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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, a 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 an 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.
By Community Development
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.
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
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
By Parks & Recreation
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 and 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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This week’s park adventure took me way up north to Boundary Creek Park! I heard it is a hard park to find by a few people so I had to test if for myself. If you own a GPS then you should not have anything to worry about because I found it just fine, but I can see how you can get lost since it is tucked back in a neighborhood. Once you find the park it is a beautiful location really close to Elm Creek Park Reserve.
When I got to the parking lot it was really quiet with lots of little animals running around. I went to the small fishing dock and looked out on the lake and saw lots of wildlife including some big swans. There was a small playground for the kids and a really nice basketball court that looked to me to be pretty new! I found 3 baseball fields, a soccer field and a couple of tennis courts and in the winter there is a nice hockey pond with lights! With all the room for fun and games, the most attractive aspect to this park for me would have to be the trails. There are countless opportunities to walk, bike, run, skip, or whatever you prefer to do! All around the neighborhood I saw entrances into the park with trails so even if you just want to pass through it is a great place to go.
For more information about Boundary Creek 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.
The speed of traffic in our neighborhoods, where we and our families drive, walk and play, is a recurring topic of discussion over the non-winter months. It is certainly an issue that warrants consideration, and every situation is different in its own way. This post, intended as the first of two, discusses some key points that seem to be true in almost all situations:
1. Perceived speed is relative to the observer – Standing in your yard or on the sidewalk/street, a car traveling 30 mph will seem quite fast. Sitting in that same car, 30 mph will likely seem annoyingly slow. The data we collect almost always yields speeds that are far less than pedestrian observers perceive.
2. Neighborhood residents are the guilty parties – There are certainly roads that are used as cut-through streets, and those are the ones that violate this “rule”. However, most drivers that are unfamiliar with an area don’t venture down neighborhood streets on their way somewhere else. Studies across the metro area that are detailed enough to get information on the address of the driver indicate that the majority of the volume and speed on local streets are residents within the neighborhood.
3. “All the time” and “a lot” are in the eye of the beholder – The data we collect almost always indicates that the number of drivers going more than 5 mph over the posted speed is less than 50%. That doesn’t mean there isn’t an issue, depending on the other trends in the data. But it only takes one near miss, or a couple of times feeling uncomfortable with a car’s speed, to make it feel like it happens “all the time” or “a lot”. Remember that this is a small number of cars and instances in the sample set of several hundred, and the overall data may not support the claims of “all the time” and “a lot”. We simply do not have the resources to spend on correcting the behavior of a very small minority of drivers. To do so would not only be inefficient, but would also negatively impact the majority of drivers who routinely travel at safe speeds.
While the above rings true in many situations, it does not mean that a speed concern is invalid or does not require some kind of action. The City can investigate specific concerns and gather data that can help us all understand the nature and extent of the issue, as well as potential ways to address it if the data suggests that the problem warrants corrective measures. In the next post, look for a discussion on how issues might possibly be addressed. Until then, please drive safely in residential neighborhoods, remembering that you and your neighbors all have a key role in maintaining a safe environment for all.
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So this week I want to tell you about a park that I have driven past a few times and wanted to stop and check out but my better half would never let me! I like to wander in parks so we never “had enough time” but this week I made time and checked out the Maple Grove Arboretum!
With all the rain we had last weekend the creek was super high which would be great for anyone wanting to kayak or canoe down! There was a carry on boat access just for that right off the parking lot. I found a lot of nice secluded picnicking areas that you would never know you are right by a busy road. The main attraction I think out there is the trees (arboretum, go figure). There were tons of different trees all with little plaques in front of them to tell you what kind of tree they are! Now when someone asks me “what kind of tree is that over there?” I don’t have to say “looks like the wooden kind” I may actually know it is a Buffalo Berry tree! So if you have a school project about trees this would be a good place to start!
Along with over 100 types of trees they have the Angel of Hope Statue. The statue is a memorial dedicated to the park in 2001 as a place for mourning families and parents to seek solace. Each year, a candlelight memorial is held at the statue Dec. 6 at 7 pm. This was a very peaceful place that people come to visit year round and leave flowers. If you would like more information about the park or the Angel of Hope you can find it on our website at Maple Grove Arboretum.
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This week I took a little field trip over to Weaver Lake Park! I have been told this was a prime spot to go to the beach and hang out and I can see why! There is a very safe roped off beach section right on Weaver Lake with lots of sand and water to splash around in but besides the beach there is a lot more around!
My favorite part was the space net! I have never seen anything like it before (of course I had to try it out) and I think lots of kids or even teens or maybe interns would love to play on it. There was a lot of picnicking areas as well with a concession stand that will be open all summer in case you didn’t pack enough food yourself! I found some tennis courts, basketball courts, and sand volleyball courts. The fishing pier looked busy already when I was there so there must be some good fishing! Overall it was a nice park to take a little stroll through with new features and I can’t wait to go back when the beach is open and see how the water feels! If you want any more information on the park you find it at Weaver Lake Beach on our website . The beach opens tomorrow so come on by!
The dates and hours of operation are:
Dates: Saturdays, May 31 – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Hours: Monday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.