In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
May 19, 2015

SAPCC Awarded Grants!


The Good Neighbor Fund through the University of Minnesota granted SAPCC $25,000 to create a native plantings median in the Raymond Avenue Phase II construction. As a part of an overall traffic-calming and beautification project undertaken by the community a decade ago, we will make huge strides on Raymond Avenue with this grant! 


 

The median, located on Raymond Avenue on the bridge right before Energy Park Drive will support local pollinator species and offer different species of plants and flowers blooming at different times of the year to make the avenue a more enjoyable place to travel. A huge thank you to Stephen Mastey who designed the grant with his expertise in landscape architecture (even down to picking species of plants that won't interfere with visibility on the road!) and to Brad 

Engelmann for language in the grant. 


 

We also received a $1,000 grant from the St. Anthony Park Foundation to continue to support our staff's work on keeping you up-to-date on community news and SAPCC goings-on! Thank you to both the St. Anthony Park Foundation and the Good Neighbor Fund for supporting us!

Kasota Ponds Clean Up Success

 

 

 

The Community Council hosted our annual Kasota Ponds Clean Up again this year. We had a huge turn out of community members and local students!! On Saturday, we cleaned the South and West ponds with the help of 30 community members. We saw people who have helped us for many years and some brand new faces as well! The weather cooperated, so over three hours, we picked up bags and bags of trash. A wild turkey even made an appearance!


On Monday, we worked with 60 Avalon students and their wonderful teachers to clean up North ponds. 10 tires, a mattress spring bed, and thousands of littered wrappers later, the students completed a successful afternoon of cleaning to beautify our neighborhood and learn about environmental protection. Thank you to Avalon for bringing your students out for a day of service learning!


 


 

 

Letter from the Executive Director

As the Executive Director of St. Anthony Park Community Council, this year has been an amazing year. SAPCC was able to accomplish so much, such as the creation of the Civic Stewardship Apprentice Program (CSAP), which is geared toward connecting aspiring youth to the neighborhood, allowing them to take ownership of and participate in their community in positive was. We also introduced the Council to the community benefits agreement. The CBA process begins with interested members of the community who identify how a proposed development project can benefit residents and workers. SAPCC also began investing in its own infrastructure and community outreach through strategic planning. Over the years, the Community Council has served as an umbrella organization, sponsoring community groups who advocate on various issues in the neighborhood. We continue to mold our community through community engagement today. 

This year, as a team we have:
-Launched the new SAPCC website.
-Created a partnership with Jennings Community Learning Center--through our partnership, Jennings was able to get a community garden plot.
-Built one-on-one relationships that have been extremely valuable.

It has been an eventful and educational first year as your Executive Director. I have great faith in this community and welcome the opportunity to help you in reaching the goals of the board and the entire community.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Sincerely,
Suyapa Miranda

Aeon Development Community Engagement

Aeon, a non-profit development group known for their work in affordable housing and sustainable development, has picked a site in our neighborhood at University and Vandalia (currently home to Pirtek across from the Dubliner). They have been working with the Community Council to plan outreach in the community around this project. They will host two public meetings to ask community members what they want to see in the neighborhood.

 

The two community meetings, planned for early July (we will report back on exact times and locations in both this newsletter and on the website!), will allow community members an opportunity to tell Aeon developers what we want to see in our community--green space, sustainable buildings, etc. 

 

Stay tuned for more details as we continue to work with Aeon on this project! Find out more about Aeon on their website: www.aeonmn.org.

Claire's Column

It really is the time to be outside. Don't let a day go by without spending time outside. Nature is the true wonder of the world, so why not enjoy it? Enjoying nature for you may be, taking a walk, sitting in a park, writing or photographing what you see, playing a sport, or simply standing in your backyard. Nature is such an amazing resource to us all, it means something different to everyone, and that in itself is a beautiful thing.


However this resource is at risk. That is why we as humans and the creators of this risk need to step up when it comes to taking care of our environment. I challenge you to not only spend time outside everyday (whether its for 5min or 5hrs) but while you are truly appreciating that time remember to take care of what's there. We so often notice wrappers and expect the next person will handle it, we are able to excuse this behavior by deciding that since we weren't the one who dropped it we don't have to deal with it. But we all have to deal with that wrapper and its effects. And the impacts of those effects are growing day by day.

Job Opportunities 

 

Program Director
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St. Anthony Park Area Seniors (SAPAS) has started the search for a new Program Director! Visit our website to learn more about this position. 

Project Manager
Aeon Housing Development is looking for a Project Manager. Learn more about this position here.

Outreach Specialist
HOURCAR needs an Outreach Specialist to work 20/hours a week during the summer with a possible extension after September to work on a long-term basis. Benefits included. Learn more.
St. Anthony Park Garden Club Opportunity
Help plant the St. Anthony Park Library Window boxes/gardens and de-rock the new hillside garden!

Join neighbors and members of the St. Anthony Park Garden Club on Saturday May 30th at 9:00am as we plant the window boxes and the gardens surrounding our library. Please bring your own garden trowel/shovel, gloves, kneeling pad, and water bottle. Members of the garden club will help direct the planting. We will also be removing small rocks from the new hillside garden.

Gardeners of all ages can help with this event! This is definitely a family-friendly activity! For more information, contact Alice at comeforteamn@gmail.com.

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 erg@sapcc.org 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, Seth Levin, John Seppanen, Michael Russelle, Wanjiru Mugo, Mimi Jennings. From South: Kevin Caufield, Matt Hass, Annette Hyder, JoAnne Makela, Kathryn Murray. The business members are Ray Brian, Linda Hodge.