A new neighborhood park is under construction in the Midway, at 416 Griggs Street between University Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue. This area is diverse, but recognized as lacking parks and green space. Midway Peace Park (formerly referred to as the Park at Griggs) is part of the City of Saint Paul’s long-term vision to create vibrant outdoor gathering spaces that strengthen community connections along the Green Line. The park will serve both as a destination along the Green Line, which has few parks along its route, and as an important local park for the neighborhood, Gordon Parks High School, High School for the Recording Arts, and residents of the adjacent Skyline Tower.
The new three acre park will provide a play area, walking loop, mosaic art by local artist Lori Greene, benches for sitting under the shade of new trees, a unique stormwater channel and infiltration ponds, as well as a full basketball court.
Quick facts on the park design:
- Replaced over 2 acres of paved surface with much-needed green space
- Preserved 18 trees
- Removed 14 trees (of which about 8 were self-seeded cottonwood, boxelder, and ash)
- Removed an additional 11 trees in the parking lot, which were stunted and over half were dead prior to construction
Planting will occur in summer 2020 and includes:
- 57 deciduous shade trees, 9 ornamental trees, 7 coniferous trees
- Total of 73 new trees planted
Additionally, the park provides storage and allows infiltration for over 370,000 gallons of stormwater (which is over half of an Olympic swimming pool).
Midway Peace Park has reached substantial completion and is open to the public. Final acceptance from the contractor will occur in spring or early summer 2021. When it is safe to do so we will have a grand opening to celebrate.
November 23rd, 2020 - the basketball court is being re-surfaced and is temporarily closed to the public. Final court surfacing paint will be applied in spring 2021.
Construction resumed August 31st 2020! The City has received a start date to utilize grant funding from the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program, which is a competitive, nationwide grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
June 2020: The construction work must pause until the City receives needed approvals to use the grant funds. As of June 1st, 2020, most construction with the exception of maintenance and site stabilization, has paused. This page will be updated when we confirm work can continue.
Our general contractor is LS Black, who has worked on site since construction began in August 2019. Our playground is installed by Flagship Recreation.
Project Leadership & Key Partners
The City of Saint Paul - Parks and Recreation Department and Trust for Public Land are sharing leadership of this project, however the City is responsible for construction. Other partners include Union Park District Council, Gordon Parks High School, Hamline-Midway Coalition, Lexington-Hamline Community Council, CommonBond Communities, and many others.
The Trust for Public Land acquired three parcels of land from separate landowners and conveyed them to the City of Saint Paul in early 2016. Funding came from private funds raised by the Trust for Public land and the city’s 8-80 Vitality Fund.
In 2016 to 2018, The Trust for Public Land engaged the community through "park listening" and raised funds to develop the park. To guide the creation of the park, a creative community engagement approach has been utilized -- a cooperative, community-based process that focuses on identifying the cultural and neighborhood values and desired park features to inform the design of the park.
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Design Advisory Committee Meetings
Meetings were held near the future park, and were open to the public. Committee members were invited in the spring of 2018 and served as representatives from nearby apartment buildings, businesses, and neighborhood councils. Our committee met on the following dates:
- March 28, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Skyline Tower – meeting presentation (pdf) | agenda (pdf) | meeting minutes (pdf)
- April 25, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Gordon Parks High School - meeting presentation 2 (pdf) | agenda 2 (pdf) | meeting minutes (pdf)
- June 6, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at High School for the Recording Arts - meeting presentation 3 (pdf) | agenda 3 (pdf) | meeting minutes (pdf)
- August 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM National Night Out with Skyline, Commonbond, and Trust for Public Land at Midway Peace Park
- September 29, 2018 Design Reveal Open House - Street soccer clinic by Joga Bonito Soccer from 10 AM to 12 noon. Open House from 12 noon to 1:30 PM. Food and games supplied by Trust for Public Land and St. Paul Parks and Recreation. We shared details of the park design, this is the last opportunity for comments before the construction process begins. Thank you to everyone who attended!
- 2014 – Park area included in Greening the Green Line Guidebook
- 2015-2017 – Community engagement and park listening
- December 2015 – First two parcels of land acquired by The Trust for Public Land
- February 2016 – Final parcel of land acquired by The Trust for Public Land with private funds and all three parcels donated to the City of Saint Paul
- Complete fundraising – fall 2018
- Determine name for the park with community input – October 2017 – January 2018
- Midway Peace Park name adopted by City Council - March 21, 2018
- Design Advisory Committee held three meetings to determine park program, components, and design layout - March - June 2018
- Open House to show refined park concept – September 29, 2018 (see above for details)
- Re-bidding was completed in July 2019
- Contractor selected late July to early August 2019
- Park construction – late summer 2019 to fall 2020