Overview

Donated to the city in 1909, Dickerman Park is a quarter-mile stretch of land located along the north side of University Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Aldine Street. As a part of its effort to bring more vibrancy to the Green Line, Saint Paul is helping fully realize the park’s original vision through the development of a practical design, including new walkways, plaza spaces, public art, and planting areas.  The existing white and burr oak trees throughout the park will be maintained and incorporated into the park’s design. Once completed, Dickerman Park will have low-growing, brightly colored gardens that span the park’s entire width and highlight the iconic oaks.

Project Manager Update

July 12, 2021

Construction at Dickerman Park is complete. Erosion control measures are still in place, but may be removed soon, while the turf is still being established.

June 15, 2021

Construction of Dickerman Park is nearly complete as the sod turf is currently being established. City staff will perform a final inspection with the contractor in the next few days and wrap up any outstanding items.

May 11, 2021

Construction has resumed for the season at Dickerman Park. Concrete walks are currently being placed and will be followed by the installation of the irrigation system, sodding, placement of site furnishings, and landscaping. We anticipate work to wrap up near the end of May/early June. 

November 20, 2020

Construction on Phase II began in October and is wrapping up for the season. Construction will resume in the spring and be complete in May/June.

Access to Junior Achievement is from the side of the building adjacent to Wheeler and from the parking lot beside the building. Access to Metro Sound and Lighting and Liberty Tax Service is available from the parking lot beside the building. Access to Marsden, American Security, Palen Kimball, and Final Touch Services is from the side adjacent to Aldine Street.

September 24, 2019

Parks and Recreation has started to prepare construction documents for Phase II of park development. The layout pattern and elements of the first phase will be carried through to the section of park between Wheeler and Aldine. The layout of the park in Phase II can be viewed at the following links:

Staff plan to have the project ready to bid in late winter to start construction in the spring of 2020. 

 

January 11, 2018:  Phase I Construction Images

The City of Saint Paul began construction on the park in July 2017. The first phase of park construction – between Fairview Avenue and Wheeler Street – will conclude in November 2017.

Meetings

Design Advisory Committee Meeting #1

INITIAL WORKSHOP: Thursday, September 25, 2014 6-8pm, at the Habitat for Humanity’s new building on Prior and University. 1954 University Ave. W St. Paul, MN 55104 The Committee will evaluate relevance of the outcome of the 2005 study of the park and provide input on needs and preferences based on an overall vision for the park.

Design Advisory Committee Meeting #2

Design Advisory Committee Meeting #2 – DEVELOPING A VISION: Thursday, October 23, 2014 6-8pm, Location TBA. The Committee will discuss and provide input on a preferred direction including overall layout, design elements and style.

Design Advisory Committee Meeting #3

Design Advisory Committee Meeting #3 – REFINED CONCEPT: Thursday, January 12, 2014 6-8pm. The Committee will discussed and provided input on a preferred direction including overall layout, design elements and style.

Public Open House – Dickerman Park Conceptual Design

On Tuesday, February 17, 2014, the City of Saint Paul held an Open House to present the conceptual design for Dickerman Park. Over 30 people attended to listen to a short presentation and to view the graphics developed through the process of the last 6 months as advised by the Design Advisory Committee.

The City is seeking funding to construct the park which is on the north side of University Avenue between Fairview and Aldine. The advent of the Green Line, the associated redevelopment in the Fairview Station area, and the lack of visible public green space along the corridor make Dickerman Park an incredible opportunity to create an authentic landmark gathering space reflective of the surrounding community.

Project Resources

Last Edited: July 12, 2021