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Mississippi River Critical Area: Local developers try to loosen rules for river development in Metro. Bluff setbacks, flood plain rules, etc., to be decided again.
St. Paul's Boulevard Tree Inventory created to track urban forest needs.
A Tale of 2 Bobs: Bob Nethercut and Bob Piram shaped the Metro Regional Park System.
Buy the parks a tree for the holidays: Parks need trees to replace weather damaged and
Changes in the City of St. Paul Park Land Leasing: Past leasing abuses for private benefit led to a
restriction of a five year lease limit on park land. The City wishes to change this time limit
to encourage private capital investment in park infrastructure such as restaurants, marinas, etc.
Ford Plant Development: will it have parks, trails, how is it configured?
The Ford truck plant buildings are currently being demolished.
Designated park land zoning in St. Paul: In St. Paul's comprehensive plan parks are to be zoned as park land instead of zoning of park lands for other uses.
Park land dedication in St. Paul and other cities: How are the new MN Legislature statutes on park land dedication to be applied to MN Charter Cities and
Dickerson Park: Will it get funding through the Central Corridor transit funds?
September: One landowner next to the park will remove encroachments from a previous school tenant.
35E Cayuga project pedestrian and bicycle access:
Gateway Trail bridge removed, what mitigation needs to be done to connect neighborhoods on both sides
of the freeway.
Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS), (formerly TCAAP)
The last large open property in Ramsey County is now being surplused by the Federal General Services Administration (GSA).
Part is used by the MN National Guard.
2013: A 49 acre wildlife corridor is to be
transferred to Ramsey County for a wild life corrider to AHATS.
2010: Negotiations for a 110 acre North-South trail right of way between
AHATS and the surplused property underway.
2008: 113 acres of property along Rice Creek was transferred to
Ramsey County and is open as a park with a canoe route!
2013 Park Volunteer Awards and Public Service Award
June 20, Keller Regional Park, Friends of the Parks and Trails Annual Picnic and Awards
Park Volunteer Awards: Del Case and Marge Case
Del Case and Family
Del was Friends of Mears Park Coordinator from 2005 to 2012, assisted by his
wife Marge. Del listened to the concerns of the gardeners and encouraged new gardeners and accepted gardener applications. Del managed over 80 volunteers. Marge passed away this past March, and she is sadly missed in the park by everyone.
Del and Marge took advantage of flower donations through MN Green. They had their truck ready to pickup flowers for the gardeners at any given date.
Del coordinated the dates for Friends of Mears Park to meet with the City every spring and fall plus a FoMP volunteer meeting before annual meetings with the City. This meeting was a social hour. It was important to Del and Marge that the gardeners got to know each other.
Del and Marge loved working with the gardeners, sharing their gardening skills, helping or assisting in any way they could.
Park Volunteer Award: Doug Olson
Doug Olson and President Andy Holewa
Doug is currently the Parks and Gardens chair for the Ramsey Hill Association whose area encompasses six public parks. Doug is responsible for purchasing plants and recruiting volunteers for all of the parks.
Under his supervision these volunteers plant and tend the gardens throughout the season. He also researched and planted a rain garden in the renovated Holly Tot Lot, one of the six parks.
From 2000 to 2010 Doug was head of the Public Parks Committee for the Garden Club of Ramsey County.
In addition to the above Doug maintains the garden at the Sunray public library.
Public Service Award: St. Paul City Council Member Russ Stark
Board Member Richard Arey and Councilman Russ Stark
Russ initiated the Green Line Parks and Commons Initiative, which is now being led by the Trust for Public Land and the Mayor’s office. This is an effort examining the possibility of a parks corridor between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis bordering the Central Corridor line, or Green Line.
He worked with neighbors to help develop a dog park at Meeker Island Park to get more people using it for recreation and to discourage illicit activities.
Russ also initiated the creation of the Como Regional Park Advisory Committee to ensure that the Parks and Recreation Department and the neighborhood stakeholders are in good communication about Como Park.
Russ led the passage of a resolution supporting Complete Street (making sure street projects consider all users – pedestrians, vehicles, bikes, buses, trucks) in the City, and a Compete Streets Design Manual is now being written with funding from the US Department of Transportation.
He also initiated the creation of a Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission to better integrate transportation (including bike trails) into City planning decisions.
Mississippi River Corridor Plan
AKA "The Great River Passage Master Plan" is up for public comment.
The plan links, topics and public comment period dates are at
GreatRiverPassage.org. The plan has good things and bad in our view, please check out our comments (PDF). The plan will affect the Mississippi River front, bluff and flood plain developments for decades.
St. Paul Park Land Dedication Ordinance
In 2007, the City of St. Paul passed an ordinance requiring that new
development in the city contribute either cash or land for the park system.
This requirement helps provide for the increased need for recreation
opportunities, parks, and open spaces that accompany new development. The 2007
ordinance based its requirements on the number of new parking spaces that are
provided by the new development. The ordinance is now being amended and that
requirement for new parking will be changed. Most of the municipalities in
Minnesota have parkland dedication ordinances.
There was a public hearing before the Planning Commission on February 10
regarding the amendments to the parkland dedication
ordinance. The Friends made the following recommendations: Currently in the
ordinance there is a discount of 2/3 for cash instead of land. We are
recommending that there should be no discount.
We also recommend that a 10 percent donation of land (or cash) be made at the
time of platting of the land. Currently, the ordinance requires a 2 percent
donation at the time of platting and 7 percent at the time of building permits.
We believe that a 10 percent donation when the land is platted would be
especially helpful on large parcels of lands such as the Ford property. This
change would improve the current practice where the city gets little bits of
property when the land is platted and then later when building permits are
Here is the proposed amended ordinance with the Friends recommendations in
red, and justification of our recommendations in blue.
Park Land Dedication Changes
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