St. Paul Parks and Recreation Project Updates
Two projects on the West Side are continuing improvements. The Cherokee Regional Park will continue a connecting trail addition and the Ohio Street curve will receive new lighting this spring. A presentation was made at our March West Side Voices Forum.
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation - Presented by Brett Hussong
Cherokee Regional Parks Trail Connection
- Connects regional trail (that follows bluff) to the facilities (bathroom and drinking fountains
- Received $300,000 to construct trail
- Question about adding concessions/ food trucks/ vending
- Question about who the trail will serve, will it increase equity of parks?
- There isn’t an answer, they don’t know who it will serve
- Comment that a path is helpful for ADA and elderly folks
Ohio Street Lighting System
- 12 lantern style lights going in from Isabel to Plato, planned to be installed in April. Trail will be closed for about a week to do work. New LED lights.
- Will send out warning about when the trail will close, put signs up a week in advance.
POSTPONED To the FALL OF 2020
CNU UPDATE: Due to the various recommendations for shelter-in-place and restrictions on non-essential travel related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the CNU 28.Twin Cities Legacy Projects have been postponed. New dates will be announced once regular business travel has resumed.
Each year, in conjunction with its annual Congress, CNU (the Congress for the New Urbanism) invites municipalities and neighborhood organizations within the Congress's host region to apply for pro-bono technical assistance from leading urban design firms. Each expert-led Congress Legacy Project is aimed at empowering local leaders, advocates, and residents in underserved communities to implement New Urbanist principles that help people and businesses in their communities thrive. Through public engagement and collaboration, CNU’s Legacy Projects strive to demonstrate the power of great urban design beyond the boundaries of each selected community, and targeted communities experience both short-term progress and long-lasting momentum.
The West Side was selected as one of the few recipients of a legacy project. This means, all eyes will be on the West Side from a national standpoint!
Join us at 88 Cesar Chavez - 6 - 9 PM on date TBA to participate in the community discussion. Discussion continues 9 AM to 9 PM on Dates TBA, same location.
The City of Saint Paul is working on a Request for Proposals (RFP) for future development on the city-owned "Fox Lots" at 149 and 171 Robert St South on the West Side Flats. An RPF asks interested developers to send their plans of what they would build if the city were to sell them the lots. Currently the City is asking for the suggestions, priorities and general feedback for what the West Side community would like to see built here. City staff will use community feedback to craft the guidelines of the RFP.
3/18/20 - City Council passes Amended West Side Community Plan - Link to City site.
68 RES PH 20-26 Amending the West Side Community Plan to add the WSCO Equitable
Development Scorecard as an appendix.
Yea: Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Thao, Councilmember Tolbert,
Councilmember Noecker, Councilmember Prince, Councilmember Jalali
and Councilmember Yang
The first Public Hearing on the amended West Side Community Plan to add the Equitable Development Scorecard, will be December 6th, 8:30 AM Room 40 City Hall (basement) - Click Here for details.
Applications are being taken to join the Equitable Development Scorecard Review Group. These eight West Side Community members will oversee the implementation of using the scorecard to rate future development proposals on the West Side.
Do you live in Saint Paul's West Side neighborhood (55107) and are at least 16 years of age? Would you like to help build community and power for your neighborhood? Run for election to be in the WSCO board! Applications are now open. Elections will take place at the WSCO annual meeting on October 3rd, 2019. Board tems will start January 2020.
Do you know a phenomenal West Side resident who should be recognized for their impact on our community? Nominate them for the 2019 West Sider of the Year award! The award will be presented at the WSCO annual meeting on October 3rd.