News from Ward 5 (April 12, 2024)

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April 12, 2024

Open Discussion on Community Safety - April 15 & 17

youth and safety

Join in this upcoming open discussion on community safety, with a focus on what's been learned from conversations about safety with people in St Paul ages 13-24. All community members of all ages are welcome to attend! 

Session 1: Mon, April 15 | 5:30-7pm | Frogtown Community Center (230 Como Ave)

Session 2: Wed, April 17th | 4-5:30pm | Neighborhood House (179 Robie St E)

This event is hosted by World Youth Connect, the Saint Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety and the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab.  

Ward 5 Fair Housing Forum

Fair Housing Forum

April is Fair Housing Month. Join Council Vice President Kim at the upcoming a Fair Housing Forum to learn your rights and housing resources:

Tuesday, April 23rd | 6-7:30pm | North Dale Rec Center

Topics to be covered:
• Know your rights – renters/tenants
• Information on new tenant protection laws
• Resources for homeownership
• Ways the City can support you

More fair housing resources information online at 

PCIARC Annual Summit

police civilian internal affairs review commission openings and summit

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) is the City’s community oversight board for allegations of police misconduct.

Get Involved

The PCIARC is comprised of Saint Paul residents and is seeking new members! Those interested can apply to join the PCIARC online or email the PCIARC Coordinator, Sierra Cumberland at for more information.

May 16th PCIARC Annual Summit

The City’s Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission's (PCIARC) Annual Summit will take place on May 16, 2024, 6:00-7:30 at the Rondo Community Library (461 Dale St N).

Please join to learn more about civilian oversight of Saint Paul Police Department and how community members are involved in the filing and review of complaints regarding misconduct of police officers. We'll discuss the complaint review process and data from the 2023 PCIARC Annual Report.

Register for the PCIARC Annual Summit here. Contact the PCIARC Coordinator with any questions or request a language interpreter for the event at or 651-266-8970.

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 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

Youth with a fishing rod at the river

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

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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 - starts today!

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.

Tax Assistance by April 15th

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. 

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

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.