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Block Captains Wanted

updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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 to see if your block is organized and for further information.

Block Captain Program information

Construction Management Plan

updated: Monday, September 28, 2015

Construction Management Plan – Effective November 15, 2014

The city recognizes that many households are looking for larger homes. As a result, significant additions and/or tearing down of existing homes and rebuilding larger homes is becoming more common. Because St. Louis Park is a fully built community, these major additions and construction of new homes impacts the surrounding neighbors.

Effective November 15, 2014, major additions (second story additions or additions of 500 square feet or more), demolitions and new construction will need to comply with a Construction Management Plan (CMP) per City Code 6-71.

Major additions, tear downs and new construction will be required to send a written neighborhood notification to neighbors within 200 feet of the property. Demolitions and/or new construction will also require a neighborhood meeting and signage.

The purpose of the CMP is to provide neighbors with information about what is happening at the property and contact information on who to call if they have concerns during construction. View the CMP Packet here or on the Permit Forms page.

Fill the Boot

updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The St. Louis Park Fire Department is partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to help continue to fuel MDA's mission to assist LOCAL families with life-saving help, fund research to find treatment and cures, advocate for individuals and families affected by muscle disease including ALS and rally communities to fight back. ...

Free Compost Available from Organics Recycling Program

updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015

The city has a limited supply of high quality compost from the Organics Recycling 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.

The finished compost is available on a first come, first served basis. Residents are allowed to take up to three-5 gallon buckets worth of compost. If you have any questions, please call Public Works at (952) 924-2562.

Give Smart in the Park

updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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...

Human Rights Award Nominations Sought

updated: Thursday, September 03, 2015

The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the 2015 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 Monday, December 14, 2015. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Human Rights Commission and the award will be presented at a City Council meeting in early 2016.

If you have questions regarding the award, contact staff liaison Breanna Freedman at (952) 924-2184.

Medicine Disposal Bags

updated: Monday, August 24, 2015

Medicine Disposal BagThe St. Louis Park Fire and Police departments offers free medication disposal bags to dispose of unused medications in the home. This is a good option for safe disposal of prescription medications if you or someone you care for is unable to visit a Hennepin County medicine disposal drop box.

Proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications prevents those chemicals from entering groundwater and drinking water, which can happen when medications are thrown away in the garbage, flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain.

Additionally, burglars often look for prescription painkillers during break-ins to either use or sell on the street. Removing these unused and expired medications from your home eliminates this possibility. Ridding your home of unused medications also reduces the risk of accidental consumption by children or pets.

Each free medication disposal bag holds up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication or 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating groundwater and drinking water.

How to properly dispose of medication in the disposal bags:

  1. Place medication in the bag
  2. Fill the bag halfway with warm tap water
  3. Wait 30 seconds
  4. Seal and discard the bag in the garbage

Medication pickup bags are available for pickup Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at two locations: St. Louis Park Fire Station One, 3750 Wooddale Ave. S., or at the St. Louis Park Police Department, located on the south side of the parking lot of St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. Limit two per household; for home use only. Residents interested in larger quantities of bags may contact the police department at (952) 924-2600 for information about purchasing the bags at cost.

Hennepin County also has six drop box locations to safely dispose of large or small quantities of medications. View Hennepin County medicine disposal drop box locations and hours.

MyStLouisPark Mobile App

updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

St. Louis Park community members have another way to connect with the city to make service requests or receive important information from the city. The City of St. Louis Park launched MyStLouisPark, a civic engagement platform allowing residents to connect with their local government using a smartphone application or online at www.mystlouispark....

Neighborhood Meetings Hosted by St. Louis Park Police Department

updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Police met with residents in the following neighborhoods in the spring: Shelard Park, Kilmer, Crestview, Westwood Hills, Cedar Manor, Pennsylvania Park, Willow Park, Eliot, Eliot View, Blackstone and Cedarhurst. We are looking forward to meeting with more residents this fall in the following neighborhoods: Bronx Park, Birchwood, Lake Forest...

PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy

updated: Monday, August 03, 2015

Green Business? Looking to make energy improvements? Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings.

What is PACE?
A new program in St. Louis Park through a partnership with the St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA) that provides funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings, from smart energy efficiency upgrades to roof-top solar power systems.

  • Energy efficiency improvements: Lighting, mechanical systems, window upgrades, temperature controls, HVAC equipment, new elevators, new insulation, etc.
  • Renewable energy systems: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Geothermal Direct-Use
  • Electric vehicle charging systems: New and upgraded circuits and related equipment to enable vehicle charging

Who can apply?
Commercial, industrial and multi-family residential property owners.

How does it work?
Building owners who use PACE financing for their energy improvements pay back the financing through property taxes, as a voluntary special assessment.

For more information, contact Julie Grove, Economic Development Specialist at, phone (952) 924-2523 or Pete Klein, Vice President of Finance St. Paul Port Authority, at

Proposed Community Center Project

updated: Monday, August 10, 2015

recommendations to the City Council regarding the addition of future recreation facilities or programs, and to look at possible partnerships and locations. The Task Force followed the city's 2006-2007 visioning process in which a community or civic center was identified as a potential project to exemplify the city's commitment to remaining a connected...

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.

Sprinkling Ordinance Conserves Water

updated: Monday, April 27, 2015

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.

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.

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.).

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

St. Louis Park Continues Graffiti Crackdown

updated: Monday, August 31, 2015

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 Earns Best Places to Live Honors

updated: Monday, July 27, 2015 evaluated the following aspects of each community: amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, and transportation. Editors reviewed data from more than 2,000 communities across the country, and St. Louis Park ranked 27th out of 100 cities and joins Rochester as the only other Minnesota...

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...

STEP Winter Coat Collection

updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2015

St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need.

STEP will have coats available to guests in October, however, due to space limitations, it is requested that collected items be delivered to STEP in September during the following times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon

*Coats/Jackets and accessories needed for: infant/toddler, children, teen, adult, adult plus.

Accessories especially needed in all sizes: boots, gloves, mittens, snowpants.

For additional information please call Allison at 952.925.4899, x.11, or

6812 W. Lake St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

*Please only warm winter coats; no lightweight jackets or vests.

Tree Pruning

updated: Friday, October 02, 2015

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) is currently working...

Volunteer Announcers Needed for Fall Sports on ParkTV

updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Have you ever wanted to give sports announcing a try? ParkTV has an opportunity for you!Microphone

Volunteer announcers are needed for a number of high school sport teams.

If you're interested, please contact Paul Broden, ParkTV 16 program producer, at (952) 924-2635 or There is no minimum commitment required, and scheduling can be flexible. Previous experience not required. 

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