Swede Hollow

 

Neighborhoods: East Side neighborhoods of Dayton’s Bluff and Railroad Island

Amount Needed: $622,000 (estimate)

Project Partners: Lower Phalen Creek Project, Friends of Swede Hollow, City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

The Story of Swede Hollow Park

The story of Swede Hollow Park is the story of St. Paul itself. It is a critical natural habitat for endangered species like the native Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and an important migratory flyway. Archeological items have been found in the park indicating that the site had served as a village site for Dakota people. In the 1860s the area became an immigrant enclave for Swedes, Irish, Poles, Italians and Mexicans until the City forced out its residents and burned down the housing stock in 1956.

Every day you can meet Twin Cities residents from all walks of life who grew up in the Hollow. Their stories are captivating. The powerful historic fiction book Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo (2016) took Europe by storm, translated into multiple languages and turned a stage play in both Swedish and English.

In 2019 the Swede Hollow Master Plan was completed and work is ready to begin. The plan’s focus includes improving park access, increasing visibility and sense of security, natural resource management, options to restore stream flow to Phalen Creek, and historical and cultural interpretation. Planning was funded by major grants from the McNeely and Bush Foundations with major support from Lower Phalen Creek Project.

Project Area

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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