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Fair Housing Events

The City of St. Paul staff and their office (Housing team within PED, staff from the Office of Financial Empowerment) are holding engagement events throughout St. Paul to talk to renters about what fair housing policies could make a difference in their lives. 

The input gathered at these sessions/other channels will inform new tenant protections in St. Paul that the city's office will work to pass later this year. It’s critical that renters are centered and that we design policy first and foremost around their experiences.

Please take a look at the upcoming meetings within Union Park (Wards 1 and 4) to engage renters/other stakeholders in our community on city-level tenant protections.


We had a great time at our June slow roll! Come out and join bike enthusiasts and local residents in the Union Park Community as we take another slow roll on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30-1:30pm. Our roll will begin at the Merriam Park Rec Center (2000 St. Anthony Ave), and will stop at Aldine Park, Groveland Park, and then Izzy's for ice cream! 

The UPDC Slow Stroll Bike Tour 2.0 is in partnership with the Mac-Groveland District Council.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates & RSVP. See you there!

Park Steward Needed!

Take "ownership" of Aldine Park & become a Park Steward! Join UPDC Parks & Environment Committee, and make our local parks a better place for residents. There is funding available for capital improvements, planning, and programs in the park. We need your input for the Aldine Park!! 

Park Steward Duties will include:

  • Planning and executing park maintenence projects
  • Joining Environment & Parks Committee (meetings every third Monday of the month).
  • Capital Improvements (landscaping, etc.)
  • Park Programming 

Aldine Park is located at 1717 Iglehart Ave, St Paul, MN 55104. 

Please Email if you are interested! 


National Night Out

St. Paul's National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 6th 2019! 

Want to host an event on your block? It's easy, free, and fun! Get to know your neighbors & meet your local police. Decide if you'd like to do a potluck, an ice cream social etc. All the forms you need can be found at 

Contact Patty Lammers at 651-266-5455 or with any questions.


Prospective Board Member Meetings

If you are curious about what it's like to be on UPDC's board, come hear from board members and staff about what it takes!

Come to either or both meetings and let's enjoy chatting over food and drinks together.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 15th from 7:30-8:30pm at Augustine's Bakery and Bar (1668 Selby Ave, St. Paul). Check out our facebook event here to RSVP and invite your friends!


Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam 2019!

Join us on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from noon to 4 p.m. at Merriam Park to celebrate the 7th annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, and Jam brought to you by Union Park, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Minnesota United FC and Saint Thomas University!

Enjoy free Izzy’s ice cream, donate to Keystone Communities peanut butter for the food shelf, and jam to local muscial artists Nur-D and The April Fools! Come connect with neighbors, enjoy the beauty of Merriam Park, and don’t forget your peanut butter donation!

In partnership with Eureka Reycling we are trying to make this year's festival zero waste!

You will also be able to enjoy tasty eats from Bark and the Bite! And buy vinyl records from the Solsta Records Bus!

In addition we will have a silent auction, bouncy houses, water slides, food for sale, a dunk tank, activities with City of Skate in the Merriam Skate Park and much, much more! Come connect with neighbors, enjoy the beauty of Merriam Park, and don’t forget your peanut butter donation!

Minnesota United FC will also be putting on a Soccer Clinic for up to seventy 8-12 year olds at the event between 1pm-2pm! Pre-registration is required, so sign up now before the spots run out! Register here! You will also need a waiver form which can be found hereThese forms can be turned in at registration prior to the clinic. If you do not have access to a printer please email and we will accomodate you!

Huge thank you to our Partner and Friend Sponsors so far this year! 

Partners: Selby at Snelling Business Association, Celtic Junction, and the Saint Paul Yoga Center!

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!

Check out our Facebook event here.  

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!

Music & Movement Classes

Union Park is teaming up with Playing With Music to offer mixed-age (birth-kindergarten) music & movement classes in our neighborhood! To kick off the new season, the first class is FREE for new families. Join us at 161 N Snelling Ave. on Fridays at 9:30a.m. for a fun 45-minutes of song and dance that fosters music appreciation and develops basic beat and pitch competency. Email to register.

About Mark Sorvari and Music & Movement
Mark Sorvari, who specializes in Music & Movement for Early Childhood and has worked with infants through kindergarteners at a Reggio Emilia inspired school, offers mixed age (birth to kindergarten) music and movement classes. Certified in Orff Schulwerk, trained in Music Together, Mark offers music that catches a child’s imagination and that inspires participation, play, and learning through active music making. 
Children will “play with” musical materials in the same way that they learn art by “playing with” pencils, crayons, and paints or learn language by “playing with” sounds, words, and ideas. Parents/caregivers act as role models, and their participation (regardless of musical ability) is essential to the child’s musical growth. In class, we sing, dance, play instruments, laugh, and explore music & movement in a relaxed yet focused setting.

Parent testimonials
"My daughter (4.5 mo.) is captivated by the other students, the music and movement. She has started standing and swaying during songs. She babbles when we copy rhythms. We sing the "Hello Song" at home every morning and she never fails to break into a huge smile when it begins. The children are learning not only about music, but how to make friends, how to share, how to negotiate a large room, how to express themselves through dance and song in a space that is safe. This is because of a repeated and open community that the class is fostering" - (Longfellow Resident)

"Playing with Music" is a unique offering amongst infant/preschool music experiences. My 3.5 year old has been enrolled in various music and dance classes from 6 months, and this is the first one I've felt truly engaged with as a parent. "Playing with Music" is exactly what it claims to be -- play -- which is refreshing in a world of overcommitted and over scheduled children" - (St. Paul Resident)


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 past summer. All proceeds went 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."