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Apply for a Union Park Micro Grant

The Union Park 2019 Micro-Grant Program application is now available!

Individual residents and small groups of neighbors within the Union Park district are invited to apply for micro-grants to complete small projects within our community.

The purpose of this program is to provide people within our neighborhoods the opportunity to improve the quality of life in Union Park. Our goal is to fund projects that involve or engage the community and meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their neighborhoods and community
  • Strengthen neighborhood capacity to build community identity, leadership, skills, relationships and partnerships
  • Increase residents’ impact on public decisions and community life

Previous micro-grant projects include: Paint the Pavement, Shakespeare in the Park, an upcoming block party tent rental program from UPDC, and community plantings! 

We encourage applicants to accomplish these goals by building partnerships between neighbors, businesses and other organizations. We also encourage the engagement of historically under-represented and under-served communities, including low-income families, people of color, young adults, immigrants, renters and people with disabilities.

 Applications are due no later than May 15th, 2019.  The Micro-Grant Program Guidelines are available here

Contact UPDC staff with questions, or for help completing the application, at or (651) 645-6887. 

2018 Saint Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll

Every year, we recognize outstanding community members and volunteers from Union Park as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. This year, UPDC has nominated Central Honors Philando, Chuck Sorlie, and Barb Thoman. Check out the nominee bios below! 

 The 2018 Neighborhood Honor Roll will be held on January 25th, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Woulfe Hall at the University of Saint Thomas. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available for purchase hereCheck out the facebook event for more information! 

2018 UPDC Neighborhood Honor Roll Nominees


Central Honors Philando is an organization in its 3rd year. Comprised of eight Central High School classmates of Philando Castile, the organization has begun organizing a yearly summer event in his memory after his untimely death at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, MN on July 6, 2016.  At their 2018 event at Dunning Park, live music, bouncy castles, food and many non-profits encouraging community activism were present. Money raised during these events provides a one-time $5,000 college scholarship for central seniors. The organizers hope to raise much more money in the future.

2018 Central Honors Philando Committee: Karla Basta (2001), Greg Crockett (2002), Melinda Donaway (2001), Abby Heuckendorf (2001), Elliot Looney (2001), Adrian Perryman (2003), Alexandria Reyes (2002), Trevor Throntveit (2001), Tanea Womack (2001).


At age 29, Chuck Sorlie and his wife Mary, moved to Saint Paul in 1985 to accept the full-time youth pastor position at Central Baptist Church in the Midway area. He is also involved in the Ramsey County Juvenile Correctional System at Boys Totem Town and visits inmates at Minnesota Correctional Facilities Stillwater and Lino Lakes. He has led over 100 trips to the Boundary Waters for youth; last year he led his seventh mission trip to the Philippines and will lead his 17th missions trip for Youth to Mexico.  He leads weekly Bible studies & Sunday programs, coordinates Friday clubs & Saturday basketball, mentors and reaches out to a diverse and eclectic youth culture, leads several retreats and trips through school year and summer, and partnerships with various organizations such as Samaritans Purse, Feed My Starving Children, and the Salvation Army, to provide “opportunities of service” for youth to be a part. 


Barb was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities, now Move Minnesota, where she worked for nearly 20 years.  Prior to that, Barb was employed by state and county government working on solid waste management. Currently, Barb works part-time and has several volunteer commitments including chairing the Union Park District Council Transportation Committee as a community member.

Streets MN Article

Check out this Strees MN article by former board member and current Environment & Parks Co-Chair, Drew Ross, on "Reclaiming Mississippi River Boulevard! 

Allianz Stadium Community Benefits Fund

Allianz Field represents an opportunity for our community to maximize new investment for greater equity and growth in our city.

Photo of Allianz Field from above In support of this goal, the Saint Paul City Council passed Resolution 16-1407 on August 19, 2016, “Committing to Community Benefits at the Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site”, which included the creation of a task force to propose a community benefits fund. Per the resolution, the task force created includes representatives from the Union Park District Council, Hamline-Midway Coalition, RK Midway, Minnesota United, the City of Saint Paul and other stakeholders.

The task force’s mission is to recommend who will contribute to the fund, how the fund will be governed, and how it will be used to address neighborhood issues arising from the stadium events and operations and future redevelopment at the Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site, in addition to fostering the ongoing development of new and emerging community leaders.

We want your input!

In order to support the work of our task force, the City of Saint Paul invites you to share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations for the creation of this community benefits fund. We appreciate your feedback.

FIll out the survey here!

2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 5:30 pm at Otto Hall, Episcopal Homes (1860 University Avenue). Members of Union Park will learn about neighbors running for the UPDC Board of Directors and vote for candidates. To learn more about the 2018 board candidates, visit our board candidate page

Parking: Free parking is available in the Goodwill parking lot and handicap parking is available at Episcopal Homes. 

Transit Options: Green Line, Bus Routes 16, 67, 87


5:30 pm - Social Hour

6:30 pm - Welcome: Board President, Ward 1 and Ward 4 Councilpersons

6:45 pm - Restorative Justice Community Forum

7:30 pm - UPDC Presentations

7:40 pm - Board Elections

Election Process:

The following seats are up for election in 2018: Grid 2, Grid 4, Grid 6, Grid 9, Grid 10; two At-Large seats; At-Large Business; At-Large Non-Profit. Anyone who is over 18 and live in, own property in, or own a business in Union Park can vote for the UPDC Board of Directors. Members of Union Park will be asked to sign-in upon arrival; you may be asked to show proof of residency. 

Members of each grid will vote for their own grid director. Only contested seats require election by secret ballot; this year, the only contested election is the Grid 9 Directors seat. Members will vote on a slate of candidates following voting for the contested election in Grid 9. 

Grid 9 Early Voting: 

If you are over 18 and live or own a business in Grid 9 (Marshall to Summit & Snelling to Fairview) and are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, early voting for the Grid 9 Director's seat will be available from Wednesday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 24th.  Email if you require special accommodations for early voting. 

Early Voting Times/Locations: 

- Wednesday, October 17th, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Merriam Park Recreation Center (2000 St. Anthony Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104)

- Thursday, October 18th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at UPDC Office (1821 University Avenue West, Suite S308 Saint Paul, MN 55104)

Friday, October 19th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at UPDC Office (1821 University Avenue West, Suite S308 Saint Paul, MN 55104)

Saturday, October 20th, 11:30 - 1:30 pm at Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104)

- Monday, October 22nd, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at UPDC Office (1821 University Avenue West, Suite S308 Saint Paul, MN 55104)

- Tuesday, October 23rd, 9:00 - 1:00 pm at UPDC Office (1821 University Avenue West, Suite S308 Saint Paul, MN 55104)

- Wednesday, October 24th, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at UPDC Office (1821 University Avenue West, Suite S308 Saint Paul, MN 55104)


Are japanese beetles ruining your lawn and garden? Buy Hb Nematodes from Union Park District Council!

Thanks to everyone who purchased nematodes from UPDC this summer. If you ave not received your nematodes yet, you will recieve an email with an update on the next distribution day schedule. 

 All proceeds go to Union Park District Council. 

The grub stage of Japanese beetles eat roots and destroy lawns. The adult beetles skeletonize numerious plants such as raspberries, morning glories and roses. 

From the manufacturer: "Beneficial Nematodes, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora, actively seek out pest insects in the soil. They are live microscopic organisms (non-segmented round worms) that naturally occur in soil throughout the world. The beneficial nematodes we sell are parasitic to insect pests that typically have a developing (larval or pupal) stage of life in the soil. They have been known to parasitize above ground stages of adults, nymphs and larvae. They will not harm mammals, aquatic life, birds, reptiles or amphibians. After being applied to the soil, the nematodes locate pests and enter through various body openings or directly through the body wall."


Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam 2018!

Join us on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m. at Merriam Park to celebrate the 6th annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, and Jam! Enjoy free Izzy’s ice cream, donate peanut butter for the food shelf, and jam to local music by Fuzzy Math, Chillin' with the Cat and Probable Cauze.

This year we will also feature storytime with Engineer Paul from Choo Choo Bobs, kids activities from Parks and Recreations, family-friendly musical activities from Playing With Music's Mark Sarvori and and Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas Johnson, a silent auction, and more. Come connect with neighbors, enjoy the beauty of Merriam Park, and don’t forget your peanut butter donation!

Check out our Facebook event here. 

Are you a business owner, non-profit or an artist?

Register to table as an exhibitor, sponsor, or vendor! We also welcome donations for our silent auction. Participating in this festival is a great way to market your business, attract new customers, connect with neighbors, and demonstrate your support for our community. For more information, and to register for the event, fill out this form. If you have any questions, email We hope to see you there! 


Bike Safety & Repair Clinics

 Interested in learning more about bike safety and bike repairs? Stop by a series of free clinics in April where you’ll receive a free   tune-up, and be able to learn about—and practice—simple repairs.  

We will provide incentives for participants including several bikes and other bicycling safety gear. You’ll also get information about local bicycle advocacy groups, bike repair shops, and a community map with information about local bike routes and destinations.

April 4, 2-4pm at the Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Ave.)
April 18, 2-4pm at the Midway YMCA (1761 University Ave. W.)

These events are supported with funding from Saint-Paul Ramsey County Public Health and the Ramsey County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). Thanks to Mr. Michael's Recycles Bicycles for partnering with Union Park District Council on this series.

Call for Mural Artists!

Union Park District Council is looking for a mural artist to help create two community murals that will be painted with neighbors at Skyline Towers' National Night Out and UPDC's Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, and Jam events. Funding is provided by the City of Saint Paul's Cultural Star grant. Applications are due Friday, July 20, 2018. More information is available here

Shop by Candlelight

The shops of Selby at Snelling and the surrounding area invite neighbors and guests to shop and mingle by candlelight on the evening of Thursday, November 9, 2017 between 6 and 9 p.m. Participating businesses will have glowing luminaries outside their storefronts, and inside guests will find holiday treats, beverages, discounts, raffles, and exclusive specials and sales to celebrate the beginning of the holiday shopping season. 

Union Park District Council will host a free Playing with Music class from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. during the Shop by Candlelight event. Children and their caregivers are invited to join experienced early childhood educator, Mark Sorvari, for a fun hour of song and dance that fosters music appreciation and develops basic beat and pitch competency. Folks are welcome to stop by 161 Snelling Avenue N. for a few minutes or for the whole hour.