Interested in helping Beautify the Park? We have a variety of events this spring and summer for you to participate in. The Beautify the Park campaign aims to spruce-up the city by picking up the debris and remnants that have accumulated over the winter.
2018 Beautify the Park events
|Event||Date & Time|
|Earth Day – Kick-off of “Pick-up the Park”||April 21|
|Minnehaha Creek Cleanup||April 28
9 – 11 a.m.
|Residential Brush Drop-off||April 28 – Oct. 28|
|Tree Sale||May 5 or until sold out|
|Arbor Day and Community Tree Planting Celebration||May 12
9 a.m. – noon
|Spring Cleanup Day
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event||June 15 –16
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick-up the Park efforts begin April 21 and run through Memorial Day. If you are interested in helping pick up the city's parks, contact Laura Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to find available locations.
Adopt-a-park or garden
Contribute to the beauty of St. Louis Park by volunteering to monitor your neighborhood park or garden. Adopt-a-park or garden volunteers can choose to plant, maintain the annual garden and/or patrol their park each week during the summer, keep the park litter-free, and report any vandalism or needed repairs. Adopt the park or garden of your choice (provided it has not already been adopted).
Leaves and grass clippings that fall onto your street are a serious pollutant for our local waters. When they are washed down storm sewers, they are carried to local lakes and rivers, untreated and unfiltered. Once in the water, organic debris releases phosphorus. This fuels noxious algae blooms that degrade water quality and harm lake and river ecosystems and aquatic life. Residents can help prevent this water pollution. Here’s how:
- Rake leaves and other debris from the curb in front of your home, and clear the nearest storm drain.
- Never rake leaves into the street. You may compost this material or bag the leaves and set them at the curb for the city’s recycling service to pick up.
- Involve your neighbors. If you’d like to organize a block-wide cleanup, go to the Freshwater Society's website for more information or to get your community cleanups for water quality toolkit. It’s easy, cheap and a fun neighborly way to help local lakes and rivers.
The City of St. Louis Park promotes environmental stewardship and community through gardening. Community gardens have many benefits for participants and the community.
St. Louis Park has several community gardens, five of which are managed by the city. The others are managed by neighborhood or apartment associations. Most of the gardens currently have some availability. Call 952.924.2562 to inquire about availability or to put your name on the waiting list for one of the city-managed garden sites. Fee assistance is available for the community garden plots.
- City-managed community garden rules, contract and application
- 2018 city-managed community garden plot maps
Gardeners, as you begin planning and planting, please consider growing an extra row and donating fresh produce to the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP). Visit STEP's website for donation hours. Questions regarding the STEP Garden Gleaning Program? Email email@example.com or call 952.925.4899 to donate your extra food.
Donate a tree to a park
Annually, Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County offers trees for sale to donate to parks. St. Louis Park is lucky enough to be included in this tree sale. Trees cost $150 and can be designated for any park within St. Louis Park.
Memorials and commemorations tree and bench donation
The City of St. Louis Park welcomes the donations of trees and park benches. These generous donations grace our parks and public areas for decades, while providing organizations, families and individuals with a unique opportunity to mark a notable event or honor a special person. For more information, view the memorial and commemorations tree and bench donation information and policy or contact Jim Vaughan, natural resource coordinator, at 952.924.2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The memorials and commemorations tree and bench contract can be found on the last page of the information and policy document.
St. Louis Park is a bee-friendly city
City Council passed a resolution declaring St. Louis Park a "bee-friendly" city. This resolution defines eight parks where no pesticides are sprayed and dandelions and white clover are promoted. Along with the designated bee-friendly parks, the city will increase education about bees and bee friendly landscaping, as well as promote the creation of bee habitats throughout the city, on public and private property.
- University of Minnesota Bee Lab
- Humming for bees
- The beez kneez
- Best management practices for pollinators
- Xerces Society
- Make your own bee hotel
- Timely tips for bee gardeners - Nurture your backyard bees!
The Evergreen Award is presented each year to properties which are uniquely designed, well-maintained, with an emphasis on parcels that are visible to the passerby. Businesses, apartments and houses are all eligible to receive the award.
Call 952.924.2699 to nominate a property. Nominations are due each year by August 1.