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Continued: City parking ramp at Walker Art Gallery a loser for taxpayers

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The Walker’s attendance has fluctuated between roughly 600,000 and 700,000 visits a year. A museum official said no one even knew the ramp was operating at a loss.

“This is the first I’ve seen of that financial information,” said Ryan French, the museum’s marketing and public relations director. “It really is a separate function. … We’ve never received reports of the profitability of the parking garage.”

The ramp, which charges patrons $4 a day, competes with the Park Board’s $3.50-a-day lot. Fewer people still may come to the area when the Sculpture Garden closes for a year after work starts in 2015.

“We’re competing with that lot, and that is what it is,” said Anita Tabb, the park commissioner representing the area. “I feel badly that they’re losing money, and I think, frankly, that a lot of people don’t know that it’s there because it’s hidden.”

 

Maya Rao • 612-673-4210

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