May news from St. Anthony Park District 12

Kasota Ponds cleanup

The annual community-wide Kasota Ponds cleanup was held on April 25 and made a huge amount of progress. About 30 people volunteered, and then two days later 60 Avalon School middle-schoolers went to the north pond to clean up. They did a great job and got to learn a lot about wetlands and the importance of recycling.

New intern at District 12

District 12 has a new member in the office. Amanda Yang, who has a master’s degree in urban planning, will be helping the council learn more about environmental degradation in St. Anthony Park and then map it. District 12 has been working with the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) in Minneapolis, which is working on a similar project. The council would like to hear from residents about any history they have about their property or other parts of the neighborhood. This project will be confined by what’s available in public records, but if residents have more information, contact District 12.

School gets garden plot

Jennings Community Learning, a charter school on University Avenue that serves 80 percent students of color, has a garden plot in the St. Anthony Park Community Gardens. The school plans to use it to teach students about nutrition, local foods and health.

Learn about Como reconstruction

The Como Avenue reconstruction project will happen in 2017. Look for the District 12 table at the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival on June 6 to learn more about it and to give feedback on the project.

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