Spotlight On Maplewood
Fire Chief Steve Lukin and Police Chief Paul Schnell as well as our Mayor and council members attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Maplewood Fire and Police Department South Station. The new station is located on the east side of McKnight Road south of Minnehaha Avenue on the 3M campus. It will include four truck bays, departmental offices, and a police substation. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2014.
The city of Maplewood and The Friends of Maplewood Nature and other groups sponsored the Go Solar event at the Maplewood Community Center. The event was very well attended with more that 80 guests as well as other presenters and venders. Todd Fink from Century Collage’s solar and renewable energy program gave a practical presentation on small home or cabin solar installations. Here are some clips from that day. Maplewood is a leader in solar energy and The maplewood Nature center has photovoltaic panels for several years now. The Nature center is a great asset to our community. You can take advantage of a full range of summer programs at the center.
The City of Maplewood has permanently protected 62 acres in the Fish Creek Natural Area, located in the southern portion of the city. Protecting this land will preserve wildlife habitat, provide public access to the bluff top, enhance access to existing county open space. The City and its primary partners, Ramsey County and The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, raised the $2.2 million needed. Generous donations from the Maplewood-based 3M Foundation, Friends of the Mississippi River and individual donors were provided. A Natural and Scenic Area grant from Department of Natural Resources as well as a grant from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund also made this conservation achievement possible.
After a long winter getting out in the great outdoors is a tonic for the soul.