Community notebook: Target Field

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October 12, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner
Amanda Kushner
North Loop
Target Field watch: Let there be light

Downtown is looking a little brighter.

For 100 hours, which began the morning of Oct. 5, the scoreboard lights shined above Target Field along with the roof canopy lights.

The metal halide lights are brighter when turned on and will flatten to their normal state after 100 hours, according to a news release. Gephart Electric Company installed the lights, which required about 130,000 feet of wire to route power.

The burning of the lights allows the lights to become a consistent color. After the 100 hours the lighting levels are calculated. Each of the 746 fixtures are aimed at an x/y coordinate on the field, but they are designed to minimize light spill and glare. Following the burning, final aiming will take one week.

Besides new lights, Target Field has a new celebration sign, said Twins spokesman Kevin Smith. After a homerun is hit, the lights will go off and the logo of the two players from the Twin Cities will shake hands over the Mississippi River, he said. The celebration sign was installed from Sept. 30­–Oct. 2.

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Washington Avenue

Trees take root

After a community effort, trees are being planted along Washington Avenue.

The planting began at the beginning of October.

At least 20 trees including freeman maples, triumph elms and new horizon elms will be installed from the railroad bridge to 6th Avenue this year, said David Frank, president of the North Loop Neighborhood Association. A total of 56 trees will get planted, and anything not planted this year will be planted next year, Frank said.

City crews are installing the trees using a Swedish planting technique, Frank said. The trees will be planted in a little soil surrounded by 3-inch diameter crushed limestone. When trees put out their roots they search for air, and the rocks create air pockets. This allows the trees to get bigger in a shorter time, Frank said.

North Loop residents wanted to improve the neighborhood’s streetscape, and there was an interest in recognizing that people live in the North Loop and making that more obvious, Frank said.

If you would like to contribute to the trees call Frank at 359-5844.

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Citywide

David Rubedor named director of community relations

On Oct. 1, City Coordinator Steven Bosacker appointed David Rubedor as assistant city coordinator and director of the city’s new Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.

Rubedor was initially hired as the senior project manager for setting up the department, and for the first nine months he was working on internally setting up the framework for the department.

Rubedor’s role is to strengthen community engagement and to remove barriers blocking that engagement. The neighborhood organizations are a strong foundation to work from, he said.

Also, the department will have staff dedicated to working with cultural communities beyond the neighborhoods to built partnerships. The department will work with city departments on new and dynamic ways for community engagement to guide their work, Rubedor said.

In efforts to remove barriers, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  compliance will fall under the work of the department as well as limited English proficiency to help immigrants coming to the city.

The department will try to achieve the goal that “anybody and everybody who wants to participate whether on the neighborhood level or any type of civic process is able to do so,” he said.

Rubedor’s experience includes six years as executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association. During his tenure from 1998–2004, he oversaw the end of the NRP phase I plan, phase I evaluation and the phase II plan, so he is very familiar with the NRP process.

While with the Powerhorn Park Neighborhood Association, he also worked on making the neighborhood’s art fair a successful community event.  

He was also the executive of PRG, an affordable housing developer, and while at PRG he expanded the group, which primarily worked in South and North Minneapolis.

Rubedor lives in Jordan.

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Loring Park

St. Mark’s unveils new music program

For two hours on Wednesday nights, about 40 members of the St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir meet to prepare for Sunday’s Choral Evensong service.

“The music changes every week but the service is recognizable because the format is always the same,” said Canon Musician Raymond Johnston.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., has offered monthly evensong services, but starting Sept. 20, the church has a musical offering, either evensong services or a St. Mark’s Music Series event each Sunday at 5 p.m.

Johnston said it’s difficult to maintain a pattern of worship once a month. Evensong services are done throughout British cathedrals usually everyday and in some Episcopal churches in America, and he hopes the services will catch on in Minneapolis.

Reach Amanda Kushner at akushner@mnpubs.com or 436-4372.