We’re here for Highland!

The Highland District Council’s mission is to foster opportunities for the people that live, learn, work and play in Highland Park to engage and connect with neighbors, businesses and local government and to help build a more vibrant, welcoming, and safe neighborhood.

As District 15 of 17 Councils, Highland District Council is recognized by the City of St. Paul as the official voice of citizen participation in our community. Highland is comprised of 12 grids represented by residents, businesses, representatives, and/or education and faith-based representatives. Together we build community through events, provide resources, and help to shape the future of Highland. Find your Grid here.

We aspire to be a neighborhood that welcomes all, where members feel safe and empowered to participate in decisions that impact them. We are Highland Together: Many Communities, One Neighborhood. Read the Highland District Council’s Equity Plan, adopted in 2020 and revised in 2023.

District Council Role and Purpose

District councils are each involved in work to improve the physical, social and economic structures in their neighborhood.  District councils rely on community-building activities and events as the basis for convening residents to become involved in their neighborhood. These include neighborhood forums, festivals, parades and block parties.  For more information about Saint Paul District Councils go to: https://www.stpaul.gov/residents/live-saint-paul/neighborhoods/district-councils/district-council-faq 

The Highland District Council is involved in:  

  • Community Engagement Events for new and established residents 
  • Home Improvement Fair
  • Taste of Highland
  • Highland Park Stage – Jazz Fest
  • Garage Fest
  • Movies and Music in the Park
  • Citywide Drop Off Events
  • Music at the Highland Pool House
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Winter Party at the Community Center 
  • HDC Annual Meeting/Open House
  • Pedestrian Safety/Education 
  • Neighborhood enhancements 
  • National Night Out
  • Block Clubs and Crime Prevention Education

About Highland Park 

Highland is a small town in the city.  The neighborhood is in the Southwest corner of Saint Paul, surrounded by the Mississippi River on the South and West with Randolph Avenue on the North and 35 E to the East. All of Highland Park is in the 55116 zip code.  It includes the Highland Village area and the West 7th/Sibley Plaza area. 

Read the Highland Park District 15 Plan, adopted by the City of St. Paul in 2019, which provides a 10-year vision with objectives and strategies to guide growth, investment and development in the neighborhood.

River trails and falls along the Mississippi River, along with Hidden Falls and Crosby Park, provide ample opportunity for biking, hiking and walking wooded trails and paths.  You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, shop at numerous stores or go to a movie at the Highland Theatre (one of two remaining movie theatres in Saint Paul).  

Housing in Highland includes rentals, condos and single family homes dating from the 1920’s and 30’s as well as more contemporary residences.  In addition, there many houses of worship, public and private schools, both a recreation and aquatics center, library and golf course within reach from all parts of the neighborhood.  We are also home to Circus Juventas and the historic Highland Water Tower. Highland is also fortunate to have access to public transit via multiple routes that connect to all areas of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.    

Get Involved 

The Highland District Council is a volunteer driven organization with residents contributing to our success in many different ways.  From serving on our board or a committee, assisting with an event we sponsor to attending a committee or board meeting you are helping Highland be a great neighborhood. If you are interested in learning more about the District Council and how you can get involved contact us at [email protected] or at 651-695-4005. What does an HDC Board member do? We can’t do it without you!

Board and committee meetings are open to the community. If you have a specific concern that you would like to have addressed, please contact the Highland District Council office.

Highland District Council board members are elected by residents at our annual meeting in the spring. Learn more about the role of a board member here.