Metro briefs: Winter marketplace replaces Holidazzle parade

  • Updated: June 28, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Holidazzle stars made their way down Nicollet Mall at the parade last winter.

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Market replaces Holidazzle

The Minneapolis City Council has approved city funding for a winter marketplace to replace the Holidazzle parade, reversing an earlier vote.

The proposal commits $395,000 in city money to the event, all of it coming from the city’s sales tax-funded convention center account. That’s a slight tweak from an earlier version, which failed in committee, that took some money from the city coordinator’s office.

The money will be combined with about $1.3 million in private dollars being raised by the Downtown Council. The event, potentially held in Peavey Plaza, will attempt to re-create European-style marketplaces that have been organized in other cities, including Chicago.

The switch from a Holidazzle parade to a winter marketplace and Holidazzle “district” is one component of a larger Downtown Council plan to have more continuous programming downtown. The council is requesting $750,000 in the mayor’s 2015 budget to accomplish this.

Eric Roper @StribRoper


City may bring back trolleys

A new attraction may be coming to Lake Minnetonka soon: a trolley.

On Tuesday, the Wayzata City Council will discuss a pilot program to add a trolley in July, aiming to reduce traffic congestion and boost tourism. It’s a motorized trolley, so no tracks would be needed. A new nonprofit would run the trolley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8 to Sept. 18, stopping at 15 places.

The program would be funded by donations, ridership fees and $8,000 from the city. Wayzata had a trolley that stopped service in 2010.

“There’s been a strong interest in the community to bring it back,” said Jack Amdal, a City Council member. “We’ve gotten a lot of interest from the senior community and from the shopping center and retail community.”

KELLY SMITH @kellystrib

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