1. The City of Saint Paul celebrated the groundbreaking of Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail at a ceremony taking place on June13. Deputy Mayor Paul Williams, Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Ramsey County Commissioner Janice Rettman, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm along with representatives from many of the project's partners were in attendance to celebrate the event.
    When completed in 2015, the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail will serve as a vital natural link between Saint Paul's North and East side and the Mississippi River. Plans for the nature sanctuary include the restoration of the original Trout Brook stream channel, much of which was run underground when the railroad was constructed. In addition to restoring the stream channel, natural wetland areas and ponds, designed to filter the nearby neighborhood's stormwater, are also included. Other planned amenities include the addition of nature trails, new stream crossings, areas for picnicking, interpretive signage and public art.

    "Saint Paul's green spaces are a crucial part of what defines us as a city, and I couldn't be happier that work on this project is now underway," Mayor Chris Coleman said. "When complete, this nature sanctuary will be a wonderful piece in our parks system, and I can't wait for its opening."
    The Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail project also includes expansions and improvements to the Trout Brook Regional Trail. The trail will be expanded and connected to the Gateway Trail at Cayuga Street. A newly constructed trailhead facility, which will include restrooms and a parking lot, are also part of the project's plans.
    Construction on the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will begin in the summer of 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2015. Project updates can be found on the project's webpage at stpaul.gov/index.aspx?NID=...

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  2. Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva and Saint Paul Public Library Director Kit Hadley helped kick off 2013 summer learning in the City of Saint Paul today at the Riverview Library. Children from across Saint Paul gathered at the library to talk to the Mayor and Supt. Silva about their favorite books and summer activities. They also compiled their summer booklists and previewed the free summer meals offered to Saint Paul youth through the Summer Meals Program.

    "Summer learning loss is real and contributes to a growing achievement gap in our schools. We have a duty to end the achievement gap in our schools, and this campaign gives parents an easy-to-remember tool to help minimize learning loss in the summer," said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. "We know that when children are exposed to stimulating activities during the summer, and when they are given healthy meals, they are more academically prepared when class starts up again in the fall. This program helps level the playing field between children from low income families and their more affluent peers."

    Parents can help prevent summer learning loss by encouraging their children to Do The Summer Countdown! These six simple steps help keep kids' bodies and brains active all summer long -- and retain more of what they learned in school.

    5 days a week of active play
    4 new places to visit
    3 fresh fruits and veggies daily
    2 summer projects
    1 time a day with a good book
    0 soda—drink water

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  3. Gorilla Forest, an 11 million dollar exhibit redesign and overhaul, features seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como Zoo, and the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America. The new construction, which at 13,000 square feet is almost three times larger than the previous space, includes a major outdoor exhibit and significant improvements and expansions to the existing indoor facilities

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  4. In this first in a series of regular updates, the City of Saint Paul takes you behind the scenes on construction of the Lowertown Regional Ballpark, the future home to the Saint Paul Saints, amateur and youth teams and other events. In this episode we'll learn about the architectural firm designing the facility, and the environmental clean up company readying the old Diamond Products factory for demolition.

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  5. The Saint Paul Saints kick-off the 2013 season with an annual block party and "World's Largest Game of Catch." The event took place on May 15, 2013 in downtown Saint Paul, MN, the future home of the soon-to-be Lowertown Regional Ballpark.
    Produced by Nick Nelson and Saint Paul Communications Services

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