Dear SLP Class of 1970 Classmates,
We hope you had a happy holiday season and are looking forward to a healthy 2022. We wanted to let you know of some very important changes to our upcoming “70 is the new 50” class reunion.
In mid-November we sent out a survey to about 60 random classmates. We wanted to know how they felt about our upcoming reunion. We asked them if the current conditions existed in September of 2022 would they feel comfortable attending the reunion at an indoor location and if they did, what safety measures would they expect us to take. If the answer was no, we asked them to tell us why. We also wanted to know when they would make their decisions about whether they would or would not attend. We also asked if we should reschedule the reunion or cancel it completely. As you can imagine, the responses varied greatly. But, in most, classmates were in agreement about the need for safety measures and spacing. Many said they would make their decisions about attending closer to the reunion dates. Since that time, increases in cases of COVID-19 and the new Omicron variant have only added to those concerns.
As a result, our committee has made the following changes that we think will allow us to still have our reunion, while at the same time provide a safe environment for everyone to feel safe and welcome.
The new date is Sunday, August 28th
. The new location is the St. Louis Park Recreation Outdoor Center (ROC) and the tentative time is 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The cost will be $25.00 if paid by July 30th
, $35.00 if paid by August 26th
and $40.00 at the door. Payment will be by check. We are arranging for a food truck to provide food (TBD) and there will be a cash bar. The ROC is an outdoor venue with a roof. It is used as a hockey rink in the winter and the wall panels are removed for use in the summer. There are bleachers but we will be providing tables and chairs. The ROC can accommodate as many as 300 and allows plenty of space for us to spread out and feel comfortable. Check out www.stlouispark.org
and see what the ROC looks like. We will be providing pictures later on. The ROC is located in front of the St. Louis Park outdoor pool at 3700 Mo nterey Drive. The pool closes for the season the day before our event. There is plenty of parking available. The Minnesota State Fair will be going on and the Minnesota Twins will be in town and hopefully these will be added attractions for our out-of-town classmates. Finally, if we have to cancel due to COVID, we will offer the option of a full refund or asking you to donate your registration fee to our scholarship fund. If you request a refund, please know it will take some time to get this done.
We are very excited about these changes. We feel they meet the challenges that we are now facing as well as the requests made to us. We will be able to gather in a safe place, in a casual manner and at a reduced price. The committee had to act very quickly to make sure that we would not have to again delay or even cancel our reunion. We hope you will agree and share our enthusiasm for the St. Louis Park Class of 1970 reunion. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We will be sending out more details as we have them. Please tell your classmate friends about these changes as we will only be communicating by email, our website and our Facebook page.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Until then, please stay healthy and safe.
St. Louis Park Class of 1970 Committee Co-Chairs
Doug Nagle and Steve Waldman