Lower Phalen Creek Project

Strategic Plan, finalized 2016



LPCP Strategic Plan Narrative


GOAL: Organizational leadership and decision making reflect the community

To fulfill our mission of strengthening the East Side and Lowertown St. Paul communities, we must reflect the demographics of that community.

Key Strategies:

  • Include diverse community members in leadership and volunteer activities: Mentor younger members, cultivate new leadership, and increase diversity and involvement of volunteers through community engagement and new partnerships.

  • Use stakeholder perspectives to shape decisions: Continually gather and employ stakeholder input on plans and outcomes.

GOAL: LPCP is financially sustainable

To achieve this goal, we will develop and/or grow a variety of revenue streams that will support staff, programming, general operations, and capital projects.


  • Raise money (key strategy): Supporting strategies include increasing outreach and visibility, building awareness of the value of LPCP’s work, implanting a development plan, and regularly assessing and adjusting that plan.
  • Implement Wakan Tipi Center capital campaign: As defined through community engagement, finalize a case statement and seek private financial support for the design and construction of Wakan Tipi Center.

GOAL: Community members are active stewards of local parks and trails

A strong community cares about and for its public green and open water spaces. We facilitate and promote opportunities to develop community stewards, as well as cultivate the collaboration between them.

Key Strategies:

  • Use stakeholder perspectives to shape decisions: Establish and maintain a direct connection between those who care about parks and trails, and the decisions made about those resources.
  • Cultivate community stewards: As part of events, programming, and outreach, include components that promote involvement both independently and as part of future volunteer efforts.
  • Facilitate cultural connections to land and water: Deepen understanding and care of parks and trails through cultural programming that celebrates and appreciates differing perspectives on nature.
  • Connect people to nature: Bring community members to parks and trails who do not normally have the opportunity or inclination to do so. Make safety improvements, advocate for Mississippi River connections, and promote trail activities.
  • Provide environmental education: Through programming and outreach, deepen knowledge and appreciation of urban ecology, water quality, plants and wildlife, and other environmental issues.

GOAL: Community members embrace our collective cultural heritage

To truly care about and for our shared green and open spaces, community members must also care about one another. We work with many partners to promote understanding of our diverse cultures and thereby acceptance and respect for one another.

Key Strategies:

  • Facilitate cultural connections to land and water: Support or provide cultural experiences that connect to the natural environment.
  • Promote multicultural and multiracial attendance, focusing particularly on communities of color.
  • Work in partnership with Dakota and cultural community stakeholders: LPCP will nurture trusting relationships and be guided by members of the Dakota and cultural communities in developing programs and events to include diverse perspectives.

GOAL: The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is a vibrant, wild urban park

We work with partners to ensure the ecological health of the sanctuary, as a regional attraction and hub of local parks and trails.

Key Strategies:

  • Community members are active stewards of local parks and trails: Develop volunteer opportunities that not only encourage stewardship and respectful use of the sanctuary, but also directly maintain the ecological health of the sanctuary.
  • Make BVNS the model for environmental education and urban ecology: Leverage the sanctuary's unique location, size, and cultural value to strengthen its programming and ecological assets as well as improve the ecological health of the area.
  • Operate BVNS/WTC as a regional and national resource: Expand geographically the visibility of the sanctuary through enhanced connections to other parks, Dakota interests, and the sanctuary as a model of community action.
  • Provide environmental education: Promote responsible park use and conservation behavior through engaging public programming.

GOAL: Wakan Tipi Center is a recognized, respected, indigenous place-based interpretive center

With ongoing guidance and collaboration from Dakota and other cultural communities, we work to operate the Wakan Tipi Center as a community gathering place that enhances cultural understanding, celebrates rich indigenous and immigrant history, honors its Dakota sacred site, and serves as an asset to the community ecologically, economically, and educationally.

Key Strategies:

  • Use stakeholder perspectives to shape decisions: Continually seek involvement from those who care about and/or are affected by the operation of the Wakan Tipi Center.
  • Provide cultural education: Honestly and accurately interpret the cultural history of the site. Deliver indigenous-center curriculum while also offering additional cultural programming.
  • Work in partnership with Dakota and cultural community stakeholders: With special emphasis on Dakota and the sacred nature of the sanctuary, routinely gather feedback and involve cultural stakeholders in decisions relating to the Wakan Tipi Center.
  • Increase our multicultural proficiency: Include in decision making processes the members of cultural communities. As part of all organizational activities, work towards greater cultural awareness.
  • Operate BVNS/WTC as a regional and national resource: Reach out beyond the service area to ensure WTC meets the interests and needs of all who care about the sanctuary, Wakan Tipi cave, and the connectedness they offer to the greater parks and trails systems.