Established 1931

DPIA

Desnoyer Park Improvement Association

Image: Neighborhood Tug-of-War at Town and Country Club during the 1917 St. Paul Winter Carnival

Our Mission

The Desnoyer Park Improvement Association (DPIA) was established in 1931. Its mission is to look out for the neighborhood’s interests, and contribute to projects & activities that help make the Desnoyer Park neighborhood a safe and healthy urban community across generations.

NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNICATION

DPIA coordinates communication with the neighborhood through the Desnoyer Park Newsletter that distributes to our email list. If you are not registered to receive that newsletter, sign up here. We also communicate events via the NextDoor and Facebook social media platforms. As always, we believe that a face-to-face conversation at the park or across the backyard fence still works best when possible!

Board Members

The DPIA is a small, volunteer board. DPIA holds elections at the annual late fall meeting for board positions. Any neighbor is welcome to join the board. You do not have to be a board member to join any of the DPIA quarterly meetings.

Board Meetings

The board typically meets quarterly at the Town and Country Club from 7- 8:30 pm, located at 300 N Mississippi River Blvd in St. Paul. However, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the board meets regularly via Zoom.

All neighbors are welcome at any meeting of the DPIA. Even if you don’t have a topic you want discussed at a meeting, the board encourages you to come to a meeting and just see what the DPIA does. If you would like to join a meeting, contact us and we will make sure you have the date/time and Zoom link. We hope to return to regularly scheduled in-person meetings spring of 2022.

FUNDRAISING & NEIGHBORHOOD DUES

DPIA collected annual neighborhood dues from the time of its formation until the late 2010s. The neighborhood organization then decided to ask neighbors to donate when they were able in any amount that was possible. Some neighbors continue the tradition of recurring contributions via PayPal, others contribute when they are skating at the rink and can scan the QR code on the rink donation signs, some make a one-time donation. Anything is great and goes towards broad neighborhood activities and improvements. When the board identifies a large expense in the future, it will try and fundraise specifically for that expense with a targeted fundraising event instead of holding a large balance in its fund for future expenses.