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Environment and Parks

Our Environment and Parks Committee usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at 161 Snelling Ave. N. In December the meeting will take place one week earlier on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Otto Hall, Episcopal Homes (1860 University Ave.). Residents will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on a proposal to change the name of Iris Park to Union Park. See more information.

The Committee identifies community needs within our current parks and explores ideas for future ones, works to secure improvements to our parks, and supports activities within them. The Committee also makes recommendations on the use of funds earned through a cell phone tower lease agreement, for park activities and improvements. If you have an issue you’d like to bring to the Committee, please contact our Committee Co-Chair Drew Ross.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please email If you are interested in joining our committee, you’ll need to attend three meetings to become a voting member. 

Current Environment and Parks Projects

The Park at Griggs 

We are supporting the development of a new city park between University Avenue and I-94 off of Griggs Street! Most recently, engagement efforts have focused on selecting a name for the new park. [ Read more about the Park at Griggs here ]

Merriam Park Master Plan

We have developed a planning document for future improvements to Merriam Park. [ Review the Master Plan here ]

Naming a "Union Park"

There's a proposal to change the name of Iris Park to Union Park, so the District Council will have a namesake, the park will have better stewardship, and the area's history will be honored. Read more about this proposal here ]