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Want to name a parking ramp?

Post Bulletin staff reportsMay 14, 2019

Known as “Ramp 6,” Rochester’s newest parking facility is looking for an identity.

Starting today, the city is accepting name suggestions for the facility that opened March 26 as one of the most technologically sophisticated parking ramps in the Upper Midwest.

“Naming a public facility is a great honor and big responsibility,” Public Works Director Chris Petree said in a statement announcing the acceptance of suggestions. “This parking structure is an important part of our city and downtown, and so it is fitting that we tap the creative energy of our diverse community by inviting people to share their ideas.”

Through the end of the month, the city will take suggestions, which should include a brief rationale for the proposed name. Names collected will be anonymously evaluated by a panel of downtown stakeholders who will then recommend a name to the Rochester City Council.

Participation will be through the Rochester Municipal Parking website at www.rochestermn.gov/parking, with one submission allowed per person. Though names will be reviewed anonymously, a name and contact information is needed to contact participants for questions, clarifications or notification of selection.

Nick Lemmer, the marketing and outreach coordinator for Rochester Public Transit and Parking, said the public naming process is being used to ensure the facility is easily identified and located, as well as solicit ideas that are consistent with the values and character of the area, neighborhood, and community.

The person submitting the selected name will have the opportunity to be recognized at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony planned for the summer. The individual will also receive a certificate for a one-night stay at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area.

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