Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/3/2022

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June 3, 2022

Hillcrest Master Plan Approved


This Wednesday, Saint Paul City Council adopted the Hillcrest Master Plan. I am happy to share my full support!

I am so grateful for the collective that came together to bring us to this point. From residents and people who live, work, and play in Saint Paul, organizations, the Saint Paul Port Authority, city staff, Hillcrest community committees, the Planning Commission, and elected officials. We are taking a big step in bringing forward transformational change for the East Side and Saint Paul as a whole. I’m so proud to be leading this work alongside you all and am both committed to & inspired by everyone’s vision to bring housing, especially deeply affordable housing, livable wage jobs, arts, environmental sustainability and more to this site!

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Art in the Hollow

Art in the Hollow

The East Sides' Great Art Get-togetherSaturday June 4, 10 AM - 5 PM in Swede Hollow Park. Free admission.  The park will be filled with 100 artists and 2 stages of performers. Art in the Hollow hosts artists of every kind, at every level of experience. 

Free parking at Saint Paul Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Ave East. During the festival, visitors can start at the Hamm's Brewery parking lot and make their way through the St Paul Brewing patio and the old brewery ruins down into the park. There will be food trucks, pizza and pints at the St Paul Brewing Patio. Golf carts will run for those who need a break from their feet.  Rain or shine, the East Side's largest free outdoor art festival is happening!


Splish, Splash, Summer Fun!

Como Pool

St Paul Parks & Recreation has plenty of summer fun opportunities to beat the heat!

  • Phalen Beach: Phalen Beach opened limited weekends starting May 29, and open for it's regular season June 11.
  • Splash pads: All Splash pads will open with regular hours June 11. *this is an update from last week
  • Pools: Highland Park Aquatic Center will open for pre-season open swim June 3 - 5. That location, along with Como Pool, will open for the regular season June 11. Great River Water Park will not be open during the summer, and may have adjusted hours over the weekend as staff transition to outdoor swimming locations.
  • Swimming lessons: Registration for summer swimming lessons at Como Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center are open. 
  • Aquatics memberships: Summer aquatics memberships are available for purchase online.
  • Sailing lessons: Learn to sail on Lake Phalen! Sailing lesson registration is open. 

River Learning Center Community Meeting

River Learning Center

The City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy invite you to attend a community meeting on the River Learning Center Thursday, June 9, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Watergate Marina (2500 Crosby Farm Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55116).

Three different design concepts will be presented for the River Learning Center – a mixed-use, river-focused space with a National Park Service headquarters at Crosby Farm Regional Park. At the meeting, the project team will present the design concepts as well as a list of guiding design principles based on feedback gathered from the first community meeting and survey conducted in April. Community members will be asked to share their preference for and feedback on each concept, and will be able to engage in smaller groups with project team members to ask questions and share thoughts following the presentation. Snacks will also be provided.

More info at greatriverpassage.org/river-learning-center.

Met-Council Funding for Housing & Livable Wage Jobs


The City of Saint Paul pre-application period has opened for the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) Development and Transit Oriented (TOD) Development programs.

  • Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) Development Grants - funding projects that create more housing choice through the creation or preservation of affordable housing, or introduction of new housing types. Projects create living wage jobs accessible to local workers are also competitive. Must mitigate climate change through sustainable site design and building practices. Must strive to achieve equitable development outcomes.
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grants - funding for moderate to higher-density development or redevelopment projects within easy walking distance of a major transit stop. Typically include a mix of land uses. Must include diverse uses and increase the concentration of amenities in compact transit station areas. 

Eligible costs: site acquisition, demolition, clearance, building rehabilitation (interior and exterior), new construction and related public infrastructure, energy efficiency. quality of life improvements.  Design processes that include public place-making, way finding, universal design elements and artist-led reflections are encouraged!

Pre-applications for both programs are due Wednesday, June 15, 2022Grant details here.

Questions? Contact Marilyn Rosendahl, Senior City Planner, (651) 266-6606 or Marilyn.Rosendahl@stpaul.gov

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays. Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

WaterFest, June 4 at Lake Phalen


Stop by Lake Phalen on June 4th from 11am - 4pm for a fun-filled day at WaterFest!

This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes provides an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. 

Enjoy the water with canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and sailboat rides. Experience the water from land with fishing lessons and water games. Other activities include climbing walls, face painting, a Water Bar featuring water flights from our communities, performers, food trucks and lots more! Volunteers are also needed!

New Arlington Hills Soccer Field

Arlington Hills Soccer Field

Legislative Aide Chris Xiong had a great time at this week's volunteer event, helping lay the sod for the new soccer field at Arlington Hills Community Center!

The field is being built with support from the STAR grant program, TORO, and the Minnesota United. Big thank you to to them and the Payne Phalen District Council for all the support and work that has gone into this project!

Discounted Backyard Compost Bins Available!

rain and compost barrels

Ramsey County and the Recycling Association of Minnesota have partnered to offer a second round of discounted compost bin sales with a pick-up in Maplewood on June 15. The compost bins are $76, plus tax. Ramsey County residents can get an additional $20 off.

Order online at RecycleMinnesota.org and enter promo code “Ramsey” to receive the discounted price or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident. Order here!

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

COVID Resources

free covid tests

You can order a FREE Third Round of At-Home COVID Tests at www.covid.gov/tests!

COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to COVID testing, vaccination, and other resources. Coordinators help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights. Search for a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.

These COVID-19 testing sites are free and open to everyone who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Additional testing locations are open throughout the state. 

All Minnesotans are eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot. Make your appointment.