On December 4, 2013 the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced that it had closed on a deal to create a new park and urban demonstration farm in the Frogtown neighborhood, one of Saint Paul’s most park-lacking areas. Frogtown has the lowest amount of green space per child in all of Saint Paul, .006 acres per child. The new Frogtown Park and Farm will offer a safe place for neighborhood children to play and experience nature. The 13-acre park will feature dozens of 50- to 100-year old trees, a recreation area, a sliding hill, an urban demonstration farm and beautiful hilltop views of the city.
TPL paid $2.2 million for the property, which has a fair market value of $4.7 million. TPL immediately conveyed the land to the City of Saint Paul who will own and operate the park. The Wilder Foundation agreed to sell the property at a substantial discount to further its charitable mission and serve the Frogtown neighborhood. “The Wilder Foundation Board agreed that dramatically decreasing the asking price would enable the neighborhood, the City and The Trust for Public Land to use this property in way that we could all be proud of as a community. We are thrilled that this park will be a reality for Frogtown residents,” said MayKao Hang President and CEO of the Foundation.
Funding for this project comes from state lottery funds (the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources), the City of Saint Paul and many individuals and foundations. In addition to funding for purchasing the land, The Trust for Public Land is also raising funds for initial improvements at the park, community engagement, and capacity building for Frogtown Farm, the nonprofit that will lease a portion of the land to operate a demonstration farm.