News from Downtown Bend | The Minnesota Experience
If you haven't heard the local news this week, here is an excerpt from The Source about potentially repurposing Minnesota Ave, into a walkable promenade.
"The 300-foot-long stretch of Minnesota Avenue between Bond and Wall Street is host to about a dozen businesses at the center of Bend's historic downtown. A proposal could transform it from a through street to a walkable community gathering space.
The Downtown Bend Business Association was commissioned by the City to create plans for the Minnesota Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, closing that portion of the street to traffic and adding amenities that would attract people downtown. City Manager Erik King came to the DBBA after the newest City Council was elected—some of whom advocate for increased walkability and bikeability in Bend."
This article was written by Jack Harvel at The Source, you can find the full article here.
Well what would that potentially look like? That's what the Downtown Bend Business Association was tasked with figuring out.
Introducing the Minnesota Promenade concept, developed to give public space back to the people of Bend and all who visit the most popular city in Central Oregon. The Minnesota Promenade proposes the idea of reinventing Minnesota Avenue between Wall and Bond Streets, fostering community by building a place for social connections, conversation, dining and entertainment. This promenade could be a vital part of what makes Bend's future great. We are currently at the beginning stages of this conversation, and much more research and development is needed before we, as a community, know the best way to move forward with the growth & development of Downtown Bend. Could pedestrian promenades be a part of the future vision that is developed for Downtown Bend? We hope that you'll take a look at the information below and share with us your thoughts and feelings on this concept.
On Wednesday the 16th Mindy Aisling the Executive Director at the Downtown Bend Business Association, presented her research on walkable spaces to the city council. Here is just a snippet of that research, you can find more at the project official website. Tasked by the city, Aisling was able to speak to sister cities that successfully launched pedestrian friendly and walkable promenades, such as Pearl street in Colorado and Church Street in Vermont.
To learn more you can visit the projects official webpage here, you can also find community commentary here, and we encourage you to fill out the comment section at the bottom of the page!