Standish and Ericsson, north and east of Lake Hiawatha from Cedar Avenue to Hiawatha, and from 36th Street down to Minnehaha Parkway, have small well-kept stucco bungalows and one and a half story expansions with details like natural woodwork, hardwood floors and built-in buffets. There are new houses in the redevelopment area along Hiawatha Avenue, on the eastern edge of the neighborhoods. Hiawatha Park and public golf course, 612-724-7715, offers swimming, walking, and biking in the summer and groomed cross-country ski trails in winter. Sibley Field, off 40th Street, has a children's playground, sledding hill, and hockey and skating rinks. If you're interested in this part of town, be sure to check out the Standish-Ericsson Web site, (see below), which contains many photographs and information about churches, schools and garden clubs. Access to St. Paul is easy over the Ford Bridge, and the LRT corridor along the east side of these two neighborhoods.
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