Park at Griggs

A new neighborhood park is coming to an undeveloped area in the Midway, on Griggs Street between Lexington and Hamline Avenues. This area is diverse, but recognized as being park-poor. This yet-to-be-named park is part of the City of St. 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, the Gordon Parks High School community, and residents of the adjacent Skyline Tower.

The Trust for Public Land acquired three parcels of land from separate landowners and conveyed them to the City of St. Paul in early 2016. Funding came from private funds raised by the Trust for Public land and the city’s 8-80 Vitality Fund.

Over the last couple of years, The Trust for Public Land has led creative community engagement to bring together park stakeholders and raise 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 that will inform the design of the park.

Project Leadership & Key Partners

The Trust for Public Land is co-leading this project with the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department.  Other partners include Union Park District Council, Gordon Parks High School, Lexington-Hamline Community Council, CommonBond Communities, and many others.

Do you want to support building the park? https://support.tpl.org/Griggs   

Past Milestones

  • 2014 – Park area included in Greening the Green Line Guidebook
  • 2015-2017 – Community engagement
  • 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 donates it to the City of Saint Paul

Anticipated Timeline

  • Determine Name for the park with community input – October 2017 – January 2018
  • Complete fundraising – end of 2017
  • Park development – 2018-2019

For more information, contact:  Ellen Stewart – ellen.stewart@ci.stpaul.mn.us or Jenna Fletcher jenna.fletcher@tpl.org

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