About Midway Peace Park
This new, just over 3-acre park in the Midway neighborhood is part of the city’s long-term vision to create vibrant outdoor gathering spaces that strengthen community connections along the Green Line. 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. Other project partners include Capitol Region Watershed District, Friends of Midway Peace Park, Union Park District Council, Gordon Parks High School, Hamline-Midway Coalition, Lexington-Hamline Community Council, CommonBond Communities, Capital and many others.
From 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.
The park serves as both as a destination along the Green Line, which has few parks along its route, and as an important local park for the surrounding residents and schools. Additionally, the park allows infiltration and storage for over 370,000 gallons of stormwater (which is over half of an Olympic swimming pool).
By community vote, Parks Commission, and City Council approval, the park was named Midway Peace Park in March 2018. A grand opening was held in 2020 and Midway Peace Park was fully completed in 2021.
- Walking loop
- Shade structure
- Drinking fountain
- Outdoor performance space
- Water feature
- Basketball court
- Bike racks
- Peace pole
- Rain garden/stormwater filtration system
The beautiful signs explaining the water system at Midway Peace Park were a community effort. Capitol Region Watershed District hired the sign artist and assisted with translation. The Friends of Midway Peace Park gathered community members to review sign translations, which are five languages spoken by immediate park neighbors.
Helping to Protect the Mississippi River Signs
- English - "Helping to Protect the Mississippi River"
- Amharic - የሚሲሲፒ ወንዝን ደህንነት ለመጠበቅ የሚረዳ
- Hmong - Pab Tivthaiv tus Dejnum Mississippi
- Oromo - Nageenya Laga Mississippi Eeguuf kan Gargaaru
- Somali - Caawinta Ilaalinta Wabiga Mississippi
- Español - Ayudando a proteger el Río Mississippi