Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County, Minnesota
2014 Tree & Shrub Sale
Order by April 18, pick up trees May 3!
Donate Trees & Memorial Trees to Parks
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax deductible!
Tree Sale 2014: Order Today
Trees and shrubs for sale, order by April 18, pick up your order Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Donate trees to the parks with your order, you get a tax deduction and don't even have to plant, park staff will do that for you. Plus a generous matching bequest from Paula Culp will upsize the donated trees to the parks at no cost to you!
A great selection of trees and shrubs, old favorites like Red Oak, Birch and Black Hills Spruce. New selections like Easy Elegance Snowdrift Rose (white) and Ohio Buckeye (tree).
Note: Our "Rosa Carefree Sunshine" (yellow rose) order did not get filled; we have changed to "Easy Elegance Snowdrift Rose" (white) we will contact you by email about the order.
Note: Our "Mini Snowflake Mockorange" is SOLD OUT.
The MN Department of Natural Resources will leave development decisions to each local government in defined "Critical Areas" like the Mississippi River without citizen input. In the past this has been an environmental disaster. Please read our letter DNR to Let Loose Developers in Mississippi River Corridor and contact your state officials.
St. Paul Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 12, 8:30 am
Clean up the Parks on a Saturday morning at 6 locations Citywide. Check link above for details.
St. Paul Bikeways Plan Adds 200+ Miles
St. Paul has a Bikeways Plan up for comment that adds over 200 miles to its current bike routes. Public comment until April 30th, check the city website link in the headline.
"Park Notes" Newsletter March 2014:
Mississippi River Corridor Plan
AKA "The Great River Passage Master Plan" is up for public comment. The plan links, topics and public comment period dates are at GreatRiverPassage.org. The plan has good things and bad in our view, please check out our comments (PDF). The plan will affect the Mississippi River front, bluff and flood plain developments for decades.
St. Paul Park Land Dedication Ordinance
In 2007, the City of St. Paul passed an ordinance requiring that new development in the city contribute either cash or land for the park system. This requirement helps provide for the increased need for recreation opportunities, parks, and open spaces that accompany new development. The 2007 ordinance based its requirements on the number of new parking spaces that are provided by the new development. The ordinance is now being amended and that requirement for new parking will be changed. Most of the municipalities in Minnesota have parkland dedication ordinances.
There was a public hearing before the Planning Commission on February 10 regarding the amendments to the parkland dedication ordinance. The Friends made the following recommendations: Currently in the ordinance there is a discount of 2/3 for cash instead of land. We are recommending that there should be no discount.
We also recommend that a 10 percent donation of land (or cash) be made at the time of platting of the land. Currently, the ordinance requires a 2 percent donation at the time of platting and 7 percent at the time of building permits. We believe that a 10 percent donation when the land is platted would be especially helpful on large parcels of lands such as the Ford property. This change would improve the current practice where the city gets little bits of property when the land is platted and then later when building permits are issued.
Here is the proposed amended ordinance with the Friends recommendations in red, and justification of our recommendations in blue. Park Land Dedication Changes
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