WSCO Blog

Comment on the West Side Community Plan

This is a  public comment space for the most recent version of the 10 Year Comprehensive West Side Community Plan.  Please share your thoughts so that we can improve the plan as we move towards the final stage of this community process.

The page with our plan can be found here: http://wsco.org/?page_id=343

Thank you!

Volunteers Needed

Get a one day event pass for free AND help the environment.  Sounds pretty great, right?

Live Nation Entertainment and the City of Saint Paul are hosting River’s Edge Music Festival, a two-day event showcasing more than 30 artists on June 23 and 24 at historic Harriet Island.  The festival headliners are TOOL and the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.

River’s Edge is striving to ensure the incredible musical experience is only enhanced by its sustainability efforts before, during, and after the show. To do its part, the festival is offering comprehensive recycling efforts, food composting, water hydration stations, ride share to support carpooling, bicycle valet stations, shuttles to the island, and an area designed solely to engage music fans in diverse environmental and communal not-for-profit organizations.

WSCO is working to find 125 volunteers to staff these sustainability efforts.  There will be morning and afternoon shifts each day from 10am to 3pm and from 3pm to 8pm.

Sign up is first come first serve, but preference will be given to West Siders living in the 55107 zip code.  The deadline for signing up is May 23rd.  Spots will fill up fast.  When we meet our quota, we’ll send out an email with more information.  If you miss out and we do not have any volunteer spots still available, you will be added to our waiting list.

Thank you for your interest and support.  For more information, email Elena Gaarder elena@wsco.org.  Please no phone calls.

SIGN UP FORM

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More info on River’s Edge Music Festival:

http://www.riversedgemusicfestival.com/

West Side Music and Art Festival

Call for Artists!

A group of local artists, musicians, and community members have teamed up with WSCO to host the West Side Art and Music Festival, which will be held on Saturday, July 28th from 1-6 PM at Parque Castillo.  The event is being organized to showcase the amazing talent of West Side artists and highlight the rich cultural assets in the community.

There is space available for 50 West Side artists. We are also accepting applications from artists who have a strong connection to the West Side, including individuals who work in the community or used to be a resident. There is a $25 fee for each 10X10 exhibitor space ($30 if you need a table).  Student Discounts and some scholarships available.  Contact WSCO for more information.

Musicians interested in performing at the festival can also fill out this form (no fee required) or contact Lydia Nobello at lydia@wsco.org

Click here for Artist Application.

 

Signage Ordinance

On March 12th the Ramsey Tobacco  Coalition presented to WSCO on the new St. Paul signage ordinance.  The ordinance limits the amount of temporary signage that may be displayed in business windows.  You can find the official city ordinance here and a flyer explaining the new rules here.

“City of St Paul Window Signage Ordinance #11-32 Temporary Window Sign

“A temporary sign on the window or within 4 feet of a window and visible to the outside cannot cover more than 30% of the window space between 4 feet and 7 feet above the ground. Temporary signs cannot block the view into the cashier area.

“Only 50% of the sign area of temporary signs placed directly on the window that allow visibility between the letters will be counted toward the maximum window coverage. Temporary window signs that were in place on the effective date of the ordinance can remain, but must be relocated within 6 months so they do not block the view into the cashier area.”