The Como Community Council is one of Saint Paul's 17 citizen participation districts. We represent the Como Park neighborhood. The elevator speech? We are the glue behind neighborhood action. We connect neighbors with other neighbors who want to accomplish things. Our volunteers organize neighborhood events, work to maintain a safe and vibrant neighborhood, enhance our natural and built environments, welcome new neighbors, and shape decisions that affect our quality of live. We keep our neighborhood up to date with accurate, timely information, and provide a trusted, open forum to tackle concerns.
Your financial support helps make what we do possible and successful. Among the things we've accomplished together – big and small – in the past year:
- We email a weekly newsletter to 1,700 residents and are nearly ready to launch our upgraded website. Especially as community newspapers scale back their commitment to the neighborhood, District 10 has become the best source of factual, up-to-date news, events, and opportunities for Como residents.
- We partner with Ramsey County to operate an immensely successful, 24/7, community organics recycling site on Beulah Lane in Como Regional Park.
- Building on what we hear at community meetings, we continue to work with State Fair officials and various Saint Paul departments to bring more reliable and consistent enforcement of parking, traffic, peddling, and other issues during the State Fair. We never stop pursuing long-term plans to address the residential impact of the increasing popularity of the Fair.
- We continue to hold community meetings on redevelopment plans for the vacant Sholom Home site, getting neighbors informed and involved on the ground floor of the latest proposal for rental apartments.
- We stepped up our conversations with apartment communities, opening more ways for renters to get involved in neighborhood initiatives. We are organizing a youth summit for students from the six schools in our neighborhood that have high-school programs.
- We continue to lead the way in coordinating residents' efforts to protect Como Lake. This year, more than 60 volunteers walked the shore or paddled canoes and kayaks to pull trash from Como Lake. We won a challenge among six district councils to see whose residents could adopt more storm drains. We continue to support efforts such as the Como Curb Cleanup, and rain barrel and rain garden workshops.
- We host an annual citywide drop-off day at the State Fairgrounds in which residents can affordably dispose of things they can’t throw in the trash. More than 80 volunteers and nearly 1,100 residents participated.
- We successfully fought a city Planning Commission decision so we could put in place conditions and legal commitments that allow us to continue addressing traffic, parking, safety, and noise issues that go hand-in-hand with Twin Cities German Immersion School’s growing enrollment. Before that, we led forums where hundreds of community members could raise questions about and vote on the school’s building construction plans.
- We put pedestrian safety front and center in our neighborhood, including installing safety flags at a dozen hazardous crosswalks.
- We worked for years with the city and county to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and bicycle safety along the Lexington corridor. The re-striping of Lexington north of Front/Energy Park Drive is one result; the new crosswalk between the lake and golf course sides of Lexington is another.
- We partnered with the Saint Paul Police Department to hold multiple meetings with residents on crime prevention, and led a safety walk around Como Lake.
It’s not all business, though: More than 500 residents enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in the park during our annual Ice Cream Social. 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. We even host a quarterly community yoga session.
District 10 is a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.