Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members from Union Park as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. We nominate neighbors whose volunteer contributions have made significant and lasting impacts in the community.
This year Union Park District Council honors Nancy Rosenberg, Emily Hoisington, and Rachel Westermeyer:
They are holding certificates, from left: Nancy Rosenberg, Emily Hoisington, and Rachel Westermeyer. A big thanks to them, and to everyone who volunteers time and energy to enhancing our neighborhoods!
Congratulations to this year's honorees:
Emily Hoisington is an artist and resident of Union Park since 2005. She has volunteered countless hours of her time and talent working with neighborhood volunteers to create a pavement mural for the Aldine Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 94. They designed the mural by drawing continuous lines, outlining and connecting shapes and textures visible from the bridge, and painted between the lines to create a colorful puzzle-like mosaic that enlivens the bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Rachel Westermeyer is a retired educator and community organizer who has been committed for over thirteen years to improving our community by addressing University of St. Thomas neighborhood impacts. She has co-chaired a collaborative board between University and resident representatives, hosted countless community meetings, supported zoning changes, participated in negotiations, led seminars, drafted guidance documents, testified at public hearings, presented at conferences, and more—sharing the tools necessary to empower others to continue her work.
Nancy Rosenberg’s family has been selling goods at the corner of University and Snelling for over 60 years. Her father started Big Top Liquor there and she worked alongside him for 20 years until his death in 2016. As the store’s managing partner, and works to support the local community by employing many local neighborhood residents, hosting community events, supporting local artists, contributing to local nonprofits, and supporting her fellow business owners through the many changes the area has seen.