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Woodbury's CityPlace kicks off summer with community festival, free concert

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Minneapolis country singer Chris Hawkey mingled and snapped photos with fans before taking the stage at the CityPlace grand opening event Thursday, June 29. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia. 2 / 6
Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with CityPlace developer Elion Partners, emphasized the "live, work, play" ethos driving the development as he addressed stakeholders and city staff at the project's grand opening event Thursday, June 29. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia. 3 / 6
Minneapolis band Dred I Dread treated Woodbury residents to a reggae performance at a community event celebrating progress on CityPlace development. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia. 4 / 6
A group of self-professed "Hawk Heads" rarely miss a Chris Hawkey concert. Matthew Clark (back left), 16, Chris Brekke (front left), 10, Dawn Brekke, Tiffani Clark, Allen Clark, 5, Dannie Clark, 12, Sheri Hanson and Jeff Sundeen traveled from Farminton and St. Francis to catch the country artist perform at the CityPlace grand opening celebration June 29. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia. 5 / 6
Cyclebar instructor Rachel Westmorland worked her class into a sweat during an outdoor pop-up session at the June 29 CityPlace grand opening event. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia. 6 / 6

Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with CityPlace developer Elion Partners, hinted at new components to the 100-acre mixed-use commercial campus during a community event celebrating the retail phase completion June 29.

The vision for CityPlace, he said, embodies a "live, work, play" ethos. Plans for additional tenants and buildings in the development's office phase are expected to be announced soon.

"We're also looking forward to complementing the 'live' portion," he said. "You'll probably hear some more details about the 'live' proponent, which we're excited about and working on for some time."

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About 500 members of the community sampled free food from CityPlace and checked out booths from CityPlace businesses during the event.

Festivalgoers also enjoyed performances by Minnesota artists. Twin Cities band My Famous Friend treated the audience to covers of rock-n-roll favorites, followed by Minneapolis reggae band Dred I Dread.

For Farmington resident Jeff Sundeen, the highlight of the event was a performance by Chris Hawkey Band. He and his fellow "Hawk Heads" have traveled as far as Colorado and North Carolina to see the Minneapolis country band play.

"Wherever Chris goes, I go," Sundeed said. "He's a great guy and always just makes everyone feel good."

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