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Posted by http://MillCityTimes.com Friends of Chute Square Park Renewing Our Neighborhood Gem Contact: Lou Burdick 612-339-4053 LueyBird@gmail.com East Bank Neighborhood Volunteers Seek to Update Chute Square ParkOctober 27, 2011 -- Continuing a century-long tradition of neighborhood support for its local park, a groupof neighbors organized as Friends of Chute Square Park have taken on the task of raising funds to“return the sparkle to this neighborhood gem,” according to Lou Burdick, who is providing leadershipalong with other local residents for the update project.Cuningham Group Architecture donated design services for a plan approved earlier this year by theMinneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Historic Preservation Commission. It calls forreplacements for deteriorating benches, tables and walkways with construction slated to begin in earlyspring 2012. “The plan element that has been greeted with the most enthusiasm,” Burdick said, “is theaddition of lights to illuminate the much-used walking paths in the interior of the park that are now totallydark after sunset as neighborhood residents walk to shops, bus stops and restaurants.” In addition,decorative uplighting will highlight some of the trees in the park.Another design highlight will be the addition of durable red benches designed to provide an attention-getting and attractive contrast to the snow in the wintertime and the greenery of summer.Initial contributions to garner the funds for the $120-$135,000 renewal project have come from generousresidents in the condos nearest the park plus local businesses. These early donors have been rewardedfor their contributions with a matching grant provided by the Phillips and Lund charitable foundations.According to Dean Phillips, CEO of Phillips Distilling Company, his family’s decision to support the projectwas based on “our longstanding commitment to Northeast Minneapolis, the community our company andcharitable foundation have called home for five generations.”“We’re deeply committed to enriching the communities we serve through creating sensational shoppingexperiences in our stores and providing charitable donations to those organizations, such as Friends ofChute Square Park, who are committed to further strengthening these neighborhoods,” said Tres Lund,Chairman and CEO of Lund Food Holdings, Inc. (parent company to Lunds and Byerly’s).The Friends of Chute Square Park are launching a final effort to close out the campaign during the monthof November emphasizing that “no gift is too small, no gift is too large and a $1,000 Friend of the Park giftwill earn recognition in the park in a format yet to be determined.” More information is available at:http://www.hoffmanparkin.com/chute.pdf. All donations are tax deductible. Online contributions may bemade online at http://www.mplsparksfoundation.org by clicking on the dropdown box and checkingDonation Designation: Chute Square Park. Checks payable to Minneapolis Parks Foundation shouldinclude Chute Square Park in the memo line and be mailed to: Friends of Chute Square Park, c/o CobaltCondo Association, 45 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.Friends of Chute Square Park: Irene Bartram, Lou Burdick, Dewey Kell, Connie Pries, Randy Stanley, Jim & Merrie Stolpestad,Herb Tousley, Ron Vantine and Theresa Upton.