A very big “thank you” to everyone for contacting the St. Paul City Council to alert them to the Parkland Dedication ordinance and the amendments it needs to be effective. Your voices were heard and got their attention. At the public hearing, the Council voted to delay a vote until August 12 so they could get more information. A big “thank you” to Council Member Thune for speaking up for parks. A big “thank you” to Council Member Brendmoen for acknowledging The Friends as respected partners and wanting more information on our projected outcomes. A big “thank you” to Council Member Thao for arguing that businesses benefit from parks and should contribute more than the draft requires. City government is most effective when citizens are engaged and leaders are listening. You should be proud of your work. Next step? Contact your Council Member to say “thank you” for their support and encourage them to support a strong ordinance August 12.