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Rochester Downtown Alliance Announces Upcoming Program Activities for 2018

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9883

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

Rochester Downtown Alliance Announces Upcoming Program Activities for 2018

ROCHESTER, Minn. --- April 10, 2018 --- The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) is pleased to announce upcoming programs taking place in 2018. The RDA’s programs offer the public the ability to participate in activities that are self-guided, at their own pace, and taking place over the course of the year. Programs offer the RDA the ability to provide unique and engaging activities to entertain both residents and visitors while Downtown.

NEW - Games on the Grass - May 7 – October 31, 2018 – Grassy Area of Peace Plaza
Games on the Grass was developed to offer a quick, passive activity for all ages to become more socially engaged or physically active while Downtown, and test Heart of City design concepts.

Games on the Grass will feature a branded game cart and tables with a decal game board in the grassy area of the Peace Plaza. The game cart will house various lawn games and board game pieces. All games are free and open for public use. Games on the Grass will kick-off on Monday, May 7 and run through October 2018 (weather permitting). The RDA thanks Destination Medical Center for their co-partnership of this program, and University of Minnesota – Rochester for their support as our Games Partner.

Bookworm Walk - May 21 – August 31, 2018 – Rochester Public Library Outdoor Entrance
In its second year, the Bookworm Walk will feature four children’s books over the course of the summer set in flower planters. The walk, which is open to the public will begin outside the entrance to the Rochester Public Library, run along the Zumbro Riverwalk, and end of the Riverfront Waterfall. The Bookworm Walk will kick-off May 21 with a nature themed scavenger hunt for children and their families. The RDA thanks the Rochester Public Library, Rochester MN Moms Blog, and Lanier Parking for their support.

NEW - Social Steps - Select Fridays, June 1 – August 31, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Peace Plaza
Social Steps was created as an activity to promote socialization and physical activity on the Peace Plaza June – August. It is also a great opportunity for the public to enjoy artistic dance and performance by the area’s dance professionals.

Social Steps is a series of free, bi-weekly social dance classes on the Peace Plaza. These classes feature themed dance nights such as Swing, Latin, and Ballroom dances taught by Dahl Dance. The Kahler Hospitality Group will also be onsite with a cash bar preparing a themed drink, which will correspond to each style of dance. The first class will take place on June 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

The RDA and our partners recognize the value of supporting unique programming and events which inspire the public to think creatively and contribute to a more active Downtown community.

More information about the RDA’s upcoming programs can be found online at



The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.