New Park at Westgate
The City of Saint Paul is planning to develop a new 1.5-acre park at the corner of Sharon Ave SE and Emerald Street SE. As part of the Station Area Planning process for the Westgate light rail station, park space was identified as a need in this area to serve residents and businesses in a growing area of Saint Paul. Dominium, an affordable housing developer, recently acquired the 12-acre Weyerhauser lumber site, adjacent to the New Park at Westgate site. Affordable-housing apartments for seniors and working families is proposed for the Dominium development. In tandem with this development project, the City will advance plans for construction of the New Park at Westgate.
For more information about the process of developing the park concept and its relationship to the surrounding area, please reference the Westgate Public Realm Plan.
Fall 2018, the City plans to advance design of the New Park at Westgate utilizing community feedback and input received in the Westgate Public Realm Plan. Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020, after construction of the Dominium development.
In 2017, the City worked with Urban Design Associates (UDA) and the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to develop a high-level framework for development, open space, and bike-pedestrian connections in this area (Westgate Public Realm Plan)