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Temporary Art Installation Concept Plan

Pedro Park – Temporary Art Installation Project

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation together with Public Art Saint Paul, has designed a Temporary Art Installation called “Urban Flower Field”, for construction this spring within the vacant Pedro Park parcel located at the corner of Robert and 10th Streets.
The Temporary Art Installation will visually illuminate both the work of the City on a transitional park space and the scientific process of soil remediation. “Urban Flower Field” is a cross pollination between art, the civic process, community, and science.

The installation consists of 96 phytoremediation plots of flowers that will be arranged in 8 spirals representing the naturally occurring Fibonacci sequence. These plots of flowers will beautify the space while naturally preparing the soil for the future park. The existing sloped grade will be used as an amphitheater and a central paved area will contain multi-colored adirondack chairs for informal seating. The space will serve as a place for gathering, relaxing and contemplation. During the summer, in collaboration with local business and community partners, we expect to host movie nights, small music concerts and other fun and distinctive events for the neighborhood.

City Artist-In-Residence, Amanda Lovelee together with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Landscape Architects Don Ganje and Bianca Paz, are leading the project in partnership with University of St. Thomas students and Biology Professor Adam Kay, Ecological Gardens, Berg Brothers, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Neighborhood Business and Community Volunteers.

We anticipate the “Urban Flower Field” Art installation will be in place for approximately two years and will serve to give area residents an outdoor space to use now, while the City continues the search for funding for the permanent Pedro Park.

Temporary Art Installation Concept (Full Size)

General Project Overview

Project Description:

This project will develop a master plan and cost estimate for the phased development of critical parcels for a new downtown park within the block bounded by 10th, Robert, 9th and Minnesota Streets.

Project Background:

A park is called for at this location based on the Fitzgerald Park Precinct Plan, adopted by the Saint Paul City Council as part of the Comprehensive Plan in 2006. Redevelopment of the area surrounding this park includes The Pointe condominium (290 units) on the west,  Rossmor (129 unit) building on the east, and City Walk (228 units) on the south.  Apartment construction and a grocery store are scheduled to begin on the north side of the park in the near future. The Pedro family donated the property in the northeast corner of the park site, for use as a portion of this park.  Demolition of the Pedro building occurred in 2011. 

A much needed outdoor park and gathering space will be created at the site for this new neighborhood.  Development of this space into urban green space will add value to all adjacent development and help create a sense of community in an area of downtown that has no near by outdoor gathering area. It will help spur other area development and become an important anchor to the well being of this new downtown community.

NEXT MEETING:  Design Advisory Committee Meeting: to be determined

Project Information

Task Force- Confirmed Members:

Eric Anderson, Resident
Kay Baker, St. Josephs Hospital
Bob Clough, Central Towers
Kisha Dixon, Union Gospel Mission- Daycare
Vince Gillespie, Resident
Julie Griffin, Lunds and Byerly’s
Tim Griffin, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation
Carol Hunn-Gregory, Keys Café
Hayley Johnson, McNally Smith
Karl Karlson, City Walk
Bud Kleppe, The Pointe
Chris Osgood, McNally Smith
Carl Pedro, Pedro Family
Ken Peterson, Union Gospel Mission
Marilyn Pitera, Pedro Family
Denise Scarlett, Union Gospel Mission
Julia Schrenkler, MPR
Andrew Schlack, Greater MN Housing Fund
Bob Spaulding, City Walk
Kate Swenson, Rossmor
Pat Wolf, Commercial Real Estate Services
Marcus Young, Public Art St. Paul

Project Manager:

Don Ganje, City of St. Paul Parks
Phone: 651-266-6425


Jody Martinez, City of St. Paul Parks
Phone: 651-266-6424

Lucy Thompson, City of St. Paul PED
Phone: 651-266-6578

Anne Gardner, City of St. Paul Parks
Phone: 651-266-6421

Capitol River Council Staff:
Melissa Martinez-Sones
Phone: 651-221-0488

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