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SAVE the Community Garden

Update: The gardens have been saved, see some weeds please pull them ūüôā

The Slatterly Park neighborhood association is considering taking over the Slatterly Park community garden from the Rochester Area Foundation (which we realize is a little late in the planting season), however we are asking for volunteers to help save the Slatts community garden.  We have set a work night for this coming Wednesday night May 27th to get them ready for gardening yet this summer.

The sad news is if we are unable to get volunteers for the first work night (May 27) the city will bulldoze the gardens and return the area to grass.

We need a minimum of six committed volunteers to help with the first work night (May 27) and then a second the following week for final prep to get the gardens ready for planting by June 5th.  As a volunteer you do not need to be committed to having a garden plot, just willing to help save the community garden by coming out and helping for two hours to help remove weeds and get the gardens ready for use.

If we are able to get the gardens up and running we will need to form a small committee to develop a plan to maintain and foster the Community garden which will be critical to the future of this neighborhood resource.

We have 36 plots available for rent, and are also looking for committed gardeners who will maintain a garden plot this summer as well for a low cost of $10 for the first plot, and $5 dollars for each one there after.  Please share with friends and family, as you do not have to be a Slatterly Park resident to have a garden plot.

If you are able to help or are interested in any of the following please email slatterlypark@gmail.com with which you are interested in, or to signup to help with the first work night click on the link below.

1) Help weed Wednesday May 27 6:30 Р8:30pm To sign up, go to:

2) Interested in a garden plot

3) Serving on the community garden committee

AoA Music Lineup Announcement

Music Lineup

Driven by Rhythm¬†‚Äď9:30-10:30

Fernando Ufret¬†‚Äď 10:45-11:45

Becky Schlegel ‚Äď12:00-1:30

Jeremy Jewell ‚Äď1:45-2:45

Naomi Thrune 3:00-3:45pm

Event Flier: Art.Ave. 2015_Poster


Boulevard Tree Planting May 2

Volunteers needed to help plant 200 boulevard trees in the Slatterly Park & Sunnyside Neighborhoods, thanks to RNeighbors Р RNeighborWoods program to promote and work with our City Forester to plant boulevard trees in our neighborhoods.  These boulevard trees are in addition to the (40) boulevard trees Slatterly Park  planted this past weekend!

Saturday May 2


Meet in the parking lot of 1421 Third Ave SE (near fairgrounds)

Sixth Street Bridge

For access to plans, elevations and details of the Sixth Street SE Bridge replacement project follow the link, and click on Project Files in the lower left hand column of the webpage.  The bridge will have decorative rails, planters and historic lighting that was collaboratively selected by the Slatterly Park 6th Street Bridge Committee, who worked with Public Works for 2 years on the design, and details of this neighborhood connecting bridge in our neighborhood.


Spring Quarterly Meeting

Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7pm

Hawthorne Education Center,
room 114

Treasurer’s Report- Chris Voigt
President’s Report- Randy Schubring
Neighborhood opportunity:  Pooch Patrol

Events- Wayne Flock
Art on the Ave
RColorful Corners

Tree planting- Cathy Clermont

Community Gardens

Open board position

Next quarterly meeting:  pot luck picnic, Slatterly Park  July 28,2015

Boulevard Tree Planting

Boulevard Tree Planting -Volunteers needed

Saturday April 18


Meet at the corner of 9th Ave & 10 1/2 Street SE

Bring a shovel & some friends and family! The more volunteers we have the faster this happens, we’ll be planting 40 trees.

The trees were purchased by the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association from funds raised through neighborhood events!  Art on the Ave & Music -Movie in the Park.

A special thanks to Hegland’s Creative Landscapes for partnering with SPNA to help make this planting possible!


6th Street Bridge Closure


Re: The Reconstruction
of 6th Street SE. Bridge at Bear Creek

On Monday updated April 13, 2015 reconstruction work of the 6th Street SE Bridge at Bear Creek will begin.  The bridge will be removed and reconstructed.  6th Street SE will be closed to all though traffic, vehicles and pedestrians, between 8th Avenue SE and 10th Avenue SE.  Additionally 9th Avenue SE will also be closed between to all though traffic, vehicles and pedestrians, between 6th Street SE and 7th Street SE.  Local access to the driveways and sidewalks to the homes in this area of street closure will be maintained.  No detour will be signed; however, advanced warning signs will be place to allow vehicle to select alternative routes.

The Bear Creek trail will also be closed in the area of 6th Street SE.  Detour for trail users will be signed.

Work includes the reconstruction of the bridge and the bridge approaches.  The bridge will be removed and will not be available to cross Bear Creek until completed.
Work is expected to be completed approximately August 25, 2015.

Pleases drive with care when traveling alternative routes through the neighborhood.

Contribute towards Art on the Ave to help us put on this wonderful event.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Art on the Ave, please download the pledge form below.

AoA Pledge Form_2015

Rochester-Olmsted Planning Comprehensive Plan Community Input


The City of Rochester is in the process of updating our comprehensive plan. The plan, entitled Planning 2 Succeed (P2S) will guide the development of the community for the next 20 years. During this time, Rochester’s growth is expected to continue, presenting both opportunities and challenges. Comprehensive planning positions the City for long-term resilience. It supports changing demographics, housing demand, multi-modal transportation needs, growth in jobs and visitors, and more ‚Äď while working with finite human, financial, and natural/environmental resources.

In order for this effort to be successful, we need input from ALL members of the community. As we move through this process, your opportunities for your input will progress. Currently, the best way for you to participate is through an online game-like tool called CrowdGauge. A brief presentation is provided here to give you an intro to this tool. This tool will allow you to explore tradeoffs and priorities and will give the planning team valuable insight into how you see your community growing in the future. We will use this input to create future scenarios and inform the ultimate plan. The tool will remain online throughout the project; however, the cut-off for responses to be included in the scenarios will be March 30th.

To participate in this innovative exercise, you can:

1) Visit the Planning 2 Succeed website for additional information

2) Play and promote the online version of CrowdGauge

3) Host an in person version of CrowdGauge

4) Host a facilitated in person session of the CrowdGauge

The difference between options 2 and 3 is that option 3 includes a member of the planning staff to serve as a facilitator. When requesting option 4 for a facilitator, we prefer to have 15 or more individuals in attendance. Times for staff facilitated events are limited and based on group size and staff availability.

If you are interested in options 3 or 4, please contact Jennifer Garness at 507 328-7105 or garness.jennifer@co.olmsted.mn.us for more information.

2016 Art on the Ave Host – Selection Process





The ‚ÄúArt on the Ave‚ÄĚ Committee is seeking potential hosts for the 2016 Art on the Ave event, which will be held¬†Saturday May 21, with a rain date of¬†June 4.¬† ¬†The event host not only gets an awesome sculpture installed in their boulevard as a part of a collection of Art on the Ave sculptures throughout the Slatterly Park Neighborhood.¬† As a host you get to define the theme for the sculpture, and that theme is then sent out as an RFP(request for proposal) to artist(s) who have a chance to make a bid on the design for the sculpture that will permanently get installed as a legacy art project known as Art on the Ave.¬† Below is a detailed list of host responsibilities and required written documentation.

 Art on the Ave Mission Statement:

Art on the Ave is a neighborhood initiative to promote the arts, to revitalize Slatterly Park with progressive beautification projects, and to foster conscientious community in SE downtown Rochester. Annually in May, Art on the Ave hosts a festival showcasing local artisans and art-based organizations, food, musicians, and fine arts performers. Our event welcomes all-comers and is committed to maintaining an environment without religious or political polarity. Through our efforts, we seek to champion creativity as a vehicle for peace, humanism, and prosperity.

 Please review the following send the required information listed below via EMAIL slatterlypark@gmail.com by September 18th to be considered as a 2016 Host.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

 Host Responsibilities

  1.  Be a homeowner in the Slatterly Park Neighborhood 
  2. Hold monthly meetings at your house starting in October leading up to event (you can help dictate night of week/time) and be able to accommodate an increase in meeting frequency during April/May as the event approaches.
  3. Be an active committee member in the planning & execution of the event, with the guidance of other experienced committee members, you must also able to dedicate 1-3 evenings the week before the event to set up/organize and actively participate the day of the event in cooperation with the AoA committee.
  4. Be willing to communicate with your neighbors on the block about the upcoming event, and act as a liaison. 
  5. Have available for committee members wine glasses, napkins, and provide something  delectable or homemade to share. The committee is a fun group and everyone brings an appetizer, or a  bottle of wine/beer to share, which makes us a fun foodie and craft beer/wine group.
  6. Be able to apply for a boulevard garden permit (free) from the City in advance of the event.
  7. Be able to prepare the boulevard area/permanent sculpture location in advance of the event, and coordinate utility clearances, before the garden area surrounding the sculpture is prepared, which is generally done the week of the event.

Required information to be submitted

  1. List your address, must be a Slatterly Park Resident (boundaries as defined)
  2. List past neighborhood involvement or volunteer work you have done in the Slatterly Park Neighborhood or in a past neighborhood you have lived in.
  3. A statement of why you would like to host Art on the Ave and your willingness to commit or level of commitment available during the year and the week leading up to the event.
  4. A proposed theme for the sculpture, if you get selected as the host (the theme guides the artist in the design of the sculpture)