Lift & Loop Celebration-Stillwater Lift Bridge GRAND OPENING!
Lift & Loop Trail-Stillwater Lift Bridge
The highly anticipated re-opening of the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge and the completion of the Loop Trail will kick off with a 2-day Grand Opening celebration on August 28 & 29, 2020, on the St. Croix Riverfront, Lowell Park.
What will be officially called the Loop Trail, is the 4.7 loop trail system that connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge. The Lift Bridge has been closed for repairs since August 2017. The Loop Trail will be open for multi use: bike traffic, segways, wheelchairs and pedestrians.
This historic Celebration is sponsored by the City of Stillwater, in collaboration with the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Washington County, as well as partnering efforts with community members from various cities in the area including Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Hudson, WI., New Richmond, WI. Somerset, WI, St. Joseph Township, WI, St. Croix County, Washington County and numerous civic clubs, organizations and businesses.
The 2-day celebration event will begin on Friday, August 28th with a spaghetti dinner on the lift bridge, weather permitting, or on Chestnut Street with two separate seating times. Elected Officials and volunteers will be serving the dinner.
Reservations are required and your ticket will provide a donation to the St. Croix River Association. Participants will receive a commentary mug and a ticket to the dinner.
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A beer garden will open at 3 pm next to the Lift Bridge with the Tim Sigler Band playing from 6 pm – 10 pm.
The following day, Saturday, August 29th the public is welcome to a pancake breakfast under the tent in Lowell Park from 7:30 am – 10:00 am sponsored by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Next, an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 10:00 am with dignitaries from both the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin to celebrate the re-opening of the Lift Bridge and shared loop trail between two states, two historic bridges and the beautiful St. Croix River. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm around this celebration event”, said Stillwater City Council member Mike Polehna. “This is a regional event, It’s more than just a Stillwater thing. We’re working together to bring the two states together.”
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For more information contact the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, (651) 439-4001
*POSTPONED to 2021! Hands Across the Croix, an effort to set a NEW world record by connecting 7,000 people, holding wrists across the 4.7-mile Loop Trail that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin via the Stillwater Lift Bridge and the new St. Croix River bridge.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!Friday, August 28th:3:00 pm - Beer Tent Opens4:00 - 6:30 pm - Dinner on the Bridge6:00 - 10:00 pm - Tim Sigler Band/Beer Tent openSaturday, August 29th:7:30 am - 10:00 am - Pancake Breakfast8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Beer Tent Open10:00 am - Ribbon Cutting on the Bridge1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Band and Bar Open