If you are interested in entering a sale on the Desnoyer Park spring garage sale list for Saturday, May 22nd , 9am -4pm and/or Sunday May 23rd, 9 am – 3 pm, sign up on THIS FORM and we will add your sale to the list on the Desnoyer Park website and we will send out the list of sales to the neighborhood via email the week prior.
Whether you missed or made it to the DPIA Halloween parade at the park, it was a great socially distanced gathering for kids, adults, and dogs alike. We are doing another parade at the park, but exchanging ghosts and goblins for rabbit ears and Easter headwear. Adults and kids are both welcome to create and wear an Easter hat and participate. Be creative. Hats, bonnets, bunny ears or anything else you can come up with.
The starting point will be on the sidewalk next to the Desnoyer Park Sign, near the building (Along the Pelham side). We will have a Cadbury Easter Egg for all kids participating.
3:30PM Saturday April 3rd at the park
Please sign up HERE if you are going to attend so we know how many easter treats to purchase
The Desnoyer Park Ice Rink is buzzing this winter. The ice is second to none and kept up by volunteer Joe Nedoroski (Ice Master) and his crew of neighbors along with our trusty old Desnoyer Park Zamboni. DPIA funds maintenance of the Zamboni completely through donations from the neighborhood.
Get out the skates and check out the rink if you haven’t already! Please make a donation to keep the rink going, and say thanks to the amazing volunteer crew keeping the rink in shape all winter.
Donate HERE via PayPal
Or drop off cash/check at 567 Cromwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104 (kiddy corner from the park).
Joe’s volunteer crew:
- Joe Nedoroski – Ice Master
- Marty Smith
- Kevin Curley
- Marc Litzenberg
- Adam E
Tuesday Oct. 27th, 7pm – Zoom Mtg
We welcome all neighbors to the Fall membership meeting that will take place via zoom this year due to COVID-19. You don’t have to be on the board or want to be on the board to attend any of our meetings, but especially this one! It’s just for neighbors who would like to voice ideas for how DPIA can improve the neighborhood.
We would also love for some new neighbors to join the DPIA board this Fall for the 2021 term. The board meets 4-5 times per year. Typically on a Tuesday evening at 7pm for about 1-1.5 hours maximum. We have met via Zoom since COVID-19, but otherwise meet in person at the Town and Country Club. DPIA is in charge of the annual picnic, fundraising for the ice rink, Bingo & Burritos this year, Desnoyer Park T-shirts and Hats, park programming and improvement, etc. We are always open to new ideas from neighbors.
At this meeting we will:
1) Elect the DPIA board for 2021 – if you are interested in a board position for 2021, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know ahead of time. There are no prerequisites other than being a resident or business in Desnoyer Park. Current board information is HERE.
2) Gather input from neighbors as to what they would like to see from dpia in 2021
3) Review any issues brought forward by neighbors
4) Gather ideas from neighbors and board members for projects/events in 2021 so we can apply for funding. hopefully 2021 will look more eventful than 2020 did.
Halloween is on Saturday this year, and we all could use a fun event.
DPIA is organizing a Socially Distanced Halloween Costume Parade, around Desnoyer Park, starting at 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 31st. This will be for both adults and kids dressed for the occasion.
There will be fun halloween music playing as we walk the perimeter. We can social distance as we circle the park, wearing protective face masks (maybe ones that match your costume). Halloween masks with nose/mouth cutouts are not sufficient.
DPIA will provide bags with candy for the kids attending. We would love, love, love donations of wrapped candy and wrapped small trinkets for these bags as well. Please drop them off at 607 Clifford St by Friday Oct 30th. Kids can pick them up at the end of the parade (bags will be for those 16 years and younger).
Kids from the neighborhood could make Halloween decorations to hang on the fencing (to be put up that day and of course removed at the end of the party. Everyone would be responsible for the placing and removal of your decoration.
Some fun Halloween flashlights or noise makers, that kids normally use for trick or treating would also be welcomed as it would just add to the festivities.
Please arrive early and get in line before the parade starts at 3:30 PM. The starting point will be on the sidewalk next to the Desnoyer Park sign, near the building (along the Pelham side). We will mark the sidewalk to indicate where your family should stand to wait for the parade to begin.
Please come and have fun with you neighbors, winter is just around the corner so we need to make some good times now.
You must RSVP using the link below.
RSVP HERE: Required to participate https://forms.gle/6MVC49Ea54npXHme8
When: Saturday August 29th, 2020 from 6pm-8pm
Where: Desnoyer Park Field
What to bring: a beverage, something to sit on, lucky pen/marker for BINGO, a mask, hand sanitizer, bug spray, knowledge of the safety rules below.
Food reservations have ended, but you are welcome to still join us with your own food and beverage for bingo!
In light of COVID-19, the Desnoyer Park Improvement Association (DPIA) has decided to cancel the 2020 annual Desnoyer Park picnic this summer. Instead, DPIA has put together a socially-distanced BINGO night at the park with prizes and individually-wrapped food in late summer. The event is subject to local COVID-19 trends and weather (see cancellation info below).
Who: Any adults and kids that can obey social distancing requirements, wear a mask except while eating, and abide by the safety requirements below.
Food/Beverages: Individually wrapped burritos from El Norteño Restaurant will be available for contactless pickup at the event for those who RSVP’d on the food form. Napkins will be provided. There will be no flatware available. Individually wrapped cookies will be provided from Seward Co-Op. Neighbors must bring their own beverages. You are welcome to bring your own picnic food if you did not order burritos.
Bingo: We will have many rounds of BINGO with gift certificate prizes we have purchased from, and to support, our local businesses. You need to bring your own marker/pen to mark your BINGO card. DPIA will provide the cards.
Event Cancellation: Any event cancellation will be posted here on the Desnoyer Park website, on the Facebook page, and sent out to the Desnoyer Park newsletter group via email no later than 10am on the day of the event. The event is subject to cancellation based on weather or local COVID-19 trends.
Social Distancing/COVID-19 Guidelines:
- Neighbors attending must attest to not have any symptoms of COVID-19 including: cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches/headache, change in taste sensation, new fatigue. Neighbors must not have had contact with anyone who has been sick with symptoms above, nor contact with anyone with known or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
- Cloth or paper masks are required for everyone, including children of all ages to be worn over mouth and nose at all times except when you are in your marked family circles on the field. If you do not have a mask, and DPIA has run out of their limited supply, you will be asked to leave and return once you have a mask. Expect to be asked by a board member or neighbor to put your mask back on if you are wandering without it.
- Hand sanitizer is required. Please bring your own bottle for your family. Anyone approaching the front tables for prizes must have their mask fully in place and use hand sanitizer prior.
- Children will be required to remain socially distanced and supervised by a parent at all times. The park equipment will be closed.
- 8-10 ft. spacing rings will be marked w/ grass-safe paint on the grassy outfield sitting area. Family units/individuals should pick a circle upon arrival and not mix rings during the event. Neighbors are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on in their circle as no tables/chairs will be provided.
Rescheduled for Tuesday 7/23/2019, 6p-8p at the park
This annual event is fun for the kids, engages the neighborhood in improvement projects, and provides a fun venue for neighbors to get to know each other and catch up. If you have a new neighbor, please invite them to the picnic and forward this email to them.
FOOD & ICE CREAM: Due to our picnic funding being cut in half this year, we are unable to supplement the food costs as we have done for many years. We will still have a food truck available (see menu below – vegetarian option available), but the costs on the menu will be your actual cost this year. Please bring a picnic if you don’t want to buy food from the food truck. Bark and the Bite is a new local restaurant in the neighborhood that was kind enough to come without a minimum guarantee. We will still have free Izzy’s Ice Cream as in year’s past provided by DPIA. Water and lemonade will be provided by Town and Country Club.
DESNOYER PARK APPAREL: We are bringing back the most popular old classic T-shirt design and colors this year (see the image above), and adding a baseball cap to the available swag for purchase. T-shirts will be $10 for kids and $15 for adultsizes. Hats will be $15. We will also have the previous year’s design available at a discounted price of $5 while supplies last.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD RAFFLE: We will have raffle items from many local businesses again this year. Pick up your free (1-per person) raffle ticket at the DPIA table.
FOOD SHELF DONATIONS: Please bring an item or two to donate to our local food shelf – Keystone. There will be collection bins at the picnic for you to drop off your donations.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS:
- Bouncy House, Climbing Wall, Dunk Tank
- Baron of Bubbles
- Face Painting and Balloon Sculptures by the Amazing Scott
AT THE DPIA TABLE:
- Raffle tickets (free) and Ice Cream tickets (free)
- We will have a neighborhood census board to fill in some information about our neighborhood
- We will have some Pelham and Park brainstorming boards to gather neighborhood input on streets and park improvements
IN CASE OF RAIN/STORMS, please check the Desnoyer Park Facebook page, Nextdoor, or this website on the day of the event for updates. Any cancellation of the picnic will be posted no later than 1pm on the day of the picnic.
The picnic scheduled for Tuesday 7/9/19 will be postponed due to weather. The picnic is rescheduled for Tuesday 7/23/19 from 6-8pm at the park. See you there! Details HERE
Town and Country Club has notified us that they will again put on a large fireworks show for their membership and the neighborhood starting at dark on July 3rd, 2019. This show was visible from most of the neighborhood last year. In conjunction with the show, Otis will be closed to traffic between Pelham Blvd. and Marshall Ave. Enjoy the show!
The DPIA communicates to neighbors using this this website, NextDoor, a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/desnoyerPark, and an email newsletter. Some have indicated that they do not have access to a computer, and as such unable to see our postings. We are willing to mail the newsletter to anyone who wants it delivered that way.
If you know of a neighbor who would want this, please send us their name and address. You can email the information to dpiaBoard@gmail.com.