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Progressive Dinner

Are you interested in getting to know more of your neighbors and seeing other homes in our community? Union Park District Council plans to coordinate a Progressive Dinner, when the various courses of a meal are enjoyed at different homes within a neighborhood, from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th.

Union Park is looking for people who would like to host. Hosting involves opening up your homes and offering one of the three courses. You can decide how many people you'd like to invite and what to serve.

If you are interested in the event but not sure about hosting this year, we would still love for you to attend the Progressive Dinner. We just ask that attendees who do not host contribute a suggested donation of $10 to support Union Park and our programming.

For more information about the Union Park Progressive Dinner, email


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.  

Community Open House

The Union Park District Council has moved to a new office at 161 Snelling Ave. N. We look forward to serving the community at our more accessible location. If you'd like to meet some of our board and committee members, and talk with them about our work, you're welcome to join us for an open house in our new space on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy music by Eli's Sons, light hors d'oeuvres provided by Whole Foods and Augustine's, and the company of your neighbors!

Indoor Salad Garden Workshop

Did you know you can grow fresh salad greens throughout the winter with no lights, no greenhouse, and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill?

Lee Olson and will teach you how to grow sprouted seeds in soil, employing a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots and provides delicious, healthy salad greens in less than ten days at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market.

This workshop on Wednesday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the WACPAC (161 Snelling Ave. N.) will have first-time and experienced gardeners discovering the fun and productive world of indoor salad gardening. 

Please rsvp for this free event by emailing

Honor Roll Honorees

Every year, we recognize three outstanding community members or groups from the Union Park community as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration being held on January 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Hall.

This year Union Park District Council honors:

Eli’s Sons are local public figures otherwise known as David Skinner and Dale Gruber. They love bringing joy to people by combining music, laughter, and community. They have generously volunteered their time and resources to provide all of the music for Union Park’s annual Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam event in Merriam Park. They book bands, set up, operate equipment, handle promotions, play amazing family-friendly music, and bring incredible positive energy to the event. 

Scott Banas has offered his neighborhood knowledge, legal expertise, and mediation skills to the community for over fifteen years. He served as president of the Merriam Park Community Council, and played a key role in the merger of three community councils into Union Park a decade ago. He also worked on the complex negotiations over the University of St. Thomas conditional use permit, and has served as a watchdog for residents on a number of campus/community issues. 

James Ebert is a professional photographer who has volunteered countless hours of his time and talent to shoot, edit, and share photographs of Union Park community events, businesses, and residents. His high quality photographs have enhanced the district council’s communication efforts and highlighted issues of importance in the community. His photos are featured prominently on our website, in our office, and throughout our recently approved ten-year community plan.

Recycling Upgrades

Starting on January 16th new 64-gallon recycling carts with wheels and lids replaced blue bins. Cardboard food containers, refrigerated boxes, and cardboard tubes will be accepted in the single-sort recycling carts.

For addresses within Union Park, recycling pickup has changed to Monday. If you have access to an alley, your recycling will be collected from the alley. Residents without alley access will put their recycling cart out at the curb.

Starting in April, if you would like to try a smaller (32-gallon) or larger (95-gallon) cart you may request a switch by calling Eureka Recycling at 651-222-7678. One switch will be allowed at no charge. Visit for frequently asked questions and more information.

Looking to recycle your old blue bin and learn more about recycling changes? Join Eureka Recycling and the Union Park District Council on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the WACPAC at 161 Snelling Ave. N for a community conversation. Connect with your neighbors about waste reduction in the community, ask questions about the upcoming changes to the recycling program in Saint Paul, turn in unwanted old blue recycling bins, see the screening of Story of a Cereal Box, and enjoy local food and beverage from Trotter's Cafe and Cahoots. Contact with any questions.

Art Reception at WACPAC

You are invited to celebrate the reincarnation of Hague Avenue’'s Goddess Tree on January 19th from 7 - 9 p.m. at the WACPAC at 161 Snelling Ave. The old Elm tree at the corner of Hague and Pierce, painted by Hend Al-Mansour, now resides at the WACPAC. Pianist Ora Itkin, Saed Kakish of Cahoots, and the Cadenza music folks will celebrate with us its coming back to life. Join us for an evening of live music, dance, and refreshment.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

Our board has endorsed a commitment to inclusion. Please join us in supporting this effort: The Union Park District Council endeavors that our community be a place where all are welcome and all are safe. Hatred or fear sown among us erodes the strength of our community and will not be tolerated. It is our board’s commitment to promote inclusion of ideas, people, voices and cultures, which make us stronger, more vibrant, economically more stable, and one of the best places to live, work and learn.

Committee on Land Use and Economic Development Meeting

Would you like to learn more about development projects going on in our community, and have a chance to influence them? From liquor licenses to affordable housing projects, our Committee on Land Use and Economic Development addresses what's happening in Union Park. This month's October 17 meeting will focus on the city's proposal to rezone parts of Snelling (and the three blocks of Selby adjacent to Snelling) to encourage higher density mixed-use development in areas currently zoned for businesses and multiunit housing. And, we'll be hearing from St. Thomas on its ambitious new campus master plan. You're welcome to join us! Learn more here: