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Block 9 Plaza

WHAT:

The Block 9 plaza is a public-private partnership between the Block 9 Partners, made up of the Kilbourne Group, R.D. Offutt Company, and the City of Fargo. The plaza, funded by the Block 9 Partners and operated by the Fargo Park District, is intended to provide a dynamic community-centered destination space in Downtown Fargo.

As the projected completion of construction at the Block 9 plaza approaches at the end of 2020 and the Fargo Park District begins the curation, management and operation of it, we are excited to share the plans to announce the official name, reveal the logo, launch our social media accounts and introduce the new Block 9 plaza Manager, Ana Rusness-Petersen, to the community.

A short program will take place to unveil the new name and logo and introduce the new Block 9 plaza Manager, Ana Rusness-Petersen. Speakers include Kilbourne Group President, Mike Allmendinger; Fargo Park District Executive Director, Dave Leker; and Ana Rusness-Peterson.

The press event kicks off a day of in-person and virtual engagement activities designed to celebrate this exciting milestone in the project and to begin our conversation with the community about the plaza. The day of hybrid events (live and virtual) includes a Q & A with project partners, a call to action urging the public to share their visions for the space as part of a community engagement project, a virtual happy hour for the partners to which all Park Board commissioners have been invited and online giveaways happening all day on the newly launched social media channels.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:00 am

WHERE:

Future site of the Block 9 community plaza

2nd Avenue will be closed to traffic between Broadway and 5th Street North.

The press event will take place on the south end of the plaza at fence line on 2nd Avenue.

WHY:

Every city needs a gathering space, and the community plaza is designed to be just that. The plaza will be heavily programmed by Fargo Park District and includes a performance pavilion for outdoor productions and speakers, interactive water features for kids (and, adults, of course), a lawn area for yoga and movies, and will feature a groomed ice skating rink, fire pits and warming huts in the winter.

The Fargo Park District is proud to be the managing partner of this exciting new space. Pending construction, the plaza is slated to open the end of November 2020 with the Holiday Lights parade, a Native American blessing, and a new tree lighting tradition. The official plaza website is slated to launch in conjunction with the physical plaza opening.