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Honor Roll Honorees

Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members or groups from the Union Park community as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration being held on January 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Hall.

This year Union Park District Council honors:

Eli’s Sons are local public figures otherwise known as David Skinner and Dale Gruber. They love bringing joy to people by combining music, laughter, and community. They have generously volunteered their time and resources to provide all of the music for Union Park’s annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam event in Merriam Park. They book bands, set up, operate equipment, handle promotions, play amazing family-friendly music, and bring incredible positive energy to the event. 

Scott Banas has offered his neighborhood knowledge, legal expertise, and mediation skills to the community for over fifteen years. He served as president of the Merriam Park Community Council, and played a key role in the merger of three community councils into Union Park a decade ago. He also worked on the complex negotiations over the University of St. Thomas conditional use permit, and has served as a watchdog for residents on a number of campus/community issues. 

James Ebert is a professional photographer who has volunteered countless hours of his time and talent to shoot, edit, and share photographs of Union Park community events, businesses, and residents. His high quality photographs have enhanced the district council’s communication efforts and highlighted issues of importance in the community. His photos are featured prominently on our website, in our office, and throughout our recently approved ten-year community plan.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Our board has endorsed a commitment to inclusion. Please join us in supporting this effort: The Union Park District Council endeavors that our community be a place where all are welcome and all are safe. Hatred or fear sown among us erodes the strength of our community and will not be tolerated. It is our board’s commitment to promote inclusion of ideas, people, voices and cultures, which make us stronger, more vibrant, economically more stable, and one of the best places to live, work and learn.

Art Reception at WACPAC

You are invited to celebrate the reincarnation of Hague Avenue’'s Goddess Tree on January 19th from 7 - 9 p.m. at the WACPAC at 161 Snelling Ave. The old Elm tree at the corner of Hague and Pierce, painted by Hend Al-Mansour, now resides at the WACPAC. Pianist Ora Itkin, Saed Kakish of Cahoots, and the Cadenza music folks will celebrate with us its coming back to life. Join us for an evening of live music, dance, and refreshment.

Committee on Land Use and Economic Development Meeting

Would you like to learn more about development projects going on in our community, and have a chance to influence them? From liquor licenses to affordable housing projects, our Committee on Land Use and Economic Development addresses what's happening in Union Park. This month's October 17 meeting will focus on the city's proposal to rezone parts of Snelling (and the three blocks of Selby adjacent to Snelling) to encourage higher density mixed-use development in areas currently zoned for businesses and multiunit housing. And, we'll be hearing from St. Thomas on its ambitious new campus master plan. You're welcome to join us! Learn more here: http://unionparkdc.org/our-work/committees/land-use

Fairview and Marshall Hosts First Artistic Crosswalk

Starting on Monday, May 16, you may have notice some changes at the intersection of Fairview and Marshall Avenues. The Friendly Streets Initiative has been working with neighbors to install temporary bumpouts, creative painted crosswalks, and other measures intended to improve the intersection for all users. You can read more on the background of the painted crosswalk -- the first of its kind in Saint Paul -- in this MinnPost article

Part of their larger Fairview Avenue and Better Bridges projects, this demonstration implements feedback from the community, allowing neighbors to experience some of their ideas in action. Let us know what you think! 

Rent a Barricade


Our barricades are available on a first­ come, first­ served basis to residents who have already applied for a block party permit through the City of Saint Paul.
Our barricades are approved for block party use, but are smaller than the City’s, so they are not appropriate adjacent to higher traffic streets. A $40 fee and a $80 refundable deposit are required. 

Please plan to pay when you receive the barricades in cash or with two separate checks made out to UPDC. The $80 deposit will be returned when you return the barricades. (The city charges $143 for their barricades with the exception of National Night Out). 

To reserve a barricade contact Michael at (651) 645-6887 or email michael@unionparkdc.org

Union Park Will Be Getting a New Park

Union Park will be getting a new park! The City has confirmed that it now owns three vacant parcels along Griggs Street across from Skyline Tower and they will be converted into a five-acre park.  

In total, the land cost $2.5 million. The Trust for Public Land bought the final parcel with private funds, and donated it to the city. The other two parcels were purchased with a combination of private and funds and money from the City’s 8 80 Vitality Fund.

According to a green space assessment, just 2.3 percent of the area is dedicated to parkland, although parks make up an average of 15 percent of St. Paul. The new park will be within a ten-minute walk of more than 2,600 residents – including the residents of Skyline Tower, who are largely East African immigrants.

Skyline residents, along with other community partners including Union Park, Gordon Parks High School and the Lexington-Hamline Community Council, have been working for years on this effort.  A few years ago, residents of Skyline brought St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman up to the 24th floor of the building to look out on the surrounding storefronts, restaurants, the Green Line light rail route, lots of parking lots – and no green space.

While the community will now undoubtedly get that much needed green space, it will take some time to raise funds to develop it, and to design and build it. Union Park will be working with the Trust for Public Land to engage residents on visioning for the park, and with the City on its development.

Opportunities to get involved:

Email michael@unionparkdc.org with your ideas for the new park, read a summary of our park listening conducted so far, and join us for the following upcoming events:

Thursday, May 25, 2:30-5:00pm at new park

Monday, July 31, 4:00-8:00pm at new park

Here are two recent articles on the future park:

A new St. Paul park is on the verge of reality, thanks to the work of a committed neighborhood

St. Paul, Trust for Public Land buy property for new park in Midway neighborhood

Join us for Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam!


Join us for the third annual community party featuring free Izzy’s ice cream, peanut butter for the food shelf, and jamming to local folk music on Saturday, September 17th from noon to 4 p.m. at Merriam Park. This year we will also feature kids activities, local artists, businesses and organizations, food trucks, and more. Come connect with neighbors, enjoy the beauty of Merriam Park, and don’t forget your peanut butter donation.


WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17th 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:Merriam Park, 2000 Saint Anthony Ave, St. Paul

Prior Avenue Community Social


Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the Prior Avenue bridge! MnDOT wants to thank you for the patiece and support you've shown while the pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, lighting and road quality have been improved on the Prior Avenue bridge. Come share in the fun and stop by for a community social to celebrate the opening of the bridge.

We will be on the south side of the Prior Avenue bridge near the skateboard park. Enjoy live music from Eli's Sons and Wayward, free popcorn and frozen treats, bike tune-ups from Express Bike Shop, a jump castle, and bike decorating! See you at the social and remember to bring your bike!

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