As we approach the home stretch of the 2006 Major League Baseball season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves in the midst of the Wild Card hunt. The next eight weeks promise to be exciting times as this current group of Twins battles the likes of the World Champion White Sox, the Red Sox and Yankees for a spot in baseball?s postseason.
Meanwhile, planning and coordination continues surrounding the Twins-Hennepin County ballpark project. Here is a summary of the news and notes from the past few days:
MBA Names Dan Kenney Executive Director
Just last week, the recently-formed Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) made one of their first critical decisions when they named Dan Kenney executive director. Kenney brings a wealth of related experience after serving as a member of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Moreover, in his role as chief of staff to Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat, Kenney was a key player throughout the development of the Twins-Hennepin County ballpark vision. In short, Dan Kenney was a responsible choice to bring day-to-day leadership to the MBA?s oversight of the ballpark project?s coordination, design and construction.
Public Hearings Scheduled for August 22-24
Twins ballpark supporters should make plans now to attend the Hennepin County ballpark hearings which are scheduled for August 22-24. These public hearings are designed to provide Hennepin County residents with the opportunity to provide input on the ballpark funding source, design and overall implementation. To that end, it?s important that your voice is heard in relation to the importance of this project to the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota. There is no question that the vocal support from people throughout the state played a key role in ensuring the passage of the Twins-Hennepin County ballpark legislation. It would be wonderful to see that same level of support at the County level. The public hearings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, August 22 ? 5-7 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center
Board Room ? 24th Floor
300 S. 6th Street
Wednesday, August 23 ? 6-8 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
Thursday, August 24 ? 6-8 p.m.
Maple Grove Government Center
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway
Stay tuned to Twinsbaseball.com for the latest ballpark developments.
Dave St. Peter
President, Minnesota Twins