Hundreds Celebrate Albert Lea's Renovations

Posted at: 10/12/2013 9:54 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2013 11:05 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- The $4 million renovation of downtown Albert Lea is nearly complete.

“We’ve really put a lot of time and effort into the downtown effort last summer, and we’re looking forward to celebrating its opening coming up here in the near future,” said Mayor Vern Rasmussen.

In the project, crews have reconstructed roads and sidewalks, replaced underground utilities and installed new street amenities such as flower pots and benches.

“This is a big celebration, just for the businesses and the people of Albert Lea to bring people downtown,” said “Celebrate Albert Lea” organizer Susie Petersen.

A day full of events and activities was hosted downtown on Saturday. The most notable of which was a color run, which drew hundreds and raised money for the high school’s weight room. A concert ran until around midnight.

“In the future we’ll use that (money raised) for youth sports,” said Rasmussen.

Still to be completed for the project is the block from William Street to Main Street and the installation of light poles. There are also plans to give Fountain Lake Park a makeover.

“It’s just about community,” said Rasmussen.