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St. Anthony Park Neighborhood News
January 15, 2015

CEZ Launches Organization from Programming!

After several successful years as a program of SAPCC, the Creative Enterprise Zone has created enough momentum to spin off as its own organization. The brainchild of former Executive Director, Amy Sparks and others, CEZ grew out of a concern that creative enterprises ranging from artists to light industries were being displaced. To address these concerns, SAPCC brought together a diverse group of community members to develop a plan to find a way to maintain the creative character of the neighborhood. 


After a six month planning process, the CEZ Action Committee began the work of showcasing the creativity happening here, branding the area, connecting people in ways that support their economic vitality, and advocating for spaces and places that will lead to more people making a living based on their creative capacity. 

Now the action team leading CEZ has readied the program to take its next big step. The overwhelming successes of the events CEZ has hosted, the strong base of supporters it has cultivated, and the backing of SAPCC make the leadership team confident in making the move to create a bigger and better version of the Creative Enterprise Zone.

This new iteration of CEZ as a separate organization will support their autonomy and self-sufficiency as an Action Team. They will have a greater capacity to focus on their fundraising activities and staffing needs to foster entrepreneurship alongside businesses and community development in South St. Anthony and beyond. We are excited to continue working with CEZ on increasing the visibility of our community, giving greater exposure to our creative enterprises, as well as highlighting the work of artists and artisans who occupy the lofts and offices in our busy industrial area.

CEZ embodies the amazing things that can happen when citizen groups feel empowered to take on the issues that matter most to them; aligning the entire community to projects an programs that will maintain the unique character of SAP. While we are sad to see such a strong program leave the Community Council, we are proud to have been there at its inception and look forward to partnering with CEZ on important projects in our shared community. We also look forward to seeing what CEZ does in the coming months and years!


Please join us in wishing CEZ and their leadership team the best of luck on their new venture!


A special thank you to Kyle for his hard work here at SAPCC. Kyle did an amazing job with our communications--we'll miss him, but we know CEZ will put his talents to work well!


Find out more information about CEZ on their website, or send Kyle and Amy (staff members at CEZ) a note to wish them good luck!


Serve on the Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) Task Force



We need you to represent St. Anthony Park in the CIB process! We need your voice at the City to advocate for SAP's projects and help determine where else St. Paul's money will go this budget cycle. 


This year, SAPCC's board approved two projects for submission. The first submission, Territorial Road Equitable Use, if approved, will connect clusters of disconnected populations, boost participation with area retail and economic activity, and provide increased access for local residents and employees. The second proposal, the Hampden Park Transitway Gateway would transform the obsucre access point on the U of M Transitway into a safe and appealing four-season entry point to Hampden Park. 



We need our neighbors to volunteer to serve on the CIB committee to champion these projects and serve our community! Read the full proposals and find out more information here. Email to volunteer! 

Got Photos?


1989 Land Development


We went on an deep office expedition and found some historic gems! We got to thinking, maybe our neighbors have some historic gems as well. Do you have any photos of St. Anthony Park? Did you take photos at a community clean up? An event? Did you do something with your neighbors and document it? We want to see SAP through your eyes over the years! 


Email us your photos or drop some by the office for us to make copies. Old or new, we want to share your pictures with the rest of our neighborhood. We'll showcase our favorites in next month's e-newsletter and on our website. Happy photo hunting!


Event on neighborhood bridge

Thanks for Your Continued Support!



We started this new year on a high note with an outpouring of community support. Thank you for your generous donations! 


We more than doubled the number of individual donors compared to last year and received many donations from people who had never given to us before. 


We can't wait to continue the good work in our community. Look for new projects this winter and spring as we undergo strategic planning, work on building our ten-year plan, engage people from all segments of our neighborhood, prepare the garden, and clean up Kasota ponds! 


Thank you for your partnership. With your help, we will continue to make SAP the best neighborhood to live, work, and play. 


Progressive Dinner


Connect with your neighbors over delicious food!


March 7th, 2015


Our fellow neighbors will again host the annual SAP Progressive Dinner on March 7th. Come to meet your neighbors, enjoy a special meal, and have some great conversations! You can come alone or with a friend, but you must register to confirm before Feb. 25. 


The event starts at the SAP Methodist Church at Como and Hillside with appetizers. Your will receive your custom schedule there.

  • 5:30-6:20 pm Appetizers at the Methodist Church
  • 6:30-7:15 pm Salad and Bread a host homes
  • 7:30-8:30 pm Main Course at host homes
  • 8:45-9:45 pm Dessert and Coffee at host homes


Register for the event here

Honor Roll Event Invitation



Binz Refectory, UST

Honor Roll Dinner 2014

January 30, 2015


SAP has a long history of honoring residents for their work in our community. From the "All Rebel of the Year" award from 1959-1972 to today's Honor Roll, we take joy in commemorating our hardworking neighbors. Join us this year at the St. Paul Honor Roll to applaud the hard work of our awardees: Stephen Mastey, Rich Nelson, Mary Beck, and the Transition Town - All St. Anthony Park team. We look forward to seeing the results of their on-going work in St. Anthony Park. 


Join us in celebrating their hard work in our community at the Honor Roll event on January 30th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Binz Refectory at St. Thomas University. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. RSVP via email or online.


See more information about this event on our website

Hampden Park Planning Process Underway

The Hampden Park Planning Committee met on December 18th to kick off planning for the park's improvements before the holiday season hit. They will take back up their work this evening (January 15th) at the Community Council's office to make more planning decisions. Representatives from all areas of our community will discuss the plans with City Landscape Architect Alice Messer. The group will make decisions about plant species, picnic areas, and landscaping together. Stay tuned for more updates about the park as we hear more from this committee! Construction crews will break ground this summer with a project completion deadline set for fall 2015. 

New Website Coming Soon


Be on the look out! SAPCC will roll out a new website in the coming days and weeks. As we start get our strategic planning process, we want our community to look to us as a resource. A new website will improve ease of access to our neighborhood's resources and clarify information. We're excited to bring you our new creation! 


As we make our changes, keep in mind that you may experience delays or inconveniences as you try to access our content. But we promise the final product will make you glad for your patience! If you have things you want to see on the website, send us an email--we happily take suggestions.

Sustainable St. Paul Award Nominations

Do you know someone in our community doing great things for sustainability? 

You can send Mayor Coleman nominations for individuals, businesses, and organizations striving to protect and restore the environment in St. Paul. His office will continue to accept applications between now and Friday, February 20th, 2015. 

The diverse categories for potential awardees include:
  • Clean-up or Beautification
  • Energy Efficiency or Conservation
  • Environmental Education
  • Exceptional Environmental Steward
  • Green Building Design
  • Green Products or Practices
  • Local, Healthy Food
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Sustainable City Staff
  • Transportation Innovations
  • Waste Reduction, Composting or Recycling
  • Water Quality or Conservation
  • Youth Leadership Award--18 years and under
Individuals, businesses, and organizations may nominate themselves or others! Find the nomination form here and eligibility requirements here.  Email your nomination to Mark Riegel or send it to:
2015 Sustainable St. Paul Awards
Mayor's Office - 390 City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55101

For more about this initiative, visit
The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

Does your organization need a new website? The Nerdery wants to build you one--for free! This organization pulls together web pro volunteers into teams to build organizations a better website in 24 hours. They will come here to gift organizations with new websites on March 26-27. 

Find out more on their website and apply by February 16 to enter for consideration.
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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 
Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Energy Resilience Group--Third Thursday 7-9pm (email for location)
Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm 

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm

All committee meetings of the Community Council are an easy way for you to keep informed, get to know your neighbors and shape your neighborhood for the better. Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell) unless otherwise noted. Community members are encouraged to join any committee- you become a member after attending only three meetings.


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 three committees: Land Use, Transportation 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. Current Board members from North: Gary Carlson, Steve Kranz, Seth Levin, John Seppanen, Michael Russelle, Wanjiru Mugo, Mimi Jennings. From South: Kevin Caufield, Matt Hass, Annette Hyder, JoAnne Makela, Christina Morrison, Brad Englemann. The business members are Ray Brian, Chad Commers, Linda Hodge,and Stephen Mastey.