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This week I went to a park close to the Community Center that I drive by just about every day.  Maple Lakes Park has a very different feel to it in that it is very wide open without a lot of tree cover or any woods surrounding it. If you have a group of friends that love playing capture the flag as much as I do this would be the prime place to play! There is a lot of land to play games on including a soccer and baseball field. There is a nice little play ground with great new equipment right in the middle and wonderful trails go right around. Maple Lakes also has a nice basketball court next to the playground with a good court surface and nice hoops.

Even though this park is surrounded by neighborhoods and roads there was a tone of wildlife in it! Out of all of the parks I have seen so far this one had the most wildlife with frogs, ducks, and other critters I don’t even know what toMaple Lakes Playground call. I found 3 little furry things swimming around in one of the 3 ponds out there, maybe a little beaver or something else but they were cute!! I think this is one of my favorite parks so far, just be sure to bring some sunscreen if it’s a hot sunny day because there are some small trees but not much shade will be there until they grow a little more.

Check out our Parks & Trails webpage for great details on all our parks and trails!

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This week I going to talk about the first park I ever went to in Maple Grove this past winter. Kerber Park is a great park to visit year round! In the winter there are two very nice hockey rinks with a warming house. I didn’t grow up in this arctic tundra climate so I never had an outdoor skate rink and I have to say they are pretty darn cool, but I am only going out to one when no one else is around and can see me fall 100 times! So in the middle of September when it is already -20 degrees you can grab your skates and head over to Kerber Park.

Now that the yucky winter talk is over there is a tone of stuff to do in the few summer months we get in this great state! There are 2 baseball fields if you have a group that wants to play some ball or watch little league teams play machine pitch out there. If you are a tennis player or into the new fad of pickle ball there are 2 courts with lines for either sport. There is a nice playground with  half of a basketball court right next to it. There is also a nice little walking trail that goes around a small pond. Overall this is a nice little park with a great location right off of Elm Creek Blvd. If you have not checked this park out I highly recommend you do!

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Community Service Job Openings for the City of Maple Grove

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Do you want to serve your community? The City of Maple Grove has a number of job openings to give back to your community which can be found on the Job Opportunities link on our website. Among the positions offered, we are currently looking for Paid-On-Call Firefighters, with an application deadline of 8/1/14, and Police Reserve Officer, a volunteer position with an application deadline of 8/31/14.

Because of the upcoming elections, we are also looking for Election Judges. Election judges are responsible for administering election procedures in each polling place on Election Day. Serving as an election judge is a great opportunity to serve your community and to be involved in the election process. Additionally, the need exists to establish a new generation of poll workers to offset those who have served for years and are retiring their positions.
Election Judge Requirements:
• You must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
• You must be able to read, write and speak English
• You cannot be a spouse, parent, child or sibling of any election judge serving in the same precinct or of any candidate at that election
The City of Maple Grove provides training for all election judges. This training is mandatory and is approximately 2-3 hours. You will be paid for the training session.

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please call the Maple Grove Election Line at 763-494-6498 or you can find the Election Judge Application on the City’s website at www.maplegrovemn.gov.

 

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2014 Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training

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2014 Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training

July 10th, 2014 Maple Grove, Minnesota …It seemed like a very long and cold winter, but that didn’t stop this year’s group of Maple Grove apprentice firefighters from completing their initial qualification training.

Maple Grove participates in a shared services model for training new firefighters to respond to emergencies in our community. Maple Grove recruits, along with new firefighters from several other area fire departments, attend training covering fire response and hazardous materials emergencies. Each year, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Golden Valley, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District host a Fire Training Academy that allows trainees to participate in classroom and hands-on activities that meet nationally recognized firefighter standards. New firefighters then put their learning to the test by completing firefighter certification administered by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board.

Minnesota has a long history of dedicated citizens providing fire and emergency response to their community as part of the hometown fire department. Many times residents do not realize that most communities in Minnesota, including much of Hennepin County, are served by fire departments staffed by volunteer or part-time firefighters. Maple Grove has a long tradition of staffing our fire department with a group of dedicated citizens who provide fire and emergency response. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Bush notes, “When you call 911 you expect help to come quickly. Sometimes people are surprised to find out that the firefighters coming to help them are also their neighbors. They are even more surprised when they hear that we hire new firefighters with no previous experience and provide them the firefighting and emergency medical training they need”.

Providing emergency response to the community requires people, equipment and training. It can be expensive and working with neighboring fire departments can help keep costs down. Shared services like an internal fire academy allows multiple departments to come together with their neighbors to share the time and expense of training new fire recruits. It also allows students a chance to work with the people, tools, and fire vehicles they will use when they complete their initial training. Assistant Chief Bush states, “We are really fortunate to have some really talented instructors working with our new firefighters. This allows us to take advantage of people that truly are subject matter experts for each section of the training we provide. Our training is second to none and it helps hold down costs for each of the departments involved. “

In 2014, recruits from Maple Grove attended training with new firefighters from seven departments in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. They attended either morning or evening classes, depending on their available time. According to Fire Chief Scott Anderson, “The majority of our firefighters also work full-time. They have jobs and families, so we need to be able to provide training that fits into the schedules of their lives. We especially need people who can respond during the daytime.”

Maple Grove is currently accepting applications to find the next group of new apprentice firefighters. Although the fire department has openings for both day and night available responders, the biggest challenge in Maple Grove is finding people that are available during the day time. Fire Chief Scott Anderson says, “We need to find the people that are home during the daytime and can respond quickly if we have an emergency in the city. We’ll train you and we’ll challenge you and we’ll keep it fun.”

Applications are accepted through Friday, August 1st, 2014. Information can be found at www.MGFire.info.

Contact:
Tim Bush – Assistant Fire Chief
Maple Grove Fire Department
763-494-6303

http://www.MGFire.info

tbush@maplegrovemn.gov

2014 Maple Grove Fire Academy Graduates

2014 Maple Grove Fire Department Graduates

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Intern Park Tour

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This week I am going a little bit off of the normal “park” tour, although once a year I would consider Maple Grove Days to be an amazing park to visit! The Maple Grove Community Organization puts on a wonderful community festival like I have never seen before.   Maple Grove Days was July 9 – 13, but I am going to talk about the events held on Saturday, July 12th.  The Community Festival on July 12th  was held at the Maple Grove Community Center, Town Green and all along Main Street and it is a great spot to hold all of the festivities and walking around you got to see so much. There was free entertainment all day at the Town Green and on stage in the Community Center parking lot, there were games and inflatable rides all over!  Food vendors ranged from a corn feed, corn dogs, Mexican, Italian and so much more…  There was a classic car show any guy would love and a art fair for the creative minds.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday and much cheaper than going to the State Fair if you are on a budget!

The volunteer staff were all amazing and willing to help with whatever problems you may have. There were tons of events to participate in and every event had tons of help. This community really pulled together and put on a great festival for friends and family to enjoy. Oh, and the fireworks! I am sure most of you have heard about the great firework show they put on, well whatever you have heard was right. It was an AMAZING show! I was so impressed on how everything was run even with a little rain it was a great time to be a Maple Grovian!  If you did not make it to Maple Grove Days this year it is a must see event next year!

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This week I went out to a small park that most people might not know is there called the Maple Grove Rotary Music Plaza. The Music Plaza is made up of 6 different instruments that is fun for all ages to try to make their own music! Even a 22 year old intern can go out there and jam out! Although, aMusic Plaza 2 or 3 year old probably can make it sound better. Each instrument is different and it is a great way to teach youngsters about how sound is made by different shapes and sizes for different pitches. It’s also just fun to be able to bang on things and make noise as most little ones want.  The Music Plaza is located right next to the Town Green by the Maple Grove Library so if you are coming out to Maple Grove Days July 9 – 13 (and I hope you are!) I would highly recommend you go and check this cool little park out! If you want more information about what the instruments are called or what they look like you can go to Maple Grove Rotary Music Plaza and get some great information.

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Being it is the middle of summer break and the weather is perfect for romantic picnics in the park, I heard of a nice quiet park with a great lake view that sounded pretty romantic! If this sounds like fun to you then call up that summer crush and go on out to Worden Park! Just like last week this is not aWorden Parkn easy place to find but when you do it is a great spot! There is a small playground, a fishing pier that is a little bit under water (go figure with the feet of rain lately!) right off of Fish Lake, and lots of great picnicking spots. It’s not very big so it would be good for a couple or even a family to head out some day and enjoy the shade of the big trees in the area.

If you’re like me and can’t sit for very long before your legs fall asleep there are lots of nice trails that go right through the park as well. You can walk along the side of the water or stroll through the woods! Either way you go I’m sure you will see lots of wildlife and have a great time!

For more information about Worden Park or other Maple Grove Parks check out our Parks and Trails Map or you can also pick up a map at the Maple Grove Community Center – 12951 Weaver Lake Rd.

 

 

 

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Community Development News

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What’s going on in Community Development? As we try to say goodbye to the rainy spring, after a very long winter, I’m hoping for a dryer summer for all of us to enjoy and for the growth of our City to continue. As I peek over my shoulder I can see work is starting on the senior community named SilverCreek on Main. Also, Central Park is coming along at a fast pace and will be a fine addition to our town. The Skye at Arbor Lakes apartment community intends to open its first phase in the latter part of summer or early autumn as does its neighbor Bottineau Ridge.

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The arrival of summer signals many new commercial development opportunities as we pull farther away from the recent economic downturn. Here are a few new commercial developments currently approved:

· Paradise Car Wash and Outlot: to develop the property into two lots, one for a 14,600 s.f. car wash and detail center and the other for future commercial/retail use.
· Park Nicollet Regional Specialty Center: to develop the property into an 85,000 s.f. clinic and medical office building.
· Red Rock Business Park: to develop the property into a proposed industrial park with two buildings, 182,000 s.f. and 140,000 s.f.
· Tricare: to develop the property into a mixed-use development consisting of office, medical office, commercial and high-density residential.
· Biolife Plasma Services Facility: to construct a 16,692 s.f. medical office building.

Residential growth has remained steady. Below are a couple of new residential developments coming to Maple Grove:

· White Oak Acres 2nd Addition: a 14 single-family detached residential lot subdivision of the originally approved 24 single-family detached residential development.
· Four Seasons at Rush Creek 5th Addition: 30 single-family lots in the southern portion of the phased Four Seasons at Rush Creek age-restricted residential neighborhood.

Keep apprised of new retailers coming to town in this blog or on the City’s main web page!

A good resource to get information directly e-mailed to you about the different Residential and Commercial projects that are going forward to the Planning Commission and City Council is to E-Subscribe to our Agendas and Minutes.  Our Agendas/Minutes are e-mailed out twice a month.  Click above to sign up.  There are other topics to sign-up for as well.

Dick Edwards, Community Development Director

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Market Value Exclusion on Homestead property of Disabled Veterans

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This program provides an annual market value exclusion of up to $300,000 on homestead property of a qualifying disabled veteran, as determined by the Veterans Administration. Veterans with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher need to re-apply annually with the Assessor’s Office and should have already received their letter from the VA.  Veterans who are totally and permanently disabled do not need to reapply after the initial application and approval.  The deadline to apply for the Disabled Veteran Market Value Exclusion is July 1st 2014.  Please note if you have any questions on this exclusion program you may call the City Assessor’s Office at (763) 494-6250 for more information.

Tim Mitchell, City Assessor

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This week with all of this rain I took a more indoor approach and visited Thoresen Park and the Eagle Lake Community Building. This is a great little place if you are looking to have a get together or party! The building holds up to 47 people and has air conditioning and heat so it can be used all year round! If you are looking for a place to hold your graduation party and don’t want people to see your messy house this would be the answer! It has a full kitchen, a nice deck, and tons of room inside for activities! There is a baseball field and play ground right next to it as part of Thoresen Park. In the winter they put a small pleasure rink right behind the building so the lower level is used as a warming house. I had my first cooking class in there this week so I can tell you first hand the stove, oven, microwave Eagle Lake Community Buildingand refrigerator all work great, and there is plenty of counter space.

Renting the Eagle Lake Community Building seems to be fairly easy and extremely cheap. The main thing is you need to clean up whatever mess you make for the next group that uses it. If you want any more information about the building or how to reserve it check out Eagle Lake Community Building.

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