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Programs & Projects
Our work spans a wide variety of areas that include land use and development, transportation, sustainability, community building, and improving the overall livability and vitality of the Union Park community.
The Union Park and Lex-Ham Solidarity Fund is a grassroots funding effort to provide economic relief for residents. Our goal is to provide housing assistance through one-time, $500 grants to households, to be administered by Keystone Community Services. Assistance can be used to cover housing expenses like rent, mortgage payments, or utilities.
The Union Park District Council is proud to announce the continuation of its Micro-Grant Program. 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. Apply for our current round of micro-grants! Applications due September 1 or earlier.
Tent/Barricade/Compost and Recycling Rental
Union Park has a 10x20 tent and two sets of barricades that the community can rent for block parties, neighborhood or family events as well. There is a charge for both the Tent and Barricade rentals but there is not for the compost and recycling containers.
Neighbors United Funding Collborative
In August 2016, the St. Paul City Council passed Resolution 16-1407 which created a task force to discuss the creation of a community benefits fund to support the neighborhoods adjacent to the Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site. Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is the result of more than 2 years of community engagement, discussions, and outreach and officially "launched" in July 2019.
Ten-Year Community Plan
Union Park finalized the District plan in 2016, providing a ten-year vision that identifies priority policies and strategies for growth, investment, and development in our neighborhoods. The plan will influence local decision-making by the city’s planning department as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
A Major League Soccer franchise, Minnesota United FC, has come to the Twin Cities, and the owners have built a soccer-specific stadium at Snelling and University, on the former "bus barn site" owned by Metro Transit and extending onto some Midway Center private property. Union Park and the City have separately hosted numerous open houses to present the Midway Center Master Plan, Stadium Site Plan, and the Alternative Urban Areawide Review (environmental review) to the public, and to get public input on the project, and the plans have gone through a formal review process at the City.
Saint Paul Greenway
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 we held a panel discussion on the potential for a Midtown Greenway Exension, open to the community and hosted by the Union Park District Council board. There were nearly 100 people in attendance, and the meeting received front-page coverage in the Star Tribune. We heard from people who have been involved in the initiative to extend the Midtown Greenway bikeway from Minneapolis, over the Short Line Mississippi River bridge, and through Union Park down Ayd Mill Road.