Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/17/2022

Ward 6 Weekly Update banner

June 17, 2022

Report from the St Paul Legislative Advisory Committee on Reparations

reparations presentation

The St Paul Legislative Advisory Committee on Reparations met over the past year with the goal of creating roles and responsibilities for a new city commission to be known as the St. Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission.

A proposed draft ordinance and 31-page companion report was presented to the city council’s organizational committee on Wednesday. You can read the report and draft ordinance here (click to access the 4 attachments). 

Next steps: The Council and Mayor's office will review the draft ordinance. Key considerations will include funding and staffing. A draft ordinance would then come before Council, have a public hearing, and potentially be amended over the course of several weeks. Stay tuned for more!

Frontline Worker Pay Application Now Open

frontline worker pay

The MN Frontline Worker Pay application is OPEN NOW through July 22, 2022. Apply online at frontlinepay.mn.gov.

The application will be open for 45 days, and the funds are not first come, first served. The money set aside for this program will be split equally among all approved applicants after the 45-day application period, the 15-day appeals period, and the appeals review period.

Eligibility criteria for frontline worker pay were established by the Minnesota legislature and are set forth in the Frontline Worker Pay law. You can review the criteria and guidance in the Frontline Worker Pay information sheet.

Solidarity Street Gallery - Call for Artwork!

Solidarity Street Gallery 2022

Solidarity Street Gallery
invites all visual artists to submit work to a juried fine-art exhibit, to be held Sept 9 + 10 along Payne Ave, in St. Paul, MN. The aim is to bring together artists and the community in one of the most diverse urban districts in St. Paul, MN, for important exchanges about justice, equity, and resilience.

The exhibition theme is RESILIENT GENERATIONS, centered around Southeast Asian communities – and other displaced groups. Visual artworks are being sought, by artists of any background, that reflect on the immigrant experiences of being forced from a homeland; rebuilding lives in a new diaspora home; and establishing a new identity while revitalizing culture, language, and history across generations.

The artworks will be displayed in the storefronts of 35 local businesses and galleries, creating a walkable “Street Gallery” spanning several city blocks. This unique format allows artists to connect to diverse audiences who otherwise my not have the opportunity, means or mobility to experience high-quality art.

To learn more, and to submit your work (July 25 deadline), please go to: 

To mark the event on your calendar, please go to: 

River Balcony - Community Open House

River Balcony

The City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy invite members of the public to attend a River Balcony community open house on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kellogg Mall Park (62 Kellogg Blvd. E).

Refined design concepts will be shared for the River Balcony – a proposed 1.5-mile walkway along and connection to the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul.

For more information and updates on the project, visit the Great River Passage website.

Have Fun in the Water!

Phalen Beach

St Paul Parks & Recreation's pool and beach locations are now open including Phalen Beach, Splash padsHighland Park Aquatic Center, and Como Pool. (Great River Water Park will not be open during the summer as staff transition to outdoor swimming locations.)

Register for summer swimming lessons at Como Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center, or sign up for sailing lessons at Lake Phalen!

Summer aquatics memberships are available for purchase online.

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.

Youth Pride and Pride Family Fun Day in Como Park!

Pride Family Fun Day

1151 Como Ave):

MNSOC Youth Pride

Saturday, June 18th, 1p-6p

Minnesota School Outreach Coalition's Youth Pride is an annual event for LGBTQ2IA+ school-aged people! Be entertained by local youth talent SYM1, drag performers, and more! Dance, dance, dance with local DJs! Engage in outdoor active fun including inflatables! And, enjoy free food, giveaways, prizes, and connection to community partner organizations.

Pride Family Fun Day

Sunday, June 19th11a-2:30p 

This is a FREE Family Fun Day held annually in conjunction with Father’s Day to help celebrate LGBTQ+ families on this observed day!   Hot dogs, chips, beverages, and more. Fun and games for kids.

More Twin Cities Pride Events here!

Greater East Side Renter Cookout

Greater East Side Renter Cookout

Calling all renters! You're invited to join in the Greater East Side Renter Cookout this Saturday for food and fun!

This is a chance to meet their district council, and the renter forum/renter engagement program, learn about getting on the board for the neighborhood, and connect with nonprofits and local officials.

It’s Saturday the 18th from 2pm – 4pm, outside at Hazel Park Rec Center, . There will be food and games for kids administered by Parks and Rec. 😊

Next Steps at the Hillcrest Site

The Heights

What's next now that the Hillcrest Master Plan has been adopted?

Community Engagement Workgroups will collaborate with the Port Authority to inform decisions in alignment with the Hillcrest Master Plan. These groups will focus on Urban Design, Sustainability, Outside Spaces and Housing. 

The adopted Master Plan will guide the work of the Saint Paul Port Authority, the owners and developers of the site, in bringing the project to life.

Stay up-to-date on the Hillcrest redevelopment by subscribing to the project newsletter or visiting stpaul.gov/hillcrest.

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

Test to Treat

Test-to-Treat locations
are now open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests at www.covid.gov/tests.

Make your COVID booster shot appointment here.

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. Find a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.