Friday, November 05, 2010

Sandy Robinson, East Hillside Neighborhood Hero

For over 30 years, Sandy Robinson has been an involved member of the Hillside community. A founding member of what became the Hillsider newspaper, Sandy is also a member of the East Hillside Community Club, a founding leader of Campus Neighbors, a member of the Hillfest Planning Committee, past President of the Board of Directors at Neighborhood Housing Services, and a participant in countless neighborhood planning initiatives and studies. Overall, Sandy is well known and respected throughout Duluth as a strong leader of the Hillside community.

Sandy moved to the East Hillside in 1979, renting an apartment overlooking Portland Square. A single parent and licensed foster parent, she worked part time and received partial public assistance. After a few years, Sandy began working full time, bought the triplex she was renting in, and got involved with Hillside community efforts. She operated the Portland Square water fountain for years, resolving conflicts in the park and handing out ice cream cones on hot days. After 25 years, Sandy moved four blocks away with her husband, Paul. She recently retired from a long career as a St. Louis County social worker.

In an effort to beautify an East Hillside park, Portland Square, Sandy coordinated a Community Development Block Grant application and arranged for the trees that now tower above this revitalized park, as well as a “Tot Lot” playground for young children. As landlord of several Hillside properties, including her original triplex, Sandy has worked to set an example of excellence in rental properties.

Over the years, Sandy has served on the School District’s Desegregation Advisory Committee, the Hillside Business Association, the East Hillside Community Club, the Head Start Policy Committee, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, the Planning District 6 Neighborhood Coalition, and the Neighborhood Moms Potluck Club.