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Environment and Parks

Our Environment and Parks Committee usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at 161 Snelling Ave. N. In January, the meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. 

The Committee identifies community needs within our current parks and explores ideas for future ones, works to secure improvements to our parks, and supports activities within them. The Committee also makes recommendations on the use of funds earned through a cell phone tower lease agreement, for park activities and improvements. If you have an issue you’d like to bring to the Committee, please contact our Committee Co-Chair Drew Ross.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please email If you are interested in joining our committee, you’ll need to attend three meetings to become a voting member. 

Current Environment and Parks Projects

Community Dog Field proposal

Neighbors have come forth with a proposal to transform the greenspace at the southeast corner of Hamline and Ashland Avenues into a small dog field for off-leash dogs. We are currently in the process of obtaining input from neighbors, and we want to hear from you! [ Read more and complete a short survey here ]

The Park at Griggs 

We are supporting the development of a new city park between University Avenue and I-94 off of Griggs Street! Most recently, engagement efforts have focused on selecting a name for the new park. [ Read more about the Park at Griggs here ]

Merriam Park Master Plan

We have developed a planning document for future improvements to Merriam Park. [ Review the Master Plan here ]

Naming a "Union Park"

There's a proposal to change the name of Iris Park to Union Park, so the District Council will have a namesake, the park will have better stewardship, and the area's history will be honored. Read more about this proposal here ]