We believe that all neighborhoods deserve welcoming, safe, and attractive parks and recreation facilities.
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.
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
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
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION DONORS
David and Betsy Kelly
William Klein and Hildy Boweer
David and Susan Klevan
Pam Krank and Bryan McGee
Keith and Toni Kuffel
James and Gail LaFave
Laurel J Lapore
Aaron A. Mann and Emily B. Herr
Amy and Marek Mino
Garth Morrisette and Trina McNeely
Brenna Murphy and Austin Ditzler Murphy
Conor, Mollie, Rowan, Charlotte and Maisie Murphy
Edward Murphy III
Paddy Murphy and Lindsey Reif
Nicholson Brothers Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation:
David and Barbara Nicholson, Richard and Nancy Nicholson, Ford and Catherine Nicholson, and Todd and Martha Nicholson
Diane Nixa and Kurt Hochfeld
1611 County Rd B West Ste 315
Saint Paul, MN 55113