Photo by Eric Best

Photo by Eric Best

The Commons fully opens in Downtown East

Updated: September 8, 2016 - 2:59 pm

The last block of the new Commons park has opened in time for Minnesota Vikings fans and Wells Fargo employees.

The western block of the 4.2-acre park on the increasingly popular east side of downtown opened in August. The eastern block, the park’s more programmable half thanks to its large grass field, opened in July.

The Commons’ western block is slightly smaller and is home to one of three buildings of the newly opened Edition Apartments from Ryan Companies. The area is home to more trees, landscaping, table seating and rolling hills. Compared to the “energy-packed” eastern block, Council Member Jacob Frey (Ward 3) told The Journal, this space across Portland Avenue is for “a respite in the middle of your day,”

“It may look like you’re in the middle of the country, but, in fact, you’re in the middle of downtown Minneapolis,” he said in a recent video to constituents.

Across the street, the new Wells Fargo towers are home to up to 5,000 employees, and the other Edition buildings could bring residents to the park.

Roseville resident Lisa von Schmidt-Pauli, who visited the park for the first time in late August, said she welcomes the new open space for nearby workers, a family member among them.

“I love it. I think it’s awesome we get a touch of green downtown,” she said.

  • sheldon

    what happened to the water features?