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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

Schedule:

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 alexa@unionparkdc.org 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)

 

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 alexa@unionparkdc.org. We hope to see you there! 

 

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."

 

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

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.

Events:
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.

Neighborhood Honor Roll

Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members from Union Park as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. We nominate neighbors whose volunteer contributions have made significant and lasting impacts in the community.

This year Union Park District Council honors Nancy Rosenberg, Emily Hoisington, and Rachel Westermeyer:

They are holding certificates, from left: Nancy Rosenberg, Emily Hoisington, and Rachel Westermeyer. A big thanks to them, and to everyone who volunteers time and energy to enhancing our neighborhoods! 


Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Emily Hoisington is an artist and resident of Union Park since 2005. She has volunteered countless hours of her time and talent working with neighborhood volunteers to create a pavement mural for the Aldine Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 94. They designed the mural by drawing continuous lines, outlining and connecting shapes and textures visible from the bridge, and painted between the lines to create a colorful puzzle-like mosaic that enlivens the bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Rachel Westermeyer is a retired educator and community organizer who has been committed for over thirteen years to improving our community by addressing University of St. Thomas neighborhood impacts. She has co-chaired a collaborative board between University and resident representatives, hosted countless community meetings, supported zoning changes, participated in negotiations, led seminars, drafted guidance documents, testified at public hearings, presented at conferences, and more—sharing the tools necessary to empower others to continue her work.  

Nancy Rosenberg’s family has been selling goods at the corner of University and Snelling for over 60 years. Her father started Big Top Liquor there and she worked alongside him for 20 years until his death in 2016. As the store’s managing partner, and works to support the local community by employing many local neighborhood residents, hosting community events, supporting local artists, contributing to local nonprofits, and supporting her fellow business owners through the many changes the area has seen.  




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.

 

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting of the membership is open to all Union Park residents and business owners. This year, it will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Otto Hall of Episcopal Homes (1860 University Ave.).

We’ll start with a social hour from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with appetizers and desserts. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. with City Councilmembers Russ Stark and Dai Thao, and will feature a panel of business owners from our community. The evening will also include a presentation of our board's slate of candidates, and information about our work over the past year. You're welcome to join us! Contact julie@unionparkdc.org with questions. 

Midway in Motion

Please join Union Park District Council for a fun-filled block party at Shields and Roy Streets on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Enjoy free food, music, and children’s activities. We’ll be transforming part of the street into a pedestrian-focused gathering place, and you’ll have a chance to provide valuable input on how to improve the pedestrian safety and walkability of the area during this event.

We’re collaborating with the Central Baptist and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches to host this party, and funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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