News from Ward 5 (April 26, 2024)

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April 26, 2024

90% Draft Como Regional Park
Long-Range Plan - comment today!

Como Regional Park

The official public comment period for the Como Regional Park Long-Range Plan document began Monday, March 25 and ends today: 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.

The next opportunity for folks to share their views on the Como Regional Park Long-Range Plan will be the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission public hearing at their meeting on May 9, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 Griggs St. S. Saint Paul, MN 55105. (Comments can be submitted for this hearing in writing as well for those who cannot attend, by emailing

Adoption of Saint Paul Bicycle Plan

St Paul separated bike ways

On April 24, 2024, the Saint Paul City Council adopted the updated Bicycle Plan. You can watch video of the adoption at the City Council webpage here. This follows a 2.5 year planning process that included two phases of public engagement and two public hearings. 

Staff are making final updates to the Bicycle Plan based on the April 24 adoption and will post the document on the city's bike plan webpage soon.

Some exciting parts of the plan include:

  • A planned network that moves away from striped bike lanes to spaces that are separated from car traffic
  • Opportunities to implement the planned bike network through Common Cent projects, including portions of Como Ave Maryland east of the Lake in Ward 5.
  • New and stronger policy language on funding maintenance of our network

Thank you to everyone who reached out with your comments! 

Parks & Recreation Summer Choice Fair - April 28

summer choice fair 2024

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!

Learn about summer programs this Sunday, April 28 at the Summer Choice Fair

Wondering what summer programs are out there? Attend the Summer Choice Fair where you can visit with a variety of organizations to learn about their summer offerings. This is a free event where attendees can stop by Oxford Community Center (270 Lexington Pkwy) on Sunday, April 28 anytime between 12-3pm. In addition to providing information about summer activities, the Summer Choice Fair will also feature fun activities for children and families. View the list of confirmed vendors on the website.

Free Metro Transit bus passes are available to those attending the event.

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: 1) be located in or do business in Saint Paul, 2) make a capital improvement with an expected life of 7+ years, and 3) have a project that contributes to the prosperity, cultural diversity, and vitality of Saint Paul neighborhoods.

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. 

For additional help, contact Cultural STAR staff at 

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 - final weekend!

St Paul Art Crawl

Enjoy the St. Paul Art Collective's Spring Art Crawl through April 28! Local spots include:

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

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. 

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.