Ward 6 Weekly Update 7/14/2023

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July 14, 2023

Funding for China Friendship Garden Artwork and Rec Center Deferred Maintenance Projects

There were two big items during this week's Council meeting that will provide helpful funding to amenities in our Ward!

Hmong Plaza Design

Wards 1, 2, 6 and 7 came together to dedicate Neighborhood Year-Round STAR funding for the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society to engrave the Pandau Symbol on the Hmong Plaza in Liu Ming Yuan at Phalen Park. Thank you to Councilmembers Jane Prince and Rebecca Noecker for their partnership in supporting this next step of the ongoing construction of the garden! You can see images of the design and learn more about the China Friendship Garden here

Rec Center deferred maintenance

Ward 6 Year-Round STAR financing has also been approved for the St. Paul Parks Department in Partnership with Saint Paul Parks Conservancy for improvements to 5 recreation centers, including: Arlington Hills Community Center, Duluth & Case Recreation Center, Hayden Heights Recreation Center, Hazel Park Recreation Center, and Phalen Recreation Center. This funding will be used to make permanent improvements at each facility, focusing on deferred maintenance projects that have not been addressed through the regular City budget process. This will only cover a small part of the deferred maintenance needs at each site, but I'm glad our our office will be a direct part of helping these improvements along! Thank you to the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy for your collaboration. 

Greater East Side Community Picnic and Potluck

Greater East Side Community Cookout and Potluck

Celebrate with your Greater East Side neighbors at the Greater East Side Community Picnic and Potluck! It will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, July 19th at Beaver Lake Park. 

Payne-Phalen Community Cookout

Payne-Phalen Community Cookout

You're invited to the Payne-Phalen Community Cookout! Saturday July 22, 2023, 4 - 7 PM at the Phalen Park Pavilion (1600 Phalen Drive). There will be free food and games for all ages!

Call for Artwork Submissions - 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery

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Join in celebrating the tapestry of cultures in our neighborhood! Participate in the 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery fine-art exhibition on September 8 and 9 - in its 4th year in 2023!

This call for artwork is open to all - and free!
"We are encouraging all visual artists to participate, be they local or national, and be they well established or emerging! We are seeking diverse representation of all the groups who live, work and shop in our neighborhood - and yours - be they recent immigrants, new arrivals in the neighborhood, or long-term residents."

Please submit your art for the 2023 Solidarity Street Gallery by July 31st.

2023 Neighborhood STAR Applications Open

Neighborhood STAR program

Applications are now open
 for the 2023 
Neighborhood STAR program funding round. Completed applications must be submitted by Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

STAR funding may only be used for permanently affixed, physical (“bricks and mortar”) enhancements which strengthen and/or improve the neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Projects may include commercial and/or housing rehabilitation, parks projects, streetscape projects, creative placemaking/place-keeping, and economic development activities with an expected life of seven or more years. Public, private, non-profit or for-profit entities located in or doing business in Saint Paul may apply for STAR funds.

Find more details, specific program guidelines and a link to the application at stpaul.gov/nstar.

Program changes for 2023 

The Saint Paul City Council recently adopted guideline changes for Neighborhood STAR to increase accessibility to grant funds. These changes include:  

  • In 2023, Neighborhood STAR will be a grants-only program (no loan awards)
  • Grant requests of up to $50,000 will no longer require matching funds. Going forward, only grant requests of over $50,000 will require one-to-one matching funds in the full amount of the Neighborhood STAR funding request.

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

Attention Ward 6 Businesses! Are you looking to refresh the appearance of your storefront this summer? Check out East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Friendly Storefronts Program - Grant funding is available for façade improvement projects on a first come basis. See the flyer for general program guidelines, and send all inquiries to jmcgregor@esndc.org to start the application process!

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet virtual appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Swimming Lessons Scholarships

Free Swim Lessons

Apply for no-cost swimming lessons through Saint Paul Aquatics! You can get more details and apply for the scholarship in-person at any of the 3 St Paul Aquatics centers, or by emailing parksaquatics@ci.stpaul.mn.us

East Side Artmobile!

East Side Artmobile

Join in the FREE drop-in art classes for youth at different recreation centers each weekday. Taught by professional artists. Each week is a new take-home art project.

Two sessions offered: July 10 - 28, and July 31 - August 18.

Click here to view the East Side Art Council's Artmobile summer schedule.

Free Meals for Kids and Teens

SPPS Free Summer Meals Food Truck

Summer meals are available at NO COST to kids 18 and under, or those over 18 with a disability enrolled in a school program. 

SPPS Nutrition Services’ food truck will serve meals at daily locations from June 26 to August 18. 

Check out the FREE summer meal schedule and menu here!

Saint Paul Business Awards

Saint Paul Business Awards

The Saint Paul City Council is accepting nominations and applications for the Business Awards.
These awards are part of the City Council's ongoing Open for Business initiative, which began in 2015 with the aim of enhancing Saint Paul's business environment and making it an even more attractive place for commerce. This business recognition is open to all businesses, so don't miss the chance to submit a business award nomination by Wednesday, August 23rd!

Watch this video about last year's Saint Paul Business Awards winners! 

2023 Cultural STAR Applications Open

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The Cultural STAR program provides grants for arts and cultural programming and organizations within the City of Saint Paul.

Applications are open for the 2023 funding round. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

Find more details, specific program guidelines and a link to the application at stpaul.gov/cultural-star.

Summer Fun through St Paul Parks & Recreation

Paddle Share group photo of kayakers going down Mississippi River

Choose from a variety of fun summer programming options for youth through Saint Paul Parks & Recreation

Summer camps and activities

Summer Rec Check: Free program for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm at 23 sites. 

Summer S'more Fun: $42/day for those entering grades 1-6 this fall on Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm at 3 sites. Limited spots available.

Recreation in MotionA free youth program offering athletic programs, arts and crafts, and other organized activities. No pre-registration is required. 

Ward 6 Year Round STAR Grant

Ward 6 STAR funding

If you run a business or non-profit in St Paul Ward 6 and are you needing to make a permanent improvement (lasting 7+ years) to your building, you may be eligible for Ward 6 Year-Round STAR Funding!

Please email our office with information on your project to receive an application. Read full STAR eligibility guidelines here. Applications are subject to approval from the Saint Paul STAR Board and Saint Paul City Council.  

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens

Property tax deferral

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens through the State of MN may allow you to defer a portion of the property taxes you owe. Visit the link above or call 651-556-6091.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

Find test-to-treat locations  where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Self-testing 

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19