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Twins Way becomes newest street01/22/2010 2:05 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins, the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority and Hennepin County today announced the renaming a stretch of 3rd Avenue North in Downtown Minneapolis to Twins Way. Twins Way is located at what was formerly 3rd Avenue North, just south of Target Field between 7th and 12th streets.
"We at the Minnesota Twins are grateful to the Minneapolis City Council for approving Twins Way," said Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter. "We hope the new street name adds to the excitement for fans as they come downtown to take part in one of the most exciting urban experiences in the country."
Last week, The Minneapolis City Council approved the renaming to celebrate the Twins' move into Target Field. Today, Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, Mayor R.T. Rybak, Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat, Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter and Minnesota Ballpark Authority Chair Steve Cramer unveiled the new Twins Way signage.
"Renaming this street is a good way to welcome the Twins to their new neighborhood in the Warehouse District," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "This is more than just a new ballpark-it's an exciting new part of our urban experience. The way Target Field is woven into the fabric of Downtown makes it a very accessible ballpark, whether you're taking a train or bus, riding a bike, walking, or driving down Twins Way."
In the fall of 2009, Hennepin County and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority collaborated to improve this street by widening the sidewalks and adding new lighting, landscaping and bike racks. The project will be completed this spring when more than two dozen new trees will be planted along Twins Way.
"As we approach the opening day of Target Field, we appreciate the City's approval of renaming 3rd Avenue to Twins Way," said Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat. "We are also excited that Hennepin County's investment of federal stimulus funds will transform this street into a safe, convenient connection to the Cedar Lake Trail for both cyclists and pedestrians."
Located in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, Target Field is the most accessible, transit-friendly ballpark in the country. Fans have many options for getting to the ballpark including light rail, commuter rail, bus, direct highway access, convenient Downtown parking, walking routes and biking paths. To learn more about all the ways to get to Target Field, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/transportation.
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