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SARPA's Summit Avenue Garden Stroll

A perennial favorite, the Summit Avenue Garden Stroll, returns Sunday, June 30th from Noon to 4 p.m.  Ticketholders explore one of our country’s most magnificent stretches of urban green spaces as well as stroll through a variety of historic Summit Avenue gardens (12 in all). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at

Ticket prices:   Purchased in advance, $10 for the Garden Stroll and $15 on event day. 

Garden strollers are encouraged to park their cars and walk to the featured gardens.  Ample free parking is available along the avenue.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the neighborhood group’s efforts to preserve the urban, park-like character of Summit Avenue.  The featured gardens are all within a 1.5 mile stretch to make it a walk-able event. Special features include a splendid formal French garden inspired by the manor gardens of Villandry in Loire, France, a fanciful English garden and an extensive community garden sponsored by the House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

The popular Nose Knows Herb Challenge also returns with prizes from our sponsors. The Summit Avenue Garden Stroll will be held rain or shine.  Watch for more details the gardens at and on our Facebook page.  The Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association sponsors the Stroll and is proud to be recognized as the “Nation’s Best Intact Street from Victorian Era,” by the American Planning Association.

Prospective Board Member Meetings

If you are curious about what it's like to be on UPDC's board, come hear from board members and staff about what it takes! Come to either or both meetings and let's enjoy chatting over food and drinks together.

Our first meeting will be Saturday July 13th, from 12-1pm at the Allianz Field Brew Hall (400 Snelling Ave, St. Paul). Our second meeting will be Thursday, August 15th from 6:30-7:30pm at Augustine's Bakery and Bar (1668 Selby Ave, St. Paul). Check out our facebook event here to RSVP and invite your friends!


CLUED The Lexington Project

Thanks to all who attended our last CLUED meeting to discuss the Lexington Project! We deeply appreciated all of the community members who came out Monday evening. Urban development is one of the most important issues today, particularly in light of our country's affordable housing crisis. 

The Committee on Land Use and Economic Development (CLUED) is holding its next meeting on July 15th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Wilder Center to hear details regarding the Lexington Project. The project is a proposed residental building to be developed on a currently vacant site located at 411-417 Lexington Pkwy N (just south of the intersection of University Ave and Lexington Pkwy N).

The project is in a preliminary conceptual design phase, but is currently anticipating ~250 apartment units. All residents and community members from neighbording districts are welcome, given the project's unique location near the intersection of Union Park, Hamline-Midway, Forgtown, and Summit-University Districts. 


Thanks to all of the Union Park Community and St. Paul residents for joining us on our slow stroll– we had a great turnout! We had a great time exploring our beautiful neighborhood communities. We even stopped at Allianz Field for food and drinks, where we shared what we love about public transportation in the cities, and what we want to see improved. Thanks to everyone for joining us!


Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Jam 2019!

Join us on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from noon to 4 p.m. at Merriam Park to celebrate the 7th 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. Come connect with neighbors, enjoy the beauty of Merriam Park, and don’t forget your peanut butter donation! We are trying to make this year's festival zero waste!

Check out our Facebook event here. 

Are you a business owner, non-profit or an artist?

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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 We hope to see you there! 


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!

Music & Movement Classes

Union Park is teaming up with Playing With Music to offer mixed-age (birth-kindergarten) music & movement classes in our neighborhood! To kick off the new season, the first class is FREE for new families. Join us at 161 N Snelling Ave. on Fridays at 9:30a.m. for a fun 45-minutes of song and dance that fosters music appreciation and develops basic beat and pitch competency. Email to register.

About Mark Sorvari and Music & Movement
Mark Sorvari, who specializes in Music & Movement for Early Childhood and has worked with infants through kindergarteners at a Reggio Emilia inspired school, offers mixed age (birth to kindergarten) music and movement classes. Certified in Orff Schulwerk, trained in Music Together, Mark offers music that catches a child’s imagination and that inspires participation, play, and learning through active music making. 
Children will “play with” musical materials in the same way that they learn art by “playing with” pencils, crayons, and paints or learn language by “playing with” sounds, words, and ideas. Parents/caregivers act as role models, and their participation (regardless of musical ability) is essential to the child’s musical growth. In class, we sing, dance, play instruments, laugh, and explore music & movement in a relaxed yet focused setting.

Parent testimonials
"My daughter (4.5 mo.) is captivated by the other students, the music and movement. She has started standing and swaying during songs. She babbles when we copy rhythms. We sing the "Hello Song" at home every morning and she never fails to break into a huge smile when it begins. The children are learning not only about music, but how to make friends, how to share, how to negotiate a large room, how to express themselves through dance and song in a space that is safe. This is because of a repeated and open community that the class is fostering" - (Longfellow Resident)

"Playing with Music" is a unique offering amongst infant/preschool music experiences. My 3.5 year old has been enrolled in various music and dance classes from 6 months, and this is the first one I've felt truly engaged with as a parent. "Playing with Music" is exactly what it claims to be -- play -- which is refreshing in a world of overcommitted and over scheduled children" - (St. Paul Resident)


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 past summer. All proceeds went 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."