We believe that all neighborhoods deserve welcoming, safe, and attractive parks and recreation facilities.

Organization History

In 2007, the City of Saint Paul approached the McKnight Foundation for seed money to determine the feasibility of creating a non-profit organization to generate support from private individuals, corporations, and foundations for new park enhancements, programs and facilities.

After the study was completed, the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy (SPPC) formed its first board of directors and became a 501 (c) (3) in May of 2008. The SPPC defined its work as carrying out the vision of the 2008 Saint Paul Parks and Recreation plan calling for active lifestyles, vibrant places, and a vital environment.

The Work of the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy

During the past decade, the SPPC has raised funds for improvements to Lilydale Park (2009 – 2015) and to the ballfields at Oxford/Jimmy Lee Park (2011- 2014.) In 2018, the SPPC completed fundraising campaigns and the city broke ground on the revitalization of Rice Park and the addition of the state’s first Sepak Takraw courts (a popular Southeast Asian sport) at parks in Saint Paul’s North End and East Side.

In addition to capital projects, the Conservancy sponsored the Mayor’s Super Bowl Party in 2018 and from 2014 – 2017, supported the Lewis Sport Foundation’s Camp for student athletes with a grant from the National Football League Players Association.

Our Project Map

In the ten years of its existence, the Conservancy has raised approximately $2.5 million to support parks projects and the organization.

Investment Criteria

The ideal projects for the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy investment are those of high quality, and:

  • Need to be done
  • Are ready to be activated
  • There is public appetite for the project
  • Inspire investment and funds can be leveraged
  • Partnerships can be harnessed
  • Can demonstrate success
  • Provides an opportunity for the Parks Conservancy to lead
  • Parks Conservancy funds are needed to make a significant difference while preserving our visibility and sustainability

Our Priorities

The Saint Paul Parks Conservancy seeks to build on the legacy of our park system while inspiring innovations that respond to emerging needs. We do this by raising and pooling funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations and working with the Department of Parks and Recreation to:

  • Elevate the role that parks play to make our city vibrant, healthy, and livable;
  • Respond to emerging cultural, environmental, and recreational needs; and,
  • Invest in park infrastructure, beautification, and amenities in Saint Paul’s neighborhood parks, with particular attention to underserved areas in the city

The Saint Paul Parks Conservancy
is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Federal EIN 26-2788415

CONTACT

651-300-7876
office@stpaulparks.org

1611 County Rd B West Ste 315
Saint Paul, MN 55113

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Pups and parks go together! Enter yours today for the chance to win the crown as the official mascot for Saint Paul Parks! Bragging rights, a custom poster of your pooch and the chance to officially open the new Lilydale Dog Park will make you the pride of the neighborhood! Enter here www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/SPPC/SaintPaulBarks and consider helping dogs find their forever homes by contributing to www.animalhumanesociety.org/StPaulBarks #saintpaulbarks #lovesaintpaulparks ... See MoreSee Less

Pups and parks go together! Enter yours today for the chance to win the crown as the official mascot for Saint Paul Parks! Bragging rights, a custom poster of your pooch and the chance to officially open the new Lilydale Dog Park will make you the pride of the neighborhood! Enter here https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/SPPC/SaintPaulBarks and consider helping dogs find their forever homes by contributing to https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/StPaulBarks #SaintPaulBARKS #lovesaintpaulparks

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Join #stpaulparkemngo scavenger hunt as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! Your team will have a blast solving clues and visiting parks for family friendly fun (and you might win the $800 prize package!) Thank you to our sponsor 21st Century Bank Learn more and sign up now at www.wintercarnival.com/events/saint-paul-scavenger-hunt/ ... See MoreSee Less

Join #StPaulPARKemnGo scavenger hunt as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! Your team will have a blast solving clues and visiting parks for family friendly fun (and you might win the $800 prize package!) Thank you to our sponsor 21st Century Bank Learn more and sign up now at https://www.wintercarnival.com/events/saint-paul-scavenger-hunt/

If you are looking for fun learning opportunities for the students in your life who off school, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has you covered!

m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159337564174345&id=112493619344There are a few upcoming days when Saint Paul Public Schools SPPS are not in session. We offer fun programs to keep youth active and engaged during these no school days! Martin Luther King Day is coming up on Monday, Jan. 18 so get registered now at one of the 17 sites offering half-day programming.

Registration links and additional safety guidelines are available at stpaul.gov/NoSchoolDays
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If you are looking for fun learning opportunities for the students in your life who off school, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has you covered!

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Congratulations Urban Roots ! Your impact is tremendous! #lovesaintpaulparksOur Youth Volunteer Group of the Year (2020): Urban Roots!
Urban Roots youth are environmental restoration specialists in the Dayton's Bluff area of the national park. Youth receive valuable job skills while climbing the ladder of responsibility each year they return. We are very proud to partner with the Urban Roots program and to recognize this group for their amazing work!
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