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Alejandra Pelinka

Creative Placemaking Director

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Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Celebration

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Media Releases Published September 17, 2021
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A free, weeklong celebration of the renovation of the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and Trailhead area improvements will take place September 27 - October 2. This event is organized by the City of Bloomington. 

Throughout the week, register to participate in a free painting in nature workshop and bird watching introduction from Urban Bird Collective. Check out the augmented reality tour (accessible via Snapchat) on the bridge from artists Adam Davis-McGee and Nancy Musinguzi, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge nature play area, and animal cutout-murals by artist Rock Martinez. 

At the main event on October 2:

  • Remarks from Mayor Busse at 2 p.m.
  • Free food truck meal ticket, cupcake from Queen of Cakes, poster featuring an image of “New Old Cedar Ave Bridge” by Eric Cornett, and a youth fishing pole (while supplies last).
  • Food truck: Taco Taxi with chicken, beef and vegetarian options. 
  • Music from Ecuador Manta from 1 - 3 p.m., and from Dred I Dread from 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Free kid-friendly activities.
  • Learn about Commuter Services and League of Women Voters.

Main event details

  • Date/time: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Event location: 9898 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425
  • Park and Shuttle Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E

Event parking and transportation

No parking will be available at the event location during the main event. Please plan to bike to the event or park at the Refuge Visitor Center and take a shuttle to the event (masks required). A limited number of accessible parking spaces will be reserved at the event location.

Free and plentiful parking

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington

Plan your trip at metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3333 (TTY 711). Certified Metro Mobility customers may book online or call to schedule a ride at 651-602-1111 (TTY 651-221-9886).

Thank you to Creative Placemaking initiative partners Artistry.

Image credit: “New Old Cedar Ave Bridge” by Eric Cornett 

About the South Loop District

South Loop is a rapidly developing neighborhood in Bloomington, which is adjacent to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and home to Mall of America, a 50-acre mixed-use development called Bloomington Central Station, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. SoLo, as it is sometimes called, has seen a big uptick in the amount of residential redevelopment with eight projects in various stages of planning to leasing. The continued implementation of Creative Placemaking in SoLo will add new vibrancy to the district. For more information, visit blm.mn/southloop.

About Creative Placemaking in the South Loop District

The City of Bloomington in partnership with Artistry are working to build a sense of community in Bloomington’s South Loop through creative placemaking. Appointed by the City and Artistry, the Creative Placemaking Commission’s vision is that sustained creative placemaking efforts will establish the South Loop as a distinctive destination known for welcoming creative people and using the arts to transform the neighborhood physically, socially, and culturally. Goals include: Urbanism, Animation, Involvement, Identity, Leadership, and Investment. For more information, visit blm.mn/placemaking.

About Artistry

Artistry is an independent theater and visual arts nonprofit that serves a regional audience of more than 94,000 people annually. In pursuit of artistic excellence, Artistry engages the region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.

Artistry’s vision is a diverse, distinctive, and progressive community widely recognized for making art and artists essential to a vibrant social fabric and civic life.

The City of Bloomington are closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of event participants. With the changing situation COVID-19 presents, plans for this event and mask requirements could change. Please visit blm.mn/bridgecelebration for the most up-to-date information.

The City of Bloomington does not discriminate against or deny the benefits of its services, programs, or activities to a qualified person because of a disability. To make a request for a reasonable accommodation, ask for more information, or to file a complaint, contact the Community Outreach and Engagement Division, City of Bloomington, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431-3027; 952-563-8733, MN Relay 711.

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