News & Updates
The City of St. Louis Park has earned the opportunity to engage its citizens in a city-wide conversation about well-being through the “Health in the Park” initiative. The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota chose the City of St. Louis Park as one of nine communities out of over 100 applicants to receive funding...
updated: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The St. Louis Park Fire Department and Park Tavern are asking for your help in collecting toys for those in need this holiday season.
You can help make a child's holiday a little brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Avenue S., before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 13.
Toys will then be taken to Perspectives Family Center by the St. Louis Park Fire Department. They will then be distributed to families in need around the community.
If you have any questions, please call the Fire Department at (952) 924-2595.
updated: Friday, November 22, 2013
“We are excited and fortunate to have Steve bring his many talents and abilities to our community,” City Manager Tom Harmening said. “Steve’s professional background and leadership will be invaluable to the success of the St. Louis Park Fire Department, and I look forward to working with him on vital public safety efforts.&rdquo...
updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The city is committed to building a wellness culture. In the past year, the city brought stability balls and stand-up desks into the workplace, opened a new onsite fitness facility, offered onsite healthy cooking demonstrations, group coaching sessions covering weight management and stress management, and gift certificates for produce to encourage...
updated: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Also, the NLC Service Line Warranty Program offers homeowners the option to purchase low-cost warranties for cleaning, repairs, or replacement of broken or leaking water service lines of up to $4,000, or more, per occurrence. Approximate homeowner costs will likely range from $6 to $9 per line per month – specific rates are determined...
Recently, several burglaries have occurred in apartment complexes throughout the city. There is no suspect information available however, here is some information regarding the recent burglaries:
- Entry has been through open and/or unlocked patio doors.
- Burglaries have been reported occurring in the daytime and overnight hours.
- Burglaries have been in occupied and unoccupied first floor apartments.
- Stolen items have included laptop computers, cell phones, electronics and other small, easy to remove items.
- Lock all doors and windows. Double check your locks before you leave home. Utilize a Charlie Bar, rod or other object to prevent manipulation of patio doors.
- Do not leave valuables unsecured. Keep them in a safe anchored to the floor, if possible. If management/tenants cannot utilize a safe, store your valuables in a hidden/hard to find place. Do not leave the above stated stolen items out in plain sight during an extended absence.
- Apartment property managers/owners leaving notices for tenants should slide them completely under the door so they are not visible to persons walking by in hallways. Do not leave them attached to apartment entry door or in door jambs.
- Apartment property managers/owners should check lighting and overall security of the property. For a premise survey of your property, contact Community Outreach Officer Ken Sysko at (952) 924-2661.
- Apartment property managers/owners should establish an apartment monitoring program for tenants who will be away for an extended period of time. Have them inform you if anyone has access to the apartment during their absence.
- Call 911 or (952) 924-2618 (non-emergency)
- Talk with your tenants/neighbors regarding all suspicious activity.
updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013
The St. Louis Park Police Department wants residents to be aware of various scams that are designed to swindle money and/or personal information. These can include lottery scams — in which people receive phony notices indicating they have won a sum of money — or other similar scam letters, which are often sent by email.
- Do your homework when hiring a contractor, auto repair shop or other service in or out of the home. Contact the Better Business Bureau for information and ask for references from the company or facility representative.
- Talk with family, friends and neighbors on who they may recommend for your specific need. Past experience shows this is a good way to locate a reputable contractor and/or repair facility.
- Retain trusted contractor and/or repair facility information for future reference.
- Be aware of door-to-door solicitors and contractors/handymen selling their services. Some may be legit; others may not. Solicitors need to obtain a license to sell door-to-door in St. Louis Park.
- If unsure about recommended work, get a second opinion from another contractor and/or repair facility — you have that right as a consumer.
- Read through contracts and have the person you are dealing with explain it thoroughly if you do not understand it before signing.
- Never give cash as a down payment or to pay for the completed work. Paying by check or credit card will give you a running record of payment. Be wary of companies who do not accept anything for payment but cash.
- Visit the MN State Attorney General’s Office website and the MN Department of Public Safety website for further information on lottery scams.
- Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
updated: Friday, December 06, 2013
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 Ken Sysko at (952) 924-2661 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your block is organized and for further information. Click here for more...
updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013
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...
updated: Monday, July 22, 2013
Live or work near one of the parks or ponds listed below? They need your help! Volunteer this spring to take part in “Pick up the Park.” Pick up the Park is part of Beautify the Park, which is the city's ongoing effort to promote a healthy local environment through a variety of volunteer programs and initiatives. Dates/times and group...
updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Human Rights Award. The Human Rights Award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have made an outstanding contribution toward increasing understanding and cooperation between people of different backgrounds in St. Louis Park.
Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Human Rights Commission and the award will be presented at a City Council meeting in early 2014.
If you have questions regarding the award, contact staff liaison Breanna Erickson at (952) 924-2184.
You can watch video of the last Human Rights Award presentation online, from the January 18, 2011 City Council meeting.
updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The St. Louis Park Operations & Recreation Department has installed a THOR GUARD lightning prediction warning system at Louisiana Oaks Park. The system will be operational from Mid-April through the end of October seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How it works:
A lightning prediction and warning system tracks storm activity and measures static electricity in the atmosphere. When conditions are present that could trigger lightning, the device emits a warning blast.
When the system detects conditions that could trigger lightning, it emits a 15 second blast warning park patrons to take cover. The warning blast sounds like an air horn. A strobe light stays lit until the system sounds an all-clear signal by emitting three short blasts.
You may hear the siren if you're in the vicinity of Louisiana Oaks Park, 3305 Louisiana Ave. S.
If you have any questions, please contact Rick Beane at (952) 928-2854 or email@example.com
updated: Monday, September 09, 2013
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. By April or May, a pipe will be installed that will bring 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.
updated: Friday, September 13, 2013
Home Energy Squad Enhanced
A residential energy saving program designed to help residents save money and energy and stay comfortable in their homes.
Home Energy Squad Enhanced Visit- $50
A team of trusted energy consultants will come to your home, evaluate your energy saving opportunities, and install the energy-efficiency materials of your choice:
- Door weather stripping
- A water heater blanket
- Programmable thermostat
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- High efficiency shower heads
- Faucet aerators
They will also:
- Perform a blower door test to measure your home for air leaks.
- Complete an insulation inspection.
- Safety check your home's heating system and water heater.
- Help with next steps.
Help find contractors that perform high quality work and test the results.
Who is eligible?
All single family and duplex homeowners. Renters qualify for the Installed visit ($30), without diagnostic tests.
The Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit qualifies you for CEE's low interest financing and utility rebates.
To schedule your visit:
SIGN UP ONLINE AT: mncee.org/hes-slp OR CALL 612-335-5874
This program is a partnership of the City of SLP, CEE, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy.
updated: Friday, November 22, 2013
A. When there is a large amount of snow present, snow storage in the medians, boulevards and alleys becomes sparse or non-existent in most places in the city. With boulevards generally being no more than four to five feet wide and alleys having 10 feet or less driving area, snow storage space is in short supply. The fallout from this shortage is that...
updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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...
updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013
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...
Board member requirements include a three-year term, attendance of monthly meetings, service of approximately four hours per month on committees or volunteer duty. The next two board meetings are scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and November 21 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in St. Louis Park City Hall. All meetings are open to the public...
updated: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
IdeasInThePark.org is a crowdsourcing tool designed to increase civic engagement and allow meaningful participation by community members who may not otherwise be able to attend meetings or participate in other ways. The tool is designed to allow commenters to interact with each other and build on each other’s ideas. When an idea is endorsed...
updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
The city's rotational boulevard tree pruning season will continue beginning January 6, 2014. The contractor, Northeast Tree, Inc., hired by the city, will start at 41st & Salem, working their way west to Highway 100 (and then onto the Eliot neighborhood). This work is intended to improve the health, safety and...
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.