June 4, 2014
Provided by Metropolitan Council + Green Line Opening Planning Committee
In just 10 days, the METRO Green Line will be open! On June 14, hundreds of local organizations, businesses, nonprofits, performers and artists are coming together to create community celebrations along the line. We hope you've saved the date to take an inaugural ride and to participate in the festivities planned throughout the day.
Some wonderful highlights and stories are emerging, including:
At the Hamline station, Make a Wish will grant a young train enthusiast the opportunity to blow the first train whistle and Little Africa businesses will host a lively bazaar.
Artists at the Raymond station are creating pop-up art features that can be used again after launch day.
At Victoria, three seniors in their 90s who used to ride the University Avenue streetcar line as young girls will ride together once again.
At the Western station, AEDA will leverage the opening of the Green Line to launch their summer night market concept.
Please encourage people in your networks to take part and to start their rides at one of these great celebrations.
Union Depot Station
Discover Lowertown: Home of Arts, Entertainment & Fabulous Food
After the 9 a.m. official ribbon cutting, will be a full day of live music programmed by The Current, a gallery of Lowertown artists, a display of finalists from the Green Line commemorative poster contest, along with Union Depot tours and historical information. The event site will be a connecting point for private events happening in and around Lowertown. Organized by the Metropolitan Council.
Central Station (4th and Cedar)
Downtown: The Sky’s the Limit
This event will feature an outdoor music stage at the station and a “Skyway Open” mini-golf tournament that will allow visitors to explore skyway businesses and restaurants between Central Station and Union Depot. Disability advocates will participate in the inaugural train ceremony. Organized by a group of downtown business owners, led by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Explore Little Mekong
The "Explore Little Mekong" event will use Opening Day as the kick-off for its summer-long Asian Night Market. Around 50 food and retail vendors will create a lively market atmosphere in the parking lot behind Mai Village. The event will also feature a main stage for performances, exhibitions of local arts and crafts and a neighborhood history display. Organized by the Asian Economic Development Association.
Celebrate Good Times at Victoria
This event celebrates the art, culture and history of the Rondo, Summit-U and Frogtown neighborhoods, with the Rondo Days Grill King 2nd Annual BBQ. Look for music, dance, youth performances, historical exhibits and bike activities led by Bikes for Change and Nice Ride. Organized by Model Cities and Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation.
The Great Midway Get Together
A State Fair-themed event, complete with a Midway, Kidway, Grandstand and International Bazaar will feature Little Africa shops and restaurants. Includes a showcase from Gordon Parks High School, animal educators from Como Park Zoo, the Choo Choo Bob Show and a “coupon-on-a-stick” to encourage people to explore restaurants via a fleet of pedal-cabs. Organized by the Midway Chamber of Commerce.
The Creative Enterprise Zone
Creativity will abound at Raymond Station. From grand public art projects to demonstrations from makers, doers and performers of all types, the full breadth of the Creative Enterprise Zone will be on display. Live music, art and food are only the beginning of what you’ll encounter. Whether it’s the human sculptures or mobile mural, the roller revolution or the sParkIt trailer, this party will have you buzzing.
Stadium Village Station
Stadium Village Celebration
This sports-themed event will feature appearances by Vikings and Gophers mascots, talent and cheerleaders, sports activities for families and samples from Stadium Village restaurants. Northrop Auditorium will continue to celebrate its reopening and promote future performances; local music will enliven the main stage. Organized by the Stadium Village Commercial Association.
West Bank Station
West Bank Station Celebration
The West Bank event will offer a neighborhood festival atmosphere with an international flair. East African community leaders will present arts, dance and cultural showcases. Local theaters will offer tours and the neighboring businesses will host a dance event and other activities. Organized by the West Bank Business Association.
Target Field Station
Catch a Taste of the Warehouse District
See TC Bear from the Twins, participate in interactive games with the Timberwolves and Lynx, and taste samples from Warehouse District/North Loop restaurants. A full day of live music is planned, programmed by 96.3 K-TWIN, along with family activities. Organized by Metro Transit.
Follow the official countdown clock and view updated descriptions of the community-planned station events by visiting www.metrotransit.org/opening-day. In addition to the official opening, you can ride any Metro Transit service – buses, METRO lines and Northstar commuter trains – for free on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15.