District 10 Como Community Council

Como Community Council

District 10 Sub-District MapDistrict 10 is one of Saint Paul’s 17 neighborhood community councils. We represent the Como Park neighborhood, bounded generally by Snelling to the west, Larpenteur to the north, Dale to the east, and the rail lines south of Energy Park Drive to the south (map). The District 10 Como Community Council is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by members of the community.
Mission Statement
We connect and empower each other, creating a compassionate community, courageously addressing injustices of the past and present, and forging a bold and inclusive future.
Vision Statement
A vibrant, diverse, affordable neighborhood filled with a spirit of kindness and belonging.

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Pedestrian safety is one focus of the Como Community Council.

How We Operate

The Como Community Council is not part of City government. We are not part of any political party. We are an independent, nonprofit organization. We are accountable to our neighbors, and run by a 17-member board of volunteers elected by our neighbors.

We go out of our way to be more inclusive. That means we are constantly expanding which issues (and whose issues) become priorities. When we do things right, we reflect the desires of the full richness of our community: renters, homeowners, businesses, local institutions, and neighbors regardless of how they identify themselves, how old they are, how they get around, or how deep their roots are in Como or in Saint Paul.

Como Community Meetings

The Como Community Council has three standing committees: Environment, Land Use, and Neighborhood Relations. The committees oversee initiatives and events that come out of brainstorming by members or arise directly from neighbors. Committee business is discussed at two monthly Community Meetings which are open to ALL community members. 

First Wednesdays at 7pm

The first Wednesday of every month typically hosts our Environment and Neighborhood Relations committee topics for discussion and planning, as well as guest presentations related to those issues. Occasionally time sensitive Land Use and Board/Organizational items are included on the agenda as well. These meetings are open to the public and are offered hybrid in-person at the Como Streetcar Station (1224 Lexington Parkway) as well as on zoom. Agendas are posted on our website homepage as well as shared in our Weekly Newsletter the Friday prior to the meeting.

Environment Committee (1st Wednesdays)

This committee oversees environmental protections and sustainability initiatives in the community, especially those affecting Como Lake. Members helped set up the Capitol Region Watershed District, the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom, and the food scraps recycling site on Beulah Ln. It frequently sponsors educational opportunities on topics such as composting, pollinator habitat, and eco-friendly yard care.

Neighborhood Relations Committee (1st Wednesdays)

These committee members deal with fun stuff (such as our annual Ice Cream Social and other community events) and not-so-fun stuff (such as crime prevention and safety). This is the committee that oversees outreach to new community members, members who are not as connected to the neighborhood as they could be, and develops the tools to help us all build stronger neighborhood cohesion.

Third Tuesdays at 7pm

The third Tuesday of every month typically hosts our Land Use committee and Board/Organizational topics for discussion and planning, as well as guest presentations related to those issues. Occasionally time sensitive Environment and Neighborhood Relations items are included on the agenda as well. These meetings are open to the public and are offered hybrid in-person at the Como Streetcar Station (1224 Lexington Parkway) as well as on zoom. Agendas are posted on our website homepage as well as shared in our Weekly Newsletter the Friday prior to the meeting.

Land Use Committee (3rd Tuesdays)

As the title suggests, this committee handles the nitty-gritty issues of zoning, development proposals, and how they affect the neighborhood. Housing, transportation, relations with institutions, park use, licenses, and variance requests are among the topics these committee members deal with. Land Use also oversees ongoing efforts to address the impacts the State Fair and other large events have on the residential character of the neighborhood.

D10 Board Meetings (3rd Tuesdays)

The D10 Board meets monthly and approves committee actions and handles other organizational business and discussions.

Special Projects

When the need arises, the Council creates short-term work groups or ad-hoc committees to focus exclusively on specific issues facing the neighborhood, or to develop ideas that arise from community members.

*Meeting times subject to change, please check the D10 Calendar for the latest information.

Como Community Council Office

Como Park Tree Trek - Sat. June 22 - 10am-Noon

The D10 Environment Committee hosts Tree Treks where community members can learn how to identify and appreciate the multitude of different tree species living in Como Park. Volunteer tree expert Stephanie Mirocha is our fabulous second-generation Tree Trek guide (her father was the original Tree Trek Guide). Upcoming Tree Trek events will be posted here (Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get Como Neighborhood news in your inbox).

This walking tour will be led by Minnesota Master Naturalist Stephanie Mirocha. She will provide fascinating facts, uses, and histories of many of the diverse tree species in the park. 

Dress for walking and the weather and meet between the Butterfly Parking Lot and the Labyrinth (adjacent to the Labyrinth – on the west side of Lexington Parkway near the pedestrian bridge).

Self-Guided Tree Identification Trek

In addition to the planned events each year, the Tree Trek program has also created and installed 42 Tree Tags on 39 species of trees around Como Park. 

The Environment Committee of the Como Community Council, as part of its educational activity, has organized a self-guided, pictorial tree identification program. Our intention is to introduce Como Park users to the variety of interesting tree flora in the park, some of which are quite unique. Understanding some of our tree species will lead to a greater appreciation of the botanical treasures found in the park. The location of each tree can be found on the Google Map (embedded below) or on the printable PDF map to the right.

The original Tree Trek was created in 2011 by committee member Chet Mirocha. A decade later (after Chet’s passing), his daughter Stephanie revived the Trek. The number of trees that are identified was doubled in 2021, and expanded again in 2022 and 2023.

Meet the Trees