Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9882
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After consulting with the City of Rochester and community partners, the Rochester Downtown Alliance has identified a preferred layout for Thursdays Downtown 2020. The most feasible event footprint option activates the following downtown areas:
“Downtown stakeholders, various City departments, and additional community partners were involved in the RDA’s vetting process of multiple Thursdays Downtown 2020 options,” said Holly Masek, RDA executive director. “The layout direction in which we’re likely heading utilizes 1st Avenue, which will be familiar to attendees, and gets people experiencing the event in a new section of downtown.”
The event footprint will undergo a formal permitting process with the City of Rochester before the final layout is confirmed. This potential event footprint is a completely contiguous event—making it safer for attendees—and presents the opportunity for creating different atmospheres within the event’s footprint. Some aspects of Thursdays Downtown 2020 like the use of two stages will remain the same.
“We view Peace Plaza’s upcoming construction as an opportunity to rethink and to relocate some of our core events, activating new areas of downtown in the process,” said Masek.
Because Peace Plaza construction won’t begin until spring 2020, SocialICE is being planned at Peace Plaza in 2020.
About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
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.