March City Files
District 10 Como Community Council
Options for Como Avenue trail
Several options are under consideration for the Como Avenue Trail. An off-street trail on the north side of Como Avenue is the common link among options the city in examining to extend the Grand Round between Hamline and Raymond avenues. More than 125 people stopped by the Como Park Streetcar Station on Jan. 15 to get information and ask questions about the bicycle-and-pedestrian trail that the city plans to build in 2020 and 2021. Further discussion took place Feb. 12 at District 10’s Land Use meeting.
Go to the project website to get details on the various options for traffic, parking, and trails under consideration for each segment: www.stpaul.gov/comotrail
Getting Ready to Walk and Roll
Weigh in on ideas for improving the trail system and directional signs within Como Regional Park during one of two feedback sessions being organized by District 10’s Pathways group.
For the past year-and-a-half, the group has been assessing how easy (or difficult) it is for walkers, cyclists, and others who rely on people-powered transportation to get from one part of the park to the other. The group also is examining the quality and effectiveness of existing trails and signs, including survey responses from more than 550 visitors.
The Pathways group will present a draft list of suggestions and gather additional community feedback before issuing a final report. The feedback sessions are:
- Wednesday Feb. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Saturday March 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Both sessions are at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue.
Voting Age Drops to 16
The Como Community Council board voted in January to lower the age of its “membership” from 18 to 16. That means 16- and 17-year-olds now can vote in district council elections and committee meetings and run for the District 10 board.
Upcoming District 10 Meetings
- Como Community Council Board Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Environment Committee: Wednesday, Feb. 27.
- Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday, March 5.
- Land Use Committee: Wednesday, March 6.
- Como Community Council Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 19
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.
Streetcar Station Open Once a Month
The Como Park Streetcar Station is now open on the first Sunday of each month. It is a great chance to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates are March 3 and April 7.
Submitted by Michael Kuchta, executive director of the District 10 Como Community Council
Transition Town — All St. Anthony Park
This neighborhood-based group working for a local response to climate change has two regular-standing committee meetings open to the public:
- ïThe Planning Group meets Thurs., Feb. 28 (and every fourth Thursday), 7-8:30 p.m. at CoCreatz, 2388 W. University Ave., to plan projects for a smaller carbon footprint and a stronger community: a positive local response to climate change. Come early at 6:30 p.m. for social time. TransitionASAP.org
- ïThe Transition Your Money Group meets Wed., Feb. 20 (and every third Wednesday), 6:30-8 p.m. at Lori’s Coffee House, 1441 N. Cleveland Ave. It explores ways citizens can align their money decisions with the values of community and sustainability. TransitionASAP.org/TransitionYourMoney