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Crime Alert Notice

updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Recently the Metro Area and St. Louis Park have experienced thefts from autos and garage burglaries that are occurring overnight into early morning hours. In some of these cases, the suspect(s) is/are believed to be traveling on a bicycle at night. If you see anyone suspicious or hear suspicious noises, such as glass breaking, dogs barking...


Sandbag Removal Volunteers Needed!

updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Help a neighbor out! Property owners along the Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park need assistance removing sandbags, Friday, August 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 2, starting in the a.m. (time TBD).

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Smith at (952) 928-2847 or lsmith@stlouispark.org with which date noted above and time you are available to assist removing sandbags.

The City of St. Louis Park asks that volunteers and property owners empty the sand from the bags at the curb in front of the property on the designated dates. Once the sand and materials are at the curb, please weigh down the empty bags to avoid littering and call Public Works at (952) 924-2545 for pickup. City crews will pick up the sand and bags by the following Monday.



St. Louis Park Library Closed Temporarily for Building Upgrades

updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

Hennepin County Library – St. Louis Park, 3240 Library Lane, is closed for building upgrades July 28 - August 29.
 
During the five-week closure, St. Louis Park Library patrons are encouraged to visit other Hennepin County libraries: Edina Library is located at 5280 Grandview Square, Hopkins Library is at 22 11th Ave. North, and Walker Library is at 2880 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis.
 
Patrons who face a barrier to using a nearby library may contact the Library’s At Home Service at (612) 543-8850.
 
Requests with St. Louis Park Library as the pickup location will change to Hopkins Library automatically. Patrons may choose an alternate pickup location for their requests through “My Account” at www.hclib.org.
 
The book return at St. Louis Park Library will also be closed during this time. Books and other library materials may be renewed or returned to any other Hennepin County library.
 
To renew materials by phone, call the Library’s renewal line: (612) 543-8811.
 
For help renewing or requesting library materials or selecting an alternate pickup location, Ask Us online, by phone (612) 543-KNOW or in person at any Hennepin County library.
 
New carpeting and new furniture will refresh the library. An improved teen area plus more meeting rooms, casual seating, and other interior space changes will allow patrons to read, work and learn in new ways at the library.
 
HVAC and electrical system upgrades and new materials handling equipment will improve the library behind the scenes.



City Initiates Crosswalk Safety Campaign

As part of the Street Smart SLP initiative, cameras will be used to gather traffic and behavior patterns of pedestrians and vehicles, electronic signage will be placed along the roads, and if needed, additional enforcement by the Police Department will occur. The city is hoping to then evaluate information gathered over the summer and assess if any...


Louisiana Oaks Park and Dakota Park Playgrounds

updated: Friday, June 06, 2014

The Louisiana Oaks Park play structure (bottom left) is installed and ready to use!

A public meeting was held in March for residents to choose the playground for Louisiana Oaks Park and Dakota Park.

The playground vendor Webber Recreational Design was the residents’ choice for Louisiana Oaks play structure and Minnesota Wisconsin Playground was the choice for Dakota Park structure (bottom right).


Louisiana Oaks Park playground structureDakota Park playground



Police Department Reminds You to Stop for School Buses

According to Lt. Chad Kraayenbrink, the St. Louis Park Police Department received 63 complaints of school bus stop-arm violations in 2013. This is approximately a 73 percent increase from 2012 when there were only 17 complaints received. Kraayenbrink noted the Police Department was able to issue a citation for the majority of the complaints in 2013...


Block Captains Wanted

updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The St. Louis Park Police Department is recruiting interested citizens to become Block Captains. Are you unsure if your block is organized? Contact Community Outreach Officer Erin Nordrum at (952) 924-2661 or email enordrum@stlouispark.org to see if your block is organized and for further information.

Block Captain Program information



Free Compost Available from Organic Waste Program

updated: Monday, July 21, 2014

The city has a limited supply of high quality compost from our organic waste program available for you to use in your garden!

Stop by the brush drop-off site during the following hours of operation to get your compost:

  • Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The site is located at 2501 Edgewood Ave. S., at the intersection of Cedar Lake Road & Colorado Avenue South.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works at (952) 924-2562.
 
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Give Smart in the Park

updated: Monday, July 07, 2014

We know St. Louis Park residents are generous, but did you know that handing out money to panhandlers can’t meet the long-term needs of those in need of assistance? The St. Louis Park Police Department is trained in the best practices for enforcement options for panhandling and what types of behavior our officers need to watch for, but at the...


Hennepin County Offers Grants to Businesses to Increase Recycling

These grants can help with the purchase of containers, equipment purchase and installation, hauling service charges and minor improvements to loading docks and waste enclosures. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line, and demonstrates their commitment...


Minnehaha Creek Restoration Nearly Complete

updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Work on restoring natural curves to the Minnehaha Creek is essentially complete.

The remeandering project, which started early winter 2012, wrapped up in February 2013. As of May, a pipe was installed that brings stormwater from Excelsior Boulevard into a new treatment pond.

In all, 4,500 feet of the creek — from Louisiana Avenue to Meadowbrook Road — has been restored with this project.

It’s a continuation of a 2009 project that restored a portion of the creek east of Louisiana and also brought the Methodist Hospital boardwalk.

Returning the creek to a more natural shape slows the water down, reduces erosion and creates habitat.

For more information, visit www.minnehahacreek.org.



St. Louis Park continues graffiti crackdown

updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

St. Louis Park has seen dramatic decreases in the amount of graffiti in the community since it began tracking incidents in 2007. The department credits the public for its response and help reporting the graffiti as well as its custom-designed computer application that allows city departments and other agencies to track and compare data related...


St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts Seeks Board Members

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and enhancing the arts in St. Louis Park. FOTA connects people and organizations around the arts, shares arts-related information and resources, and coordinates community arts programs. When it incorporated in 1995, FOTA received designation...


Tree Pruning

updated: Friday, May 30, 2014

Each year the City of St. Louis Park hires a licensed and qualified tree service to prune a portion of the City's boulevard trees. This "rotational" pruning typically occurs during the winter months of January through March. The Tree Service/ contractor, Northeast Tree, Inc., hired by the city for work in 2015 and 2016, will start (Fall...


Sprinkling Ordinance Conserves Water

updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Permanent restrictions
To conserve water, St. Louis Park prohibits lawn sprinkling between noon and 6 p.m. In addition, all households and businesses must follow an odd/even schedule when sprinkling lawns. (Properties that end with an odd number sprinkle on the odd-numbered days on the calendar; properties that end with an even number sprinkle on even-numbered days.)

Additional conservation measures may be required during critical water shortages. These can include limiting watering to once every five days or banning all outdoor sprinkling. Should this situation arise, a public notice will be given.

Exceptions
New sod or seed, and newly planted shrubs, trees and landscaping are exempt from the odd/even schedule. Flower gardens are also exempt. Even in these circumstances, sprinkling must be done before noon or after 6 p.m.

Enforcement
Currently, failing to follow sprinkling restrictions can result in an initial fine of $25 with subsequent violations rising by $10. (For example, the second violation is $35; the third violation is $45, etc.).

Contact
Jay Hall | Utilities Superintendent
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: (952) 924-2557 | F: (952) 924-2560 | jhall@stlouispark.org



St. Louis Park Earns Praise From Residents

updated: Monday, March 24, 2014

Morris said that underpinning the quality of life rating is the connectedness among neighbors. Residents feel at ease with them, and more important, feel they can rely upon them if the need arose. The participation in neighborhood activities is among the highest in the metropolitan area, and the strength and cohesiveness of neighborhoods now even exceeds...


Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition

The City Council has approved a resolution to support the Southwest Twin Cities Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Coalition, made up of the Edina, Excelsior, Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata communities.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is the statewide organization that provides community support for military service members, guard, reserves, veterans and their families.

If interested in getting involved or being on the email list, visit the Coalition’s website and Facebook page.



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St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 924-2500 Email: info@stlouispark.org