In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
July 2016
Comprehensive Multi Modal Transportation Study for SAP 

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Recent Augsburg graduate, Jeff Cornell, spent his last semester in college and into the summer working on a report on transportation in St. Anthony Park. This holistic report maps the bus lines and their usage rates in St. Anthony Park and outlines the challenges and successes we have in transit. The report also reviews the current bike paths, planned bike paths, and ridership rates in our area. The report closes out with an overview of pedestrian access and lack of access in the neighborhood.

Jeff makes several recommendations in improving multi-modal transportation in the neighborhood. He recommends that advocates work with Metro Transit to get more benches and shelters along the 87 bus line because of its high usage rate in St. Anthony Park. Our neighborhood also should look into further securing bike parking because we have very few places to park bikes. Jeff suggests that advocates work with building owners to secure locations. Finally, Jeff concludes that supporting pedestrian access in St. Anthony Park should include making the ADA case for new walking paths from Seal Hi-Rise to the Green Line.

You can read this impressive work on our website.

Survey Results for Resurfacing the SSAP Tennis Courts
 
The results are in! 168 people responded to the online survey on the proposal put forth by Joy of the People (JOTP) to resurface the South St. Anthony Park tennis courts with a turf surface conducive to soccer and grass tennis playing.

Overall, respondents to the survey were supportive of the resurfacing--both those who use the Rec Center from out of the neighborhood and those who live within the neighborhood. In South St. Anthony Park, 49% of residents (23 people) who responded on the survey agreed with the tennis courts resurfacing proposal; 23% (11 people) responded neutrally; and 28% (13 people) disagreed with the proposal. In North St. Anthony Park, 23 residents responded. 91% (21 people) agreed with the resurfacing proposal, while 9% of residents (2 people) disagreed with the proposal.

The majority of people who disagreed with the tennis courts proposal live in the South Side of St. Anthony Park, and several of them live in very close proximity to the park. This survey unearthed some concerns that they have about park management and maintenance. SAPCC is currently working with JOTP and the City of St. Paul to address these neighborhood concerns and build stronger relationships within the neighborhood over the South St. Anthony Park Rec Center.

While in this process, we want to hear from you! Do you live in South St. Anthony Park? Do you have some ideas on how to improve the park? Let us know! Email cailin@sapcc.org.
Coffee with Cailin 
Ever wonder about construction updates? Want to hear about the upcoming developments in the neighborhood? Do you have ideas for the neighborhood you would like to discuss with someone? Ever wonder what the Community Council does?
 
In our efforts to expand o ur community engagement efforts, our Outreach and Operations Coordinator, Cailin Rogers, will spend a morning in a coffee shop every other week to answer your questions and discuss neighborhood projects. Come talk about what's important to you for whatever time you have.  
 
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 Friday, July 29:
 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Workhorse Coffee Bar
2399 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55114
 
Friday, August 12:
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Finnish Bistro 
2264 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

 Friday, August 26:
 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Workhorse Coffee Bar
2399 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55114
 
 
SAPCC and TT-ASAP March in Fourth of July Parade 

The St. Anthony Park Community Council and Transition Town All St. Anthony Park walked together in the annual St. Anthony Park Fourth of July Parade. This year, Transition Town has materials to educate parade watchers about the importance of bees and other pollinator species. 

Political figures and other community groups marched in the parade as well to bring attention to the great work that happens in St. Anthony Park. Every year, the parade ends in Langford Park for food, games, and community building.  
Family Independence Initiative Makes Strides in St. Paul

A national effort that highlights and emphasizes the proven abilities low-income families possess to move themselves out of poverty has come to the Twin Cities. In partnership with the Family Independence Initiative (FII), Wilder Foundation has launched FII Twin Cities, an initiative based on proof that low-wealth families can move themselves out of poverty when they have access to connections, choice, and capital.

Here's how it works: Peer groups of 6-8 families called "cohorts" come together to connect and work toward self-identified goals that could be around wealth creation, stable housing, health and wellness, or education and community leadership. These families attend monthly cohort meetings where members discuss their goals, share ideas and resources, and provide support and accountability.

Families receive a $50 monthly stipend for providing data about their goals and progress. FII has been around in communities across the country for more than ten years and has demonstrated impressive results. Families have experienced increases in household income and savings, started or expanded businesses, seen improvement in their children's school performance, and have demonstrated more community involvement.

Wilder believes FII Twin Cities will demonstrate that local families can achieve similar goals and many others they set for themselves. Through the data and stories we gather, we will share the great things families can achieve when they have access to connections, choice and capital.

To learn more about FII Twin Cities please contact Tina Sykes at 651-280- 2358 or visit www.fii.org

National Night Out
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Join your neighbors for another National Night Out this summer! Please bring a food item to share at the potluck. Pater plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided. Call Joy at 644-8833 or Ellen at 646-8045 with questions or suggestions. 

Tuesday Aug. 2
6:00 pm
Albrecht's home
2200 Doswell 
 
Air Quality Monitoring Opportunity Through MPCA

Come to a meeting to learn about a short-term community outreach project by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to have residents use small hand-held air monitoring sensors. Up to 25 individuals will be loaned (for free!) an AirBeam air monitor sensor that they can run with a cell phone app (Android phones only) called AirCasting. They can be used for one month.

The hand-held AirBeam monitors measure fine particulate matter (PM2.5), temperature, relative humidity, and noise in a local space. A user can collect data anywhere in the neighborhood and can choose to send collected date to AirCasting to add to an automatically generated mapping system to show spatial locations of the pollution levels in our area.

Interested in participating? Reach out to Cailin at cailin@sapcc.org.


Annual Garage Sale

What: The third annual Taco Tour on Lake Street! Discover the spicy flavors of the Latino food district on Lake Street by touring 10 authentic restaurants offering their own versions of the iconic Mexican specialty.

When: Sunday, July 17, 10:00-5:00pm

Where: Start point at K-Mart Minneapolis 
10 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN

Register: Taco Tour is a free event for everyone regardless of whether you join the tour by foot, bike, or your own car. Also, check out the free van services. 


Annual Community Clean Up

You can access several community clean up dates in the city of St. Paul in the coming months. The next two include:

Sat.        Sep. 24
Shepard Rd.
(between Davern St. and Alton St., enter from east)
8am - 1pm
Highland District Council
651-695-4005 highlanddistrictcouncil.org
Sat.
Oct. 8
MN State Fair Grounds
(enter from Larpenteur Ave. just west of Snelling Ave.)
8am - 1pm
District 10 Como Community Council
651-644-3889
District 10 Como Comm. Council

Learn more about what you can and cannot bring to drop off here.
Job Opportunities  
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Lake Street Council

Habitat for Humanity

SEIU

Voices for Racial Justice
Get Involved
Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 

Land Use
--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm
(Held at Jennings. 2455 University Ave. W.)

Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm
(Held at Jennings. 2455 University Ave. W.)

Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)

Equity-- date changes
(Held at SAPCC office 2395 University Ave. W. Suite 300E)


 
About Us
The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our four committees: Land Use, Transportation, Equity, and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business.
 
Newsletter written by Cailin Rogers. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email cailin@sapcc.org.