I have to lead with a reminder to give generously to your local non-profits, including the Foundation. We rely on your donations to keep this community great and growing!


Last Thursday, the Foundation held its 2nd annual State of the Park forum, entitled Preparing for the Best: Demographics, Design and Development. Over 150 attendees began the evening by visiting the 13 non-profit tables to learn about their service and support. Foundation chair gave a brief report on the Foundation's activities during this its 15th anniversary year.

Then a panel discussion was excellently led by Jon Commers with a very lively give & take around the issues of housing and how our neighborhood can meet future needs. Demographics were shared pointing to a lack of housing available to meet the downsizing and care needs of our large population of aging boomers.

The panelists talked about how other communities are dealing with similar issues through new and repurposed structures. They also encouraged residents to embrace the kind of change needed to keep our community viable and consider how new buildings can point forward architecturally rather than trying to mimic the past. 

Amy Sparks from the Creative Enterprise Zone Action Committee provided a visual record of the meeting. A videotape of the presentation will be posted on our website soon. It was great to see so many neighbors and we got great feedback on the discussion. All of this will be made available to the D12 Council as they begin their 10 -year Comprehensive Planning process.

Shop Home for the Holidays - sponsored last Saturday by the Foundation, MetroIBA and our merchants  - looked to be very successful. Businesses reported good traffic and holiday cheer. Sunrise Banks brought in Santa and his reindeer rides once again for kids of all ages. Please continue to Shop local throughout the holidays, our business neighbors really appreciate your support!

The Creative Enterprise Zone's Action Committee hosted a Give & Take at Khanh Tran's newly opened Dow Gallery in the Dow Building on University & Hampton. Khanh, the in-house framer for the artists who work in the Dow, has access to a very neat space next door and wanted to invite the community to see his new shop and weigh in on how best to use next door.


Bang Brewery co-owner, Sandy Boss Febbo was quoted on MPR as saying she wants to see St. Paul surpass Mpls in bike friendliness. Many of their customers prefer bikes in all weather...Como High Math teacher Barb Schmidt received an Award of Excellence from the 
University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development...Claire Mathews-Lingen, a sophomore at Avalon School, is the first student community representative in SAP Community Council's new Civic Stewardship Apprentice Program.

Holiday Calendar
Dec. 11 - Winter Concert at Murray Middle School at 7pm
Dec. 15 - The five choirs from Como High School will join in song at the annual Pops Concert 
at 7:00 in the Como Auditorium featuring songs from Frozen. Tickets are $1 for students and seniors, $2 for adults.

That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor.

Want to learn more about the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation? Want to get involved?

Contact Jon Schumacher
651-641-1455 or jon@sapfoundation.org