Updated: 01/25/2014 9:06 AM
Created: 01/24/2014 9:44 PM KSTP.com
By: Brandi Powell
A big project is in the works right now in St. Paul. The City and people living in the Frogtown neighborhood are putting together plans for a park, and urban farm. In 2012, the city pledged $1 million for the project. A year later, the state legislature approved $1.5 million toward the plan.
Frogtown Park and Farm is right in the middle of St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.
Mike Hahn, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of St. Paul said, “The public now owns a great new parcel of green space.” Hahn added, “It’s 13 acres in the City of St. Paul, so it’s a tremendous opportunity to deliver on a lot of the community’s vision for recreation.
In fact, five acres of it will be dedicated to recreation. Part of it includes a sledding hill, which is the only part of the 13 total acres that has not been vacant in recent years.
In addition to the recreation area, three acres will be dedicated to nature and trees.
One of the biggest visions for the project is the five acres that will be dedicated to urban farming. Locals can collaborate with Frogtown Farm to grow and sell their traditional food.
Frogtown resident and Frogtown Farm Board Member, Susane Moua said, “This has been one of my activities that I have been participating in [for the past few years]. Moua said, “The biggest thing we’ve accomplished has been the purchase of the land.” She said the details will be ironed out over the next few months.
By this fall, the entire Frogtown Park and Farm will be available for the community to use.
The city and Trust for Public Land said this will help drive economic development in the Frogtown neighborhood.
In addition to local and state funding, $2 million dollars of private donations will go toward getting Frogtown Park and Farm up and running.