COMO COMMUNITY COUNCIL -DISTRICT 10

Your support helps District 10 organize community members to solve issues and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The Como Community Council is one of Saint Paul's 17 citizen participation districts, representing the Como Park neighborhood. We support a vibrant neighborhood and provide a voice for residents, businesses, and nonprofits in shaping decisions made by elected officials, local government agencies, and large institutions. Our volunteers organize neighborhood events, work to maintain a safe neighborhood, enhance the natural environment, and welcome new neighbors. We keep our neighborhood informed and provide a trusted public forum to address concerns.
Your financial support helps us host neighborhood events and community meetings, send out our weekly e-newsletter and maintain our website, support the work of our volunteer committees, and cover the organizational expenses necessary to make our joint efforts successful. Among the things we've accomplished together – big and small – in the past year:
  • We email a weekly newsletter to 1,500 residents and maintain a website that are the best sources for up-to-date news, events, and opportunities for Como residents
  • We have put pedestrian safety front and center in our neighborhood, including organizing "Stop for Me" crosswalk demonstrations and a lawn-sign campaign in which two dozen blocks took part. We installed safety flags at a dozen hazardous crosswalks. We also participated in designing Chelsea Heights’ Elementary School’s “Safe Routes to School” program.
  • We surveyed residents on their desires for new businesses, and commissioned two business studies – of Como and Snelling, and Como, Front and Dale – to build a foundation for bringing more private investment and amenities to our neighborhood.
  • We surveyed neighborhood residents on what they’d like to see done to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and bicycle safety along the Lexington corridor. Now we are working with Saint Paul Public Works, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and Ramsey County to put those improvements in place.
  • We partner with Ramsey County to operate an immensely successful community organics recycling site in Como Park.
  • We held community meetings on the city’s switch from recycling bins to carts, on redevelopment plans for the vacant Sholom Home site, on MnDOT’s idea to improve pedestrian and bicycle access along the Snelling Ave. bridges between Hamline University and Como Ave., on initiatives for aging in place, and on the city’s ash tree removal and replacement project.
  • We hosted an annual neighborhood clean-up day in which more than 60 volunteers and a record-breaking 817 residents participated. We collected 127.6 tons of refuse that can’t be put in the trash – a 40 percent increase over 2016.
  • We partnered with the Saint Paul Police Department to hold multiple meetings with  residents on crime prevention.
  • More than 250 people attended our Sunday Series presentations on topics such as the water quality of Como Lake, State Fair history, more environmentally friendly home landscaping, the work of the University of Minnesota’s monarch butterfly lab, and the newest progress in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.
  • We worked with State Fair officials and various Saint Paul departments to bring more reliable enforcement and consistency in where and when parking restrictions are in place during major events at the Fairgrounds or Como Regional Park.
  • We continue to work with the Twin Cities German Immersion School and nearby neighbors, bring them together for productive discussions, and find solutions that can minimize the impact of the school’s success on the immediate neighborhood. We will continue to be a partner in addressing issues that arise as the school continues to expand to accommodate its growing enrollment.

It’s not all business, though: More than 550 residents enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in the park during our annual Ice Cream Social. We held a separate neighborhood social at Orchard Park to connect more than 250 residents in South Como. We provide the logistical and communications support for ComoFest, in which we partnered with 8 local organizations or businesses to produce 7 family friendly events during 3 weekends in July.

District 10 is a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 

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