Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.


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Winter Special Events & Parties

11/18/2021 Parks & Recreation

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation winter events and activities.

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Ski & Snowboard Lesson Registration

11/5/2021 Parks & Recreation

Como Park Ski Center, also known as Mount Como, features two rope tows, a 150 foot vertical drop on 15 skiable acres, over 5K of groomed cross country trails, lessons for all ages and skill levels, and ski and snowboard rentals. Como Park Ski Center is located at 1431 North Lexington Parkway near Lake Como and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

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Happy Halloween from Saint Paul Parks and Recreation!

10/31/2021 Parks & Recreation

Each year, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation staff celebrate Halloween by dressing up as our favorite characters from the TV show "Parks and Recreation". From all of us at Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

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RELEASE: City of Saint Paul and community partners celebrate grand opening of new play space at Hamline Park

10/14/2021 Parks & Recreation

Upgraded play space provides surrounding community with increased access to updated amenities.

The City of Saint Paul and community partners today celebrated the grand opening of a brand-new play space at Hamline Park. Located in the Hamline-Midway Area, this play space has been completely replaced, including new safety surfacing and new drains underneath to keep the playground dry.

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Last Edited: November 22, 2021