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October 5, 2005
Media Advisory

Saint Paul's Wacouta Commons neighborhood

dedicates a new park on Sunday, October 9

Since 2000, this neighborhood has been transformed from a collection of parking lots to a selection of residential housing options, and now, a neighborhood with its own park.

In the past several years, the part of Saint Paul previously known at the North Quadrant has been transformed from a collection of parking lots to a neighborhood that is home to approximately  500 residents, multiple housing options (including eight Habitat for Humanity Homes) and now, its own park.  On Sunday, October 9, the Wacouta Commons Neighborhood gathers at the completed Wacouta Commons Park to celebrate.


Wacouta Commons Park Dedication Sunday, October 9

12:30 p.m.:  Music by an ensemble from McNally Smith College

12:45 p.m.:  Park dedication ceremony led by pastors of the neighboring churches, joined by Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly and Bob Bierscheid, Director of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

1:00 p.m.:  Community bulb planting. 

Noon to 6 p.m.:  Loft Model Open House at Printer's Row, the newest residential building in the neighborhood


  • Homeowners and apartment dwellers in the developing Wacouta Commons Neighborhood
  • Leaders and members of first Baptist and Saint Mary's churches, both of which neighbor the park
  • Representatives of CapitolRiver Council; the City of Saint Paul's Parks and Recreation Department and Lander Sherman Urban Development who collaborated with the neighborhood to design and develop the park


Wacouta Commons Park, bordered on the north by Ninth Street, on the east by Wacouta Street, on the south by Eighth Street and on the west by Sibley Street


Park Features

  • Green Space
  • Children’s Play Area
  • Fountain
  • Pergola
  • Dog Run


Lander Sherman Urban Development first broke ground on the Wacouta Commons neighborhood in the fall of 2000.  The idea of having the Wacouta Commons community centered on green space was part of the vision from the beginning.   

Wacouta Common Park grew out of a collaborative community effort involving the neighborhood, coordinated through the Capitol River Council; the City of Saint Paul’'s Parks and Recreation Department and Lander Sherman Urban Development, the developer who designed and constructed new housing and retail space in the new neighborhood. 

The area has a rich history as one of Saint Paul's upscale residential neighborhoods and later as an architecturally significant warehouse district, before it became primarily a small collection of surface parking lots for downtown workers.

The project partners involved with the Wacouta Commons Park include the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation, City of St. Paul Public Works and the Metropolitan Council.  Lander Sherman is donating a plaque for the park's entrance.

Today, the Wacouta Commons Neighborhood includes the following residential housing.

  • Essex on the Park and Dakota brownstone condominiums

  • Sibley Park and Sibley Court apartments

  • Lyons Court Senior Apartments

  • 9th Street Lofts

  • Printer's Row condominiums – model now open, 50% sold

A collection of neighborhood-based retailers is also part of the mix. 

For further information on Wacouta Commons neighborhood ownership housing go to

A neighborhood celebration and park dedication are being planned for 12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 9 (ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m.). Pastors from the neighboring churches will lead a blessing and project stakeholders will officially dedicate the park and add it to the City of Saint Paul’s extensive roster of city parks. The loft model at the new Printer’s Row condominium development 1⁄2-block from the park will also hold an open house from noon-6:00 p.m. Further details about the event can be found at and


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