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COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Union Park District Council is following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control to slow the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and help protect the health and safety of its staff, partners and the community. 
  • Union Park District Council offices will be closed through March 31st. 
  • The staff will be working from home.
  • All UPDC meetings will here on out be online so please look out for meeting emails.

Neighborly Assistance

  • If you or someone you know is immunocompromised, elderly, sick, or otherwise concerned for any reason and needs help during this outbreak of the coronavirus--your neighbors want to help you!

Need assistance? Click Below!


Want to help your neighbors? Click Below!

 

Need to get in touch? Reach us at:

(651) 645-6887 or info@unionparkdc.org


 

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation facilities to the public, including recreation and community centers, municipal athletic facilities, Great River Water Park, and Como Zoo and Conservatory will be closed beginning March 16th through the 27th

The Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus/COVID-19 information is available on their website and a hotline is available to take phone calls: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3902 open 7 AM to 7 PM.

Ramsey County Public Health - local, updated information about Coronavirus
Programs and restaurants offering food to families in Minnesota


Important Things To Know:

Advocate!


On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits. The executive order makes applicants eligible for unemployment benefits if:

  • A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered them to avoid contact with others.
  • They have been ordered not to come to their workplace due to an outbreak of a communicable disease.
  • They have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare providers that either classes are canceled or the applicant’s ordinary childcare is unavailable, provided that the applicant made reasonable effort to obtain other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from the employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.

 More Information for Workers:

Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline: If you or someone you know is in need, dial 2-1-1 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211

Their Certified Community Resource Specialists are trained to make appropriate referrals for people who believe they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They also are available to provide local resources related to accessing food, paying housing bills and other essential services. Another helpful resource is our 2-1-1 website.



Saint Paul Public Libraries are closed March 16th - 27th. In the meantime discover the digital library resources

Facebook Groups for Neighborhood Community Support:

A message from St. Paul Police Department:

"The Saint Paul Police Department is, unfortunately, experiencing fraud activity preying on concerns about COVID-19 within our community.  We realize that a lot of communications are being published from organizations like out colleges, universities, and neighborhood councils on this topic.  Nevertheless, I promised to pass along information on current fraud trends and this is a concern we would like to interdict for the benefit of our citizens.

 Our best advice

  • Engage only trusted sources for your information.
    • For example, A recent site (coronavirusapp.[.]site) had people believing they would get updated maps of the virus outbreak.
    • Instead, they found it had ransom wear that locked them out of their phones and demanded $100 in bitcoin to have the phone unlocked.
    • Watch out for phishing emails and texts.
    • Students received an email claiming to be from their college directing them to a webpage for updates on the school's actions.
    • Instead, they were asked to log in to their office 365 accounts and their credentials were stolen.

We advise undertaking a dual-verification approach to responding to calls for assistance, fundraising or for up to the minute information on the emerging trends of this pandemic.

  • Instead of responding directly to an e-message or following a link embedded in an e-mail or text message, we recommend taking extra steps to contact the source of the message and seek out how to participate.
  • We recommend interested persons use an alternative means of looking up contact phone numbers or e-mail addresses to participate in any programs.  DO NOT rely on links or use phone numbers included in the message – use an alternative means to source appropriate contact information."

Take good care of yourselves, your families, and your neighbors!

Seeking our next Executive Director!

Union Park District Council (UPDC) is seeking our next Executive Director. If you are ready to lead a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that is committed to serving the Union Park neighborhood of St. Paul we welcome your application materials. Details of the announcement and job description can be found here. Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to the Search Committee Chair, Mark Martinez at mark@unionparkdc.org and state UPDC Executive Director in the subject line.

Neighborhood Honor Roll Feedback Request

Recently, the District Councils of Saint Paul have voted to not hold a city-wide Neighborhood Honor Roll in order for the District Councils to reimagine the event.

fret not, for nominations are still open. Fortunately, UPDC has decided to hold a Neighborhood Honor Roll event just for neighbors in Union Park towards the end of the 2020 year.

In the meantime, give us your feedback by taking this survey on what you would like to see happen for next year's City-wide Neighborhood Honor Roll.

Saint Paul Public Works Community Meeting about Ayd Mill Road

 

 

3/19: Ayd Mill Road Community Meeting Update From St. Paul Public Works 

Following federal and state guidelines, Saint Paul Public Works canceled the scheduled in-person community meeting on Ayd Mill Road. To continue to meet the project timeline, share project information and gather community feedback, Public Works recorded the planned in-person PowerPoint presentation as a narrated video of the slides.

Please watch the Ayd Mill Road Community Presentation video, which shares information about the history of Ayd Mill Road, the condition of the road, and alternatives that have been considered for repair and maintenance of the road, including the proposed 3-lane plan. After watching the video or viewing the PowerPoint slides of the presentation, please complete the feedback form by March 31, 2020 so we can gather your concerns and questions about the recommended proposal for Ayd Mill Road. 

 

Rent a Barricade, Tent or Recycling/Compost Bins

Union Park's neighborhoods are known for their connectedness. Making an effort to get to know your neighbors will increase the safety of your block. Participating in -- or hosting -- a block party on National Night Out, on the first Tuesday of August, is a great way to start. 

BARRICADE RENTAL

Union Park has street barricades that communit

y members can use for block parties, neighborhood, or family events. The street barricades are required by the city when you block off your street or alley -- but ours are a more-affordable option than getting them from Public Works.

  • Barricades only cost $40 and also require a $80 deposit which you will get back after returning the barricades.
  • Reservations are first-come, first-served.
  • To borrow our barricades, you must have an event permit from the city.

To reserve this equipment, download and return the reservation form to wako@unionparkdc.org.

BLOCK PARTY TENT RENTAL

Union Park has a 10x20 tent that the community can rent for block parties, neighborhood or family events as well. 

  • The tent rental costs $80 and also requires a $100 deposit which you will get back after returning the tent undamaged.
  • Reservations are first-come, first-served.

To reserve this equipment, download and return the reservation form to wako@unionparkdc.org.

RECYCLING/COMPOST CONTAINERS

 We have 3 compost containers and 4 recycling containers that Union Park community members can reserve out free of charge. Please email wako@unionparkdc.org if you are interested in reserving any combination of these containers.

 

Allianz Stadium Community Benefits Fund

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.

The fund has been named the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative (NUFC) and is the result of more than 2 years of community engagement, discussions, and outreach and officially "launched" in July 2019.

NUFC has been shaped over time by community representatives from the Community Benefits Fund Task Force laid out in a 2016 City Council resolution authored by Thao.

Over the last year, the task force gathered thoughts, ideas, and aspirations for the creation of this community benefits fund and what it might support, including nearly 900 neighborhood comments during initial outreach. Focusing on preventing commercial displacement and supporting small and immigrant/POCI-owned businesses was a priority for just over half of the commenters (478). Other categories like placemaking, beautification, public art, and public health through sanitation were a priority for just under half of the comments (402).

Ideas ranged from façade improvements for local businesses to public art installations, such as sidewalk planters and artist-inspired benches. Ideas aimed to support business development, beautify streetscapes and encourage foot traffic and vibrancy. The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative will now be tasked with implementing that vision, with operational support from both Union Park District Council and Hamline Midway Coalition

“We’re excited to help make investments in the neighborhood that match the vision laid out in these community conversations. As the site and surrounding area are fully developed, we’re fully committed to helping existing residents and organizations benefit from that development.” - Brandon Long, Union Park District Council, Executive Director

Those investments will be overseen by an advisory committee with community representatives from area neighborhoods, local businesses, soccer supporters groups, and those with expertise in development.

Mudge and Long encourage all community members interested in serving on the NUFC committee to complete the short online NUFC Board Application or reach out to Brandon Long with any questions. The goal is to have advisory committee members in place by the start of the new year to get work underway. 

We need folks with experience in small business, fundraising, grantmaking, marketing - all of the above.

To learn more about how you can support the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative, visit https://www.givemn.org/story/Nufc.

 

 

 

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 wako@unionparkdc.org if you are interested!