Public Realm Committee

Public Realm Committee

The vision statement from the Saint Paul Downtown Development Strategy developed in 2003 (7.0 Public Realm, Parks and Recreation) is helpful in describing our guiding purpose as a committee: “Downtown will have an enhanced public realm, parks and recreation system that is easily accessible, attractive and well maintained and that celebrates downtown’s history, physical setting and proximity to the Mississippi River. … A healthy urban ecology will contribute to downtown’s sense of place and improve its quality of life.”

This committee has taken leadership in developing recommendations related to Pedro Park, and was instrumental in coordinating the Community Conversation on Homelessness on Feb. 12, 2018.

To request an issue or topic for this committee to discuss, please contact Jon Fure, 651-221-0488,

  • Meetings: Monthly on the third Tuesday
  • Chair: Alesia G. Thompson
  • Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Conference Room B, 180 East 5th Street, unless otherwise noted.


Oct. 16, 2018:

Topics discussed included parking issues downtown and a proposal by Council Member Noecker to demolish the Public Safety Annex on 10 Street East, between Robert and Minnesota Streets, so that a larger park can be created at the site of the former Pedro Luggage Building.

The committee voted to recommend support for Council Member Noecker’s proposal: Pedro_Park_Alternative-Noecker

For comparison, here is Mayor Carter’s proposal: Mayor’s Pedro Park Proposal

Also see the Public_Realm_Committee_Agenda_10-16-2018

July 17, 2018:

  • NOTE MEETING LOCATION – Saint Paul RiverCentre 5th Floor Conference Room (take the elevators near the Headwaters Cafe to 5th floor)
  • Agenda:
    • Presentation by City of Saint Paul Public Works – project to replace the expansion joints and mill and overlay of West bound Kellogg boulevard’s existing concrete deck. The project set to being July 30, with traffic implications for approximately 8 weeks.
    • Presentation by Met Council – proposed improvements to Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Facility (outside of District 17 on Warner Road)
    • Pedro Park updates
    • Request to sign on to letter opposed to hiring additional police officers (read the following Draft letter – opposition to police officer increase and Police Stats)
    • Follow up on question about Wabasha bridge / rock slide
    • Other announcements / future agenda items

June 19, 2018:

  • Agenda:
    • Robert Street resurfacing project – community engagement: Kevin Walker, MnDOT
    • Pedro Park updates
    • Follow-up on Community Conversation on Homelessness
    • Future meeting dates / times
  • Meeting notes