Environment

Our goal

SAENA prioritizes a healthy environment for all residents in St. Anthony East.

We try to care for our environment however we can, and are committed to ensuring safety for all who reside in St. Anthony East for decades to come. Whether you enjoy the park or community garden—or choose to adopt a local storm drain—we’re here to support you as you enjoy the outdoors in St. Anthony East!

 

Community Commons Park

SAENA owns and maintains the property at the southwest corner of the intersection of Central Avenue and Broadway Street Northeast named Community Commons Park. The park is an important part of the neighborhood’s history and figures to be an important community resource in the future. We encourage children to enjoy the playground, or residents to walk their dogs across the open lawn and rolling hills.

The Community Commons Park site is accessible via stairs from Broadway Street down to Autumn Street and at grade via the Summer Street cul-de-sac between Central and Van Buren Street. Neighborhood volunteers manage a community garden just south of the park.

SAENA’s Park Committee oversees the creative placemaking and maintenance of Community Commons Park.

 

A path and pergola in a garden

Summer Street Garden

We’re proud to have a beautiful, organic community garden in St. Anthony East named Summer Street Garden. Our community garden is located at the east end of Summer Street in the cul-de-sac near Central Ave.

 

People garden; there are many plants and some trees

Adopt a Storm Drain!

About the program

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

 

How to care for your storm drain

Keep your drain clear

Sweep leaves, trash and other debris off the drain surface year round.

Track your impact

Keep an estimated total of the debris you collect and enter it into your online account so we can gauge the cumulative results of our work.

Lead by example

Let friends and neighbors know about your commitment and, if they ask, tell them about small things they can do at home to prevent water pollution.

Use the right tools

You might want these tools for cleaning your drain: a broom, a rake, a trash grabber, gloves, an orange cone and/or safety vest, a snow shovel or dustpan, and a pail or yard waste bag. (A rolling pail could be deluxe if you have one.)

 

Why Adopt a Drain?

Everyone knows that trash is no good for lakes and rivers, but many people unwittingly contribute to water pollution because they do not understand that “natural” debris—leaves, grass clippings, fertilizer, and pet waste—becomes pollution when it hits the water. When these natural pollutants break down, they become food for algae, causing it to grow out of control.

When you adopt a drain, you keep neighborhoods clean and protect local waterways.

Get involved

Join the Park Committee, get started in the Summer Street Garden, and learn more about how SAENA is supporting a healthy environment in St. Anthony East.

 

People plant seedlings in a bed of mulch

Follow SAENA Online

Join our vibrant community and meet other neighbors.

 

A group of people cheer while standing in a garden