Open house will show plans for McMurray Field redesign

The District 10 Como Community Council will host an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4:30-6:45 p.m., at the Historic Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway, to look at the city’s latest proposals to reconfigure parking, traffic flow, trails and the softball diamonds around McMurray Field, the woodlands outdoor classroom and the Como Pool.

In its most recent incarnation, project designers propose:

• Adding parking along Jessamine Avenue, along Beulah Lane, and south and east of the pool

• Closing the intersection of Lexington and Jessamine

• Reconfiguring Wynne Avenue, especially on the western end of the athletic fields

• Adding a feeder drive that parallels Lexington from Wynne to Jessamine

• Reducing the number of softball fields from five to three

• Adding walking and bicycling trails in the area

• Increasing participant and spectator access to the athletic fields

See conceptual drawings at www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=5764.

Honor thy neighbors

Know neighbors who help make the Como Park area a better place to live, work or play? Nominate them for St. Paul’s Neighborhood Honor Roll.

The annual citywide award pays tribute to residents who improve the quality of life in St. Paul.

To nominate someone: Send a short description of their accomplishments or the reasons they should be honored to district10@district10comopark.org. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 7.

The District 10 board will evaluate nominees and select up to three winners at the Tuesday, Dec. 15, council meeting. A dinner on Jan. 29 will officially recognize honorees from District 10 and other St. Paul neighborhoods.

Making organics recycling easier

Como Composts is working with St. Paul Parks and Recreation to locate an organics drop-off site in the neighborhood, most likely at the west end of McMurray Field along Beulah Lane.

Now, the closest place to dispose of organic compost is Ramsey County’s yard waste site on Pierce Butler Route. In a recent community survey, 87 percent of respondents said they would prefer a location in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, free recycling bins and kitchen compost starter kits are available at the District 10 office in the Historic Streetcar Station. You can pick them up on Sunday, Dec. 6, noon-4 p.m. Or call 651-644-3889 and arrange to pick up by appointment.

Interested in a seed exchange?

The District 10 Environmental Committee is setting up a seed exchange for heirloom garden vegetables, native plants and other growing things, starting in spring 2016. If you want to take part, contact Dawn Lamm, comoseedsavers@gmail.com. Or find out more on Facebook: www.facebook.com/comoseedsavers.

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To keep up to date in Como, sign up for District 10’s weekly e-newsletter, which is sent out every Friday. Visit district10comopark.org, then click on the sign-up icon in the right column.

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