Minneapolis.

The Commons is designed to be a retreat for people to gather throughout the year and to create a permanent piece of green space within a bustling, thriving portion of Minneapolis.

The recent contributions have brought the fundraising effort midway to its goal of $22 million before project completion. To date, the project has received corporate donations from several prominent Minnesota companies, including Target, Xcel Energy, Land O’ Lakes, The Carlson Family Foundation, Thrivent Financial and Veit USA.

For more information on the project and architectural renderings of what the finished product will look go the project's web site.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • Blair Walsh is going to speak to the first graders at Northpoint Elementary School in Blaine this morning. The students wrote Walsh letters of support following his missed field goal Sunday and the messages touched Walsh, who accepted the invitation to speak to the class.
  •  Stefon Diggs is one of five finalists for the ninth-annual VIZIO Top Value Performer, given to the NFL player whose on-field performance most exceeded the value of their contract. The other finalists are Cleveland WR Travis Benjamin, Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson, Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman and Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor. Fans can vote at VIZIO.com/TVP to vote for their favorite player. Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.


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