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

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION DONORS

David and Betsy Kelly 
Scott Knudson 
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 
Jan Martland 
Malcolm McDonald 
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 
Elizabeth Myers 
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 
Nancy Oregman 
Michael Parish 
Brooke Pope 

CONTACT

651-300-7876
office@stpaulparks.org

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

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UPDATE 4/20/21: Due to the latest developments in the Chauvin trial, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has made the decision to reschedule tonight’s open house about the four new parks at Highland Bridge. More information will be available soon. The Conservancy thanks the City for its grace and wisdom in this moment. We look forward to boosting the excitement about Saint Paul's newest parks soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Today's Monday Park Museum feature is "Meditation" in Phalen Park by Lei Yixin from Changsha, China. Lei was later selected as the sculptor of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial in Washington, DC. This gorgeous, contemplative work, accented by the water and a nearby willow tree, has been a place for affirmation, reflection and support for Saint Paulites of Asian descent and their allies. #lovesaintpaulparks #saintpaulparkart ... See MoreSee Less

Todays Monday Park Museum feature is Meditation in Phalen Park by Lei Yixin from Changsha, China. Lei was later selected as the sculptor of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial in Washington, DC. This gorgeous, contemplative work, accented by the water and a nearby willow tree, has been a place for affirmation, reflection and support for Saint Paulites of Asian descent and their allies. #lovesaintpaulparks #saintpaulparkart

Here's some floral sunshine for a rainy week!

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