Selling parklands to save them

Yesterday on Twitter I suggested selling part of Iris Park in Saint Paul to developers for housing.


Planning, public input underway for new Northeast Park building

There will be a new recreation building at Northeast Park, and here’s how the public is weighing in on how it will look and how it will be used.


Dog Park detective: High Bridge Dog Park

Dog Park Detective is an ongoing series in which Sidewalk Dog sniffs out the best parks in the Twin Cities metro. Check out the other parks we've investigated, and stay tuned for opportunities for your dog to be one of our Dog Park Detectives!

THE DAY: November 25, a blustery 17 degrees

THE DETECTIVES: Dozer, a nearly four-year-old border collie mix, and Itty Bitty, the 18-year-old Maltese/Poodle cross

THE PARK: High Bridge Dog Park in St. Paul


New vendor selected for Como Lakeside Pavilion

After months of speculation, a new vendor was selected to operate Como Lakeside Pavilion.


Minneapolis should rethink the Above the Falls master plan

It is hard to overstate the importance of the Mississippi River in the urban form of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Once a source of energy and an important transport route, the river’s main value now is environmental and aesthetic. With the imminent closing of the Upper locks and the Upper Harbor Terminal–basically the Port of Minneapolis– the city has an incredible opportunity to redevelop 43 acres of riverfront land. More land will be available in the future, and the city has an extensive plan–the Above the Falls Master Plan–for developing the riverfront upriver from the Saint Anthony lock and dam.


Van Cleve Park may get $300K for fix-ups

(Photo by Cora Nelson) A child sits on a toy bike at Van Cleve Park on Oct. 30, 2014. The park board superintendent’s proposed budget allocates about $300,000 to the park in 2020 to help improve its facilities.

A breezy fall day had Megan Swenson strolling through the Southeast Como neighborhood’s Van Cleve Park with her dog, enjoying the green space and playground.

She was surprised to learn that the recreation space may not be the same in a few years.


OPINION | Swede Hollow Park – commuter rail?

The cartoon above, by local artists Diane and Michael May, depicts what could happen if the Rush Line is allowed to be built through Swede Hollow Park.

Friends of Swede Hollow is working on a campaign to keep commuter rail out of Swede Hollow Park. One of the proposed light rail routes for the Rush Line corridor (a transit line from Forest Lake to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul) would pass through Swede Hollow Park. Friends of Swede Hollow does not oppose the Rush Line or light rail, but strongly oppose the proposed route through Swede Hollow. There are other ways for the Rush Line to get to Union Depot.


Corcoran Park news

Do you have a talent or skill you’re willing to show and tell in the neighborhood? Do you have five or more people you know that would sign up to take a class of yours? Corcoran Park is ALWAYS interested in more programming from Corcoran residents. Call or stop by if you or someone you know may have a programming idea.


Como Park bridge project underway

(Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul) The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style.

After several delays, work has begun on the footbridge project near the Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park.

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