Community turns out for town square unveiling

New Roseville gathering spot now open
By: Anne Stokes, Press Tribune correspondent
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The effort to revitalize the downtown Roseville area kicked into high gear this weekend with the grand opening of the newly developed town square.  The nearly one acre space boasts a new stage, fire pit, a water play feature, and is slated to play host to several on-going programs such as a weekly farmer's market, a monthly movie night, yoga, yang tai chi, and the Mother Goose on the Loose literacy program.  Special holiday events, such as the Family Fest, the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot run, and the annual Christmas Tree lighting are also on the schedule in upcoming months. 

"We're really looking at this to be a kick off to the revitalization of downtown, but it's more than that.  It's a community meeting place, it's a park, it's a place where people can come and connect," said Dominick Casey of the Roseville Parks and Recreation Department.  "And really, for Parks and Recreations and Libraries, that's what we're here to do, to help build communities, and really add vibrancy to the community."

"We also want to thank all of the citizens, commissioners, and former council members, as well as city staff and the contractors who helped make this town square possible," said Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan.  "You can all be very proud of your role in this project.  You've given this community and its families a lasting gift.  As many of you know, this town square project is the outcome of many years of planning to beautify and revitalize downtown Roseville.  What the town square does is set the table for quality development with improved infrastructure."

"Revitalization pays for itself many times over.  Not just jobs, but the tax dollars from sales tax, the property taxes.  Values are going up and property taxes will go up to match and that comes back to the city," explained local business owner Scott Alvord, who also serves as President of the Downtown Roseville Merchants Association and as a commissioner for the Parks and Recreations Department.  "We're not finished here yet.  This is a major project that we can't stop yet or we're going to slowly slip back to where we were.  This is a great catalyst though."