Our Team

Friends of Mears Park is an all-volunteer sponsored nonprofit organization started in 1992 to care for and maintenance of Mears Park.


Mears Park continues to be a core for activities that celebrates life in the city.  Most notably The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Funk & Blues Fest, along with Thursday night’s music Lowertown Sounds and the Food Truck Festival.  But all that increased activity can be stressful on the park and gardens.  Approximately 50 Gardeners volunteer their time for planting, weeding, watering, and tending to their flower gardens.  Many spend their own money on additional plants for their garden plots. Funding supports the garden tools, equipment, signage, and spring plantings.  We have helped raise funds for tree replacement and repairs to the stream.  Each year we coordinate and help pay for holiday lighting including design, display, and maintenance. Annual weed control and fertilizing of the grass, and hanging baskets are paid for by Friends of Mears Park.

Board of Directors:

John Mannillo - Chairman

Lee Ann LaBore - Co-Chair and Community Outreach

Open - Secretary

Carole Conama - Co-coordinator

Larry Wick - Co-Coordinator

For tax purposes, Friends of Mears Park fiscal sponsor is Historic Saint Paul a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation EIN 41-1903550

In partnership with the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department


John Mannillo

Lee Ann LaBore

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Carole Conama

Larry Wick