City Center Partnership

Downtown Development Organization

The City Center Partnership (CCP) is a catalyst for development of the City Center and supports public and private investment in City Center projects, programs, and initiatives that attract a greater number of customers, employees, and residents to the City Center. CCP covers 180 blocks of Downtown Mankato and Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato.

City Center
Minnesota Main Street by Rethos Mankato Minnesota

Walking Sculpture Tour

Learn more about the Walking Sculpture Tour, an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures on display all year long within the City Center of Mankato and North Mankato.
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Silo Art

Learn more about the mural on the Ardent Mills silos in downtown Mankato, which now tell a story of Greater Mankato.
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Discover the rich history that lives within City Center Mankato with many dynamic historical sites and museums to explore.
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Map of City Center Mankato

Signature Events & Programs

Adopt-a-Planter: A beautification program where the City places sidewalk planters in the public right of way and nearby businesses adopt them by watering the plants and keeping them clean.

The City of Mankato (City) will provide the necessary plants and materials as well as the necessary labor to install the planters near the volunteer’s business. The volunteer will monitor, clean debris, remove dead plants, remove weeds, water, and groom site as necessary on a weekly basis.

Stay tuned for information on the upcoming season.

The City Center Partnership is bringing back the popular and successful Bonus Gift Card Program. The goal for the Gift Card Bonus Program is to provide an incentive for the community to support the businesses that make our community special. Show your love for our local businesses! Supporting these businesses is equivalent to supporting friends, neighbors and loved ones.

For a limited time, the purchase of at least $50 in food, merchandise and/or gift cards from a participating City Center business will earn you a FREE $20 gift card to a City Center business listed below of your choice.

There is a limited amount of gift cards for this program and therefore Bonus Gift Cards are offered on a first come, first served basis until all gift cards are claimed.

How does the program work?

  • Purchase a minimum $50 in food, merchandise and/or gift cards gift card from any of the City Center businesses listed below.
  • Submit the online Bonus Gift Card request (which can be found below) along with an uploaded copy of your receipt.
  • Receive a $20 bonus gift card to a participating business of your choice


  • Limited offer. First come, first served until the Bonus Gift Cards funds are gone.
  • One gift card per transaction. For example, a $100 purchase via a single transaction is eligible for one $20 gift card.
  • Purchase of $50+ must be on a single receipt.
  • Businesses cannot submit a receipt on behalf of the customer. 
  • Limit of four (4) bonus gift cards per household.
  • You must submit a copy of your full receipt that shows the store name, date of sale, and transaction amount.
  • Unfortunately, like all gift card purchases, there are no guarantees about the ability of a business to maintain its operations in the long or short-term. Refunds will not be available through this initiative. 

Bonus Gift Card Request
Once you have purchased a minimum $50 in food, merchandise and/or gift cards from any of the participating City Center businesses, please complete and submit this form to receive your $20 bonus gift card from one of the participating businesses. When you submit the form, plan to receive your bonus card by mail by early January 2024. 

A household can receive a maximum of four (4) bonus gift cards.
You must submit a copy of your full receipt that shows the store name, date of sale, and transaction amount. 

Please see parameters above for other restrictions and terms of service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact  [email protected].

Terms of Service
The City Center Partnership is serving solely as the administrator of the Gift Card Bonus Buy program. No refunds or exchanges will be given except where required by law. Gift cards issued under this program carry the same risk that all gift cards have, including but not limited to the merchant issuing the gift card may cease business and not be able to provide the goods or services. Purchasers understand and agree that all issues associated with a gift card are the sole responsibility of the issuing merchant and not the City Center Partnership. In no event will the City Center Partnership, or its members, managers, officers, governors, employees, representatives, or agents be liable for any loss of any kind associated with the failure of the issuing merchant to provide the goods or services. 

Established in 2011, CityArt, LLC works to enhance the quantity, quality and prominence of public art in the Mankato/North Mankato City Center.  CityArt is a joint program of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts dedicated to bringing public art to the community, contributing greatly to the vibrancy of the City Center and the community as a whole.

CityArt initiatives include the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, CityArt On the Go, the City Center Public Art Tour and the Silo Art. Learn more here.

CityDesign Awards
This category recognizes new construction or renovation projects that contribute to the economic vitality of the City Center. The project could be the result of significant investment to develop a new building within the city center or redevelop an existing building or property for an improved use that contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of the city center. Nominations may be made for projects completed in the last 2 years.

Creative Placemaking
This category recognizes projects that include aesthetic improvements such as exterior signage, landscaping and beautification, public art, and exterior furnishings or that integrates arts and culture (permanent or temporary) to foster interaction among community members, spark vitality, or create an environment conducive to creativity and social engagement. Nominations may be made for projects completed in the last 2 years.

Stewardship Award
This category recognizes projects that incorporate sustainable elements into new construction or renovations, projects that improve environmental conditions through cleanup of brownfield sites, and/or recognizes projects that work to celebrate and maintain the historic integrity of a property, building, or landscape. This can include proactive maintenance of a historic property, alterations sensitive to historic character, and projects that celebrate a property’s history. Nominations may be made for projects completed in the last 2 years.

Click here to learn more about the Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame

Minnesota Main Street by Rethos Mankato MinnesotaIn November 2017, City Center Mankato became the eighth designated Main Street Community in Minnesota, joining Faribault, New Ulm, Owatonna, Red Wing, Shakopee, Willmar and Winona in gaining the designation.

Designated Minnesota Main Street communities must demonstrate broad community support, employ paid staff, and meet nationally defined standards. The City Center Partnership, representing the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato, fulfills these requirements and has committed to incorporating the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach® into its work: improving physical appearance and atmosphere of the downtown commercial district, increasing marketing and events that promote the district and local businesses, expanding the economic base, and building collaborative partnerships and resources.

About Minnesota Main Street
Minnesota Main Streets by Rethos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping cities achieve economic vitality by utilizing built assets, supporting local community engagement activities, and cultivating passion for vibrant and prosperous downtowns. Minnesota Main Streets is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program and provides local Main Street communities with the training, tools, information and networking they need to reinvigorate their downtown districts. More at


Main Street America 2022 AccreditedMain Street America
We are an accredited Main Street America community! 

This is a special mark of distinction that only the most qualified organizations and communities receive. To receive this designation, these communities follow a rigorous process that must show a proven track record of celebrating community character, preserving local history, and generating economic returns. Our community should be proud of this designation.

About Main Street America
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 40 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More at

Artist on Main Street
The City Center Partnership has participated in three rounds of INFUSE, part of a larger initiative called Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Minnesota Main Street and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. More at

Phase I – Activate Old Town Alleyways
Phase II – Activate Washington Park
Phase III – Activating Open Spaces

Holiday window displays are a tradition in Mankato’s City Center! Our businesses, from retail to hospitality to professional services and more, are all aglow. Stroll through the streets of City Center Mankato and North Mankato or pile the family in the car for an evening cruise and enjoy the festive storefronts.

2023 Let it Glow, Kato! Winners


The Lincoln Park Neighborhood was named after the small triangular park in the northern portion of the district, honoring President Abraham Lincoln. A recent community fundraising effort helped restore and rebuild the ‘Boy in Blue’ monument that stands in the center of Lincoln Park to honor the courage and sacrifice of the Blue Earth County, Minnesota Volunteer Soldier from 1861 – 1865.

With a quality blend of 19th-and early 20th century architecture, the Lincoln Park neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. As it remains today, it is one of the most intact late 19th and 20th century will-maintained residential neighborhoods in outstate Minnesota. It has 249 historically contributing buildings listed on the National Register. Home styles include Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, French Second Empire, Italianate, Craftsman, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival. Examples of vernacular Victorian-era design are common and several examples of American Foursquare style and Prairie School also exist.

Washington Park clusters along the long, wide central park space. Although similar in period to the Lincoln Park homes, these houses and lots are smaller and narrower for higher density.

In the late 1800s this area was once home to a bustling railway connection. *Fourth Street Depot Grounds included four railroads connected with Mankato, making it an important agricultural, commercial and industrial freight transportation hub.

The area has an active neighborhood association (Washington Park Neighborhood Association), which is committed to engaging with residents, maintaining  and improving natural resources, and keeping the neighborhood safe for everyone.

*Sited from Washington Park Historical Marker

Sibley Park is Mankato’s third distinctive neighborhood, located on low-lying land by the Minnesota River. This neighborhood has a cluster of well preserved midcentury modern homes around the prominent Sibley Park, which is rich in history.

The park is named for Minnesota’s first Governor, Henry Hastings Sibley. In the past the park has provided a horse racing track, regional zoo, museum, community band shell, clay tennis courts and renowned gardens. Today, Sibley Park is home to the amazing Kiwanis Holiday Lights Display and ice skating rink, hobby farm and petting zoo, beautiful gardens and facilities for organized sports, music and group gatherings.

Mankato fosters community pride and encourages citizen involvement to help maintain and improve the community’s quality of life and to plan for its future. Each City Center Mankato neighborhood has unique priorities and citizens who have the opportunity to organize, build bridges of communication among neighbors and collaborate with city government to provide and encourage responsiveness between city officials and the neighborhoods. Currently, City Center Mankato has two active neighborhood associations–Lincoln Park and Washington Park.

For more information on the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, contact Heather Hammond at 612-834-0211 or [email protected].

For more information on the Washington Park Neighborhood Association, contact Chad Davey at [email protected].

If you are interested in starting a neighborhood association, call the City of Mankato Community Development staff at 507-387-8620.

Business Associations
City Center Mankato is home to two distinct business districts that contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of the community.

The Business On Belgrade Association’s mission is to promote, enhance and preserve beautiful Lower North Mankato as a diverse business, cultural and residential destination for the benefit of the entire community. This organization hosts events including Blues on Belgrade, Bier on Belgrade, Bookin’ on Belgrade and Bells on Belgrade. Learn more.

The Old Town Association, a collaboration of business owners in the historic Riverfront Drive shopping district, strives to promote commerce through business partnerships and shopping promotions. This organization spearheads local events including Love Local and Old Town Trick or Treating. Learn more.

Learn more about CityArt in downtown!