Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Garden Stroll - Sunday June 25th, 2017 12-4 PM. Tickets Now Available.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Noon  to 4 p.m.

Step beyond the fa├žade of Saint Pauls stateliest homes to discover extraordinary private gardens located between Fairview Avenue and the University of St. Thomas.

Tickets are $10 in advance -- $15 on event day Get your tickets today!
Frattallone’s Ace Hardware Stores                       James J. Hill House
650 Grand Ave                                                          240 Summit Avenue
1676 Grand Ave

Kowalski’s Market                                                  Johnson & Sons Florist
1261 Grand Ave                                                      1738 Grand Ave

or online HERE

Proceeds support efforts to preserve the historic, residential and

urban park character of Summit Avenue.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Ayd Mill Planters

Getting back on the blog train with a great post about the Ayd Mill Planters this year!

Many of you may not know that the planters over the Ayd Mill bridge on Summit are paid for an maintained by SARPA. Not only do the planters add some color and interest to a rather windswept part of the street, but we have found they also serve as natural traffic calming agents as people stop slow down and smell the flowers!

Master Gardener Marge Hols has taken on the design of the planters, and SARPA volunteers plant and maintain (and pay for the flowers, and pay the city to water them...)

As you can tell, we like to start them young...

Monday, October 26, 2015

November 2 SARPA Meeting - Upcoming Changes for Summit!

Questions about changes along Snelling Avenue?

Come to an open meeting and dialogue for the neighborhood with Saint Paul Senior Planner Josh Williams.

Monday, Nov. 2
7 p.m.
Macalester Alumni House
1644 Summit Avenue (corner of Fry)
Saint Paul
Refreshments will be served.
Hosted by SARPA: Summit Avenue Residential & Preservation Association

Items to be discussed:
·         Bus Rapid Transit Service starting on Snelling in January
·         Longterm development plans for Snelling Avenue
·         Impact of new soccer stadium on area
·         Noise and traffic controls

Mr. Williams will keep his comments brief to allow plenty of time for questions.

Questions before the meeting:  Contact Carolyn Will, SARPA Co-Chair at 612-414-9661

Monday, August 24, 2015

Annual Meeting TODAY!

Monday, August 24


1358 Summit

See you there!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Garden Stroll TODAY!!

It's a beautiful day for the Summit Avenue Garden Stroll today!

We encourage you to make your first stop at the:

German-American House
301 Summit

That's where our ticket booth will be, so you can pick up your ticket brochure. They are also offering FREE lemonade and water to strollers!

Tickets on the day of the stroll are $15.

However, any of the gardens can give you a ticket if you need one, just look for the hooks with flowers. All gardens are on the east end, between Dale and the Cathedral, though some are just off of Summit!

SARPA is all volunteer-run. All proceeds from this event help us go towards conducting a study of how many walkers/cyclists (and other non-car traffic) use Summit. We've been told that Summit is the most-walked non-commercial street in the state, and we want to make that experience safer and better for all who use the street. Like us on Facebook or follow the blog for more information!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Post

As we have said before, Summit is Saint Paul's street. Here's a great link to someone's blog that talks about that:

(and the answer is NO! - we don't think we are rich (and certainly not the week property taxes are due) and YES! we borrow sugar and scribble on sidewalks and hang out — join us!)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Great Heart

ETA:  This is TONIGHT (May 28)! Hope to see you there!

Our next event will be a special book release event on “The Great Heart, written by Doug Hennes.

The O’Shaughnessy family held Summit Avenue close to their heart, but Ignatius Aloysius O’Shaughnessy was particularly proud of the street, as well as being one of Minnesota’s top philanthropists. Over his lifetime he gave hundreds of millions of dollars to institutions ranging from St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s to the Highland ballfields and a dental clinic for the Visitation sisters. 

The biography is organized into four sections, covering the Stillwater native’s early years and how he became the largest independent oil refiner in the United States; his family life and other interests, including his ownership of the Cleveland Indians and his sponsorship of the men’s basketball team that won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics; his history of giving, especially to Catholic education; and his later years, honors, and death in 1973.

The reading will be:
THIS Thursday, May 28 • 7:00 pm
at Common Good Books
38 Snelling Ave. S. (between Summit and Grand)
please stop in!