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Idea to use top of parking ramp for golf driving range teed up

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In the future, motorists might be able to drive into a parking ramp in downtown Minneapolis, then head to a driving range and putting green on the rooftop of the building.

KSTP reports that the Minneapolis City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee on Thursday will vote on whether to ask permission to lease the airspace over Ramp A from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which owns the Seventh Street parking garage, also known as Ramp A, near Target Field. Such a lease would be a first.

The Star Tribune reports the idea to put an indoor golf facility atop a parking garage has been around since the late 1990s. The newspaper said that two groups, Downtown Rooftop Golf LLC and Downtown Rooftop Youth Center LLC, are proposing additional activities for the space beyond golf, including playing fields, a running/walking track, clubhouse, retail/food outlets and performance space.

"The more activity and vibrancy in our downtown, and the more things for people to do there, the happier we are," city council president Barb Johnson told the station.

The newspaper reported that the space would be attractive to the growing number of downtown residents.

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