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The Sun Sailor 7/16/20 - Community for the Commons, along with residents, created a master plan to refresh the Excelsior Commons park, according to Eric Snyder, chair of the Community for the Commons board. The plan was broken into phases and the bandshell was decided to be the first project.
The City of Excelsior is moving forward with the design phase for a new bandshell. A design committee has been appointed and includes representatives from the City's Park Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission and Community for The Commons. Funds for the new structure will come from revenues from the resident docks as well as fundraising efforts by Community for The Commons. The Excelsior Lake Minnetonka Rotary will continue to operate the summer Concerts in The Commons series with a portion of the funds raised going to reduce the City's share of the project.
The MN State Legislature has approved Excelsior's request to implement a sales tax within the City. Funds raised will go towards the implementation of The Commons Master Plan.
The Excelsior City Council recently approved adopt-a-tree and adopt-a-seat programs as presented by Community for the Commons.
The Community for the Commons brought these programs to the council as an option to help fund the continued maintenance of the Commons Park, which is a 13-acre municipal park that was developed in 1854 on the shores of Lake Minnetonka on Lake Street…