Saint Paul Chief of Police Tom Smith wants you to join a National Night Out Block Party - or better yet, start your own! Go to stpaul.gov/police for ideas and info to host your own National Night Out gathering.
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=...