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Environment and Parks

Our Environment and Parks Committee usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Merriam Park Recreation Center. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 

The Committee identifies community needs within our current parks and explores ideas for future ones, works to secure improvements to our parks, and supports activities within them. The Committee also makes recommendations on the use of funds earned through a cell phone tower lease agreement, for park activities and improvements. If you have an issue you’d like to bring to the Committee, please contact our Committee Co-Chair Drew Ross.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please email If you are interested in joining our committee, you’ll need to attend three consecutive meetings to become a voting member. (Please note that membership is limited to people over 17 years old who live--or own property or a business--within the Union Park boundaries and that voting privileges shall be revoked for any community member who misses three regular or special meetings over the course of a calendar year after becoming a voting member.)

Current Environment and Parks Projects

Community Dog Field proposal

Neighbors have come forth with a proposal to transform the greenspace at the southeast corner of Hamline and Ashland Avenues into a small dog field for off-leash dogs. We are currently in the process of obtaining input from neighbors, and we want to hear from you! [ Read more and complete a short survey here ]

Midway Peace Park

We are supporting the development of a new city park between University Avenue and I-94 off of Griggs Street! Most recently, engagement efforts have focused on selecting a name for the new park -- Midway Peace Park. [ Read more about the Park at Griggs here ]

Merriam Park Master Plan

We have developed a planning document for future improvements to Merriam Park. [ Review the Master Plan here ]

Naming a "Union Park"

Our ten-year community plan contemplates naming a park or green space within our boundaries "Union Park" -- so the District Council will have a namesake, the park will have strong stewardship, and the area's history will be honored. In late 2017, we explored the idea of changing the name of Iris Park to Union Park, which was Iris's original name. After community outreach and conversation, the organization decided to keep looking for the best place to carry the name Union Park. Read more about this proposal here ]