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History and future_of_como_park

  1. 1. Como Park 347 Acres of Urban Bliss By Jennifer R. Edlund
  2. 2. Where is Como Park? Hamline University Como Park 384 Acres
  3. 3. Getting the Park Started <ul><li>In 1872 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 commissioners were appointed to purchase between 500 and 650 acres of land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Had to be within a convenient distance from down town St. Paul </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In 1873 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City of St. Paul attained 300 acres of land on the shores of Lake Como. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Land was originally used as farmland </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Land was purchased with private money for $100,000. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some people were upset that such valuable land was going to be ‘wasted’ as a park. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>In 1887 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land had changed hands many times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally, it became a landscape park for “physical and moral sanitation” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Getting the Park Started <ul><li>Late 1880’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Victoria Water Platters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1894 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gates Ajar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1897 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 deer were given as a gift. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These were the Como Zoo until 1900. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Then Elk, Fox and Cebu Cattle were added </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>In 1915 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 ‘buffalo’ were added </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>gifts from Lt. Gov. Thomas Franklin </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Early History <ul><li>1904 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Japanese Garden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nov 7 th , 1915 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Como Park Conservatory Opened </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1930’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trolley Car’s made it possible to easily access the park at this time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>That changed in the 1950 when GM purchased the Tracks and ripped them up. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st major construction of the zoo. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1936 fire place erected in honor of poet Joyce Kilmer </li></ul></ul>Trees Trees Trees Trees
  6. 6. Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer <ul><li>I think that I shall never see </li></ul><ul><li>A poem as lovely as a tree. </li></ul><ul><li>A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. </li></ul>
  7. 7. More Recent History <ul><li>1956 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Archie Brand’s Seal Show Opened at Como Zoo </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1957 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Director of the Zoo arrived, John A. Fletcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Had a limited budget of about $30,000 a year! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1974 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Como Park Conservatory was placed on the National Register of Historic Places </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1978 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Nagasaki, Japan (St. Paul’s Sister City) gave a garden design as a gift. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funds to build it were donated by the Ordway family. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>completed in 1979 and renovated again in 1991 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. More Recent History <ul><li>1998 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Bonding passed $8,500,000 for Como Education Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Resource Center Opens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Victoria Water Platters return to the Park </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Tropical Encounters exhibit opened </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early April  Corpse flower bloomed </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Restoring an urban forest Restoring local history Restoring a child’s sense off wonder Restoring connections to nature
  10. 10. Location of Como Woodland Horton Ave. Como Ave. Como Woodland
  11. 11. Project’s Goals <ul><li>Improve native species diversity in woodland </li></ul><ul><li>Save historic features </li></ul><ul><li>Increase storm water retention </li></ul><ul><li>Improve student understanding of environmental science </li></ul><ul><li>Improve stewardship behaviors </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Build 2,930 feet of trails </li></ul><ul><li>Put up 50 numbered posts that correspond with online lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Restore Joyce Kilmer Fireplace “Dutch Ovens” and adapted into a meeting place and story circle </li></ul>What are they going to do?
  13. 14. <ul><li>“ As an environmental education organization, the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) is committed to fostering environmental literacy and stewardship. Critical to our mission are the outdoor classroom spaces that offer urban K-12 students opportunities to study, explore and understand the natural world that supports human culture. The Como Woodland restoration project would offer a unique opportunity for students to not only study the natural world, but participate in bringing a natural system back to health through the best practices of service learning and place-based education.” </li></ul>Peggy Knapp Assistant Professor, Center for Global Environmental Education
  14. 15. For more information go to… <ul><li>http://www.comowoodland.org </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>For more information about Como Park go to… </li></ul><ul><li>www.comozooconservatory.org </li></ul><ul><li>Check out… </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival </li></ul><ul><li>(August 19 th ) </li></ul><ul><li>Skiing at Como Park </li></ul><ul><li>(all winter) </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Flower Show </li></ul><ul><li>(late March –Late April) </li></ul><ul><li>Birth of Coffee Photo Exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>(March through Mid-May) </li></ul><ul><li>Party for the Planet </li></ul><ul><li>(April 19 th – April 22 nd ) </li></ul>
  16. 17. Sources <ul><li>Como Woodland ; www.comowoodland.org ; viewed April 12 th , 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Como Park Zoo and Conservatory ; http:// www.comozooconservatory.org / ; Viewed April 12 th 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Ramsey County Historical Society: Como Park Neighborhood ; http:// www.rchs.com/neighborhoods/como_neighborhood.htm , copyright 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Street Car Museum ; http://www.msmuseum.org/ ; Viewed April 16 th , 2008. </li></ul>

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