News from Ward 5 (April 5, 2024)

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April 5, 2024

Apply Now for the Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR Programs

Cultural STAR LogoNeighborhood STAR

Applications for Saint Paul’s Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR grant programs are now open! Apply online by Wednesday, May 15 at 4 pm

Neighborhood STAR

The Neighborhood STAR program grants fund capital projects in Saint Paul neighborhoods. To be eligible for a STAR grant, an applicant must:  

  • Be located in or do business in Saint Paul 
  • Make a capital improvement with an expected life of 7+ years   
  • Have a project that contributes to the prosperity, cultural diversity, and vitality of Saint Paul neighborhoods

Details on eligibility, application requirements, and the evaluation and selection process are available in the program guidelines. The guidelines are available in EnglishSpanishHmong/HmoobSomali, and Karen. 

A virtual pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. to provide program information to prospective applicants (click this link to join). 

Have questions? Contact the Neighborhood STAR staff at

Cultural STAR

The Cultural STAR program grows Saint Paul's economy by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and supporting downtown as a vital cultural center. 

Organizations can apply for grants for special projectsorganizational development, or capital projects. Special projects and organizational development work must take place between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2025, to be eligible for this funding round. For capital projects, the work must happen between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2026. 

Attend the virtual information session on Thursday, April 11 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. to learn more about the program and what makes a successful application (click this link to join). 

For additional help, contact Cultural STAR staff at 

Como Regional Park Long-Range Plan - comment period open!

Como Regional Park

The official public comment period for the Como Regional Park Long-Range Plan document began Monday, March 25 and goes through Friday, April 26. The 90% DRAFT document is posted online at the Engage Saint Paul website, where there is a link for you to post your public comments.

Register for Summer Camps and Parks & Rec Activities

Two preschoolers at story time

Summer camp and activity registration is now open! Activities are available for all ages, including arts and crafts, sports, fitness, outdoor adventures, nature exploration, games, technology and more! You can also register for Summer Rec Check--it has everything you love about our school-year Rec Check but with a summer twist!

St Paul Public Library Upcoming Events

Music Mosaic 202upcoming spring break library events

Check out these upcoming library events, including spring break activities for kids and teens, plus Music Mosaic concerts for all ages at

Tax Assistance

tax help

Do you need help with your taxes this year?

Prepare + Prosper offers free tax preparation, financial coaching, and helps people obtain banking access. Tax preparation is done by IRS-certified volunteers. 

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance with several preparation options now through April 15. 

Energy Assistance

energy assistance

Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program helps to pay those energy and water bills. You may apply online or in person.

You can also apply through the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) website. The CAPRW site lists the St. Paul location, hours, and phone number to call for questions.

Contact Us 


Schedule a Lake Lap

Ward 5 residents are invited to meet your councilmember while walking a lap around Lake Como. Email or call the Ward 5 office to schedule.

St. Paul Art Crawl

St Paul Art Crawl

The St. Paul Art Collective's (SPAC) Spring Art Crawl is coming up April 12-28! 

Local spots include:

Find all of the Art Crawl locations on the SPAC website.

Citywide Spring Cleanup Volunteer Event - April 20th

spring cleanup

Celebrate Earth Day at the 38th annual Citywide Spring Cleanup hosted by Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, Saint Paul Public Works and local organizations. 

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 9am-11:30am

Join forces with your neighbors to clean up the litter in our parks and neighborhood streets that has been exposed due to melting snow.

Details on the Citywide Spring Cleanup here.

Unlimited FREE Mattress Pickup and Recycling

mattress recycling

Dealing with a dumped mattress? Or have one that you need to get rid of? 

The City of Saint Paul is partnering with Ramsey/ Washington Recycling & Energy and Second Chance Recycling to offer mattress and box spring recycling collection.

In an effort to recycle mattresses and box springs and keep them out of the trash, mattress pick-up comes at no additional cost to all Saint Paul residents. 

Parks & Rec Programs

Open Swim 2024

Ongoing Activities