Our Program on February 4th was “Community for the Commons” presented by Eric Snyder.  Community for the Commons is a 501c3 conservancy working towards the renovation of the Excelsior Commons area.  The non-profit conservancy is working with the City Of Excelsior to support the up-keep and renovation to raise a new Band-Shell, a City Square and a Boardwalk along the lake while still preserving historic parts of the park.  After two years of gathering information the conservancy has a master plan that has been accepted by the city council and can now start fundraising for Phase #1 which is the Band-Shell and plaza adjacent to it. The City of Excelsior is contributing $1.5 million of the $2 million and the Conservancy is raising the other $500,000 from individuals and groups.  Other funding going to the project is the $100,000 in dock fees and local sales tax on common area events.  They are also receiving funding from the morning Rotary Club from the summer concert concessions sales.   Public fundraising is already on its way and the conservancy intends to start construction on the Band Shell and Plaza in September 2020 after the summer concert series are completed.  Members had many comments and comments all praised the work of the Conservancy and the great presentation by Eric Snyder.