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File #: RES 21-165    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/27/2021
Title: Recognizing the Friends of Mears Park for their dedication and stewardship of Mears Park.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
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Recognizing the Friends of Mears Park for their dedication and stewardship of Mears Park.

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WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to support the operation, maintenance and beautification of Mears Park; and

WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park support forty-eight gardeners that tend forty-two garden plots throughout the Park, many of whom spend not only their time but their money creating beautiful beds for the public to enjoy; and

WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park supply gardeners with equipment, tools, signage, and some spring plantings, supporting up to 7000 volunteer hours annually; and

WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park pay for and maintain the hanging flower baskets that surround the park and coordinates their plantings with Blooming Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park partner with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and meet twice a year to coordinate, plan park projects, and communicate issues related to lawn care, irrigation, vandalism and security; and

WHEREAS the Friends of Mears Park help support a venue that provides concerts, ceremonies, and other public gatherings, including classical music from 9 am to 9 pm for the enjoyment of visitors; and

WHEREAS during the COVID-19 closures of this summer, the Friends of Mears Park supported local restaurants in their neighborhood by sponsoring, along with the Downtown Alliance, local music in Mears Park from July 9th through September 25th, and inviting the community to enjoy a socially-distanced evening with neighbors and friends with great takeout food; and

WHEREAS, with the support of the Lowertown community and the City of Saint Paul, the Friends of Mears Park design, install, and maintain the festive holiday lights that make Mears Park a magical place to visit in the winter; and

WHEREAS, the Friends of Mears Park volunteer their time and talent to bring the entire downtown community together to support and vitalize o...

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