Kraus-Anderson has been a staple of the Twin Cities community since 1897. Itâ€™s their home, and they want to ensure that their neighborhood is full of entertainment, activities and a community environment for those who live, work and play downtown.
Thatâ€™s why Kraus-Anderson jumped at the chance to be part of a group helping to facilitate a downtown skating rink here in Minneapolis. The skating rink opened as part of Holidazzle in Loring Park and will continue to be used through the winter skating season.
The rink itself is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis SafeZone Collaborative and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Kraus-Anderson is one of six additional supporting partners that helped make the rink possible.
You can stop by and enjoy the downtown skating rink during Holidazzle on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am-9 pm between now and December 20.
â€œCommunity events build community pride, and they allow everyone not only working and living here but also visiting to have fun,â€ Kraus-Anderson President & CEO Bruce Engelsma said. â€œWe talk a lot about creating an environment in downtown that is conducive to recruiting and retaining top talent. Keeping Minneapolis thriving, exciting and vibrant is a big part of that.â€
Kraus-Anderson knows as well as anyone the value of a strong, close-knit and engaging community. Theyâ€™ve been in downtown for 118 years, and theyâ€™ve seen the growth and development that has taken place over the decades. Theyâ€™re currently seeing a major boom in the Downtown East area, and theyâ€™ll be part of it as they begin construction on their new headquarters next year.
So being able to create an environment that is inviting and full of activities is an important component. The skating rink accomplishes this while also paying tribute to our stateâ€™s long history of skating outdoors.
That, along with Holidazzleâ€™s long tradition, makes it a win-win for everyone to come down and take part this holiday season.
â€œHolidazzle encourages people to come down, celebrate and hopefully take in some of the great venues downtown,â€ Engelsma said. â€œTry out the restaurants, get exposed to the retail and theater scene, and really enjoy everything we have to offer.â€
The Holidazzle hours make it easy for people to stop down and skate, have fun and enjoy the outdoors before going to any of the various restaurants, shops or venues available throughout downtown.
â€œSkating is a Minnesota thing,â€ Engelsma said. â€œItâ€™s a way for people to celebrate the season in Loring Park, and itâ€™s a fun way to celebrate together as a community.â€
Holidazzle continues to bring people together. Itâ€™s a tradition that Minneapolis is proud of, and Kraus-Andersonâ€”a longtime part of the Minneapolis communityâ€”is proud to take part.
â€œItâ€™s a great way to give people a chance to come down and see our city,â€ he said. â€œThere is so much going on here in downtown. Itâ€™s a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays and a little skating together.â€