City leaders reaching out to neighbors for ideas on new stadium

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June 29, 2012 by Sarah M

R.T. Rybak in Elliot Park after the stadium forum.

// By Sarah McKenzie //

City officials have gotten the ball rolling on efforts to engage neighbors of the new Vikings stadium on development plans for the nearly $1 billion project.

Mayor R.T. Rybak met with the East Downtown Council and neighbors in Elliot Park yesterday to share ideas for development of the new stadium. Rybak and City Council President Barb Johnson also recently named a group of community leaders to serve on the Stadium Implementation Committee — a panel that will be charged with making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on stadium planning and land use issues.

“This is the start of a long, ongoing conversation, and it’s not just about the stadium,” said Lynn Regnier, executive director of Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.

She said the neighborhood group plans to create a Facebook page soon to collect ideas and thoughts on the stadium project.

Residents who attended last night’s forum in Elliot Park said they hoped the new stadium would draw more retail to the area, but not overburden the neighborhood with extra noise.

Rybak also said he wants to see the development of an inspired park in front of the new stadium — something that would have programming appealing to a variety of people throughout the year.

“It’s got to be a place you run to, not from,” he said.

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