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Summer 2011 Number 180 A publication of the city of New Hope, Minnesota Celebrate summer at Duk Duk Daze D Some highlights of this issue include: New Hope In Focus New Hope's annual photo contest National Night Out, Nite to Unite Register soon for August 2 event Seussical the Musical Outdoor theatre returns on July 21 Construction Projects Street, pond and noise wall projects in New Hope 2 3 3 5 Ash Borer 6 Emerald City's EAB program continues Business 7 InOutstanding businesses, new CVS, 8 City Day is a great opportunity to talk with members of the City Council and city staff, watch a K-9 demonstration, look at some city equipment, and see a dance or gymnastics performance. TIF districts, and more 2010 Water Quality Report City Day is a fun way to learn about city activities Council adopts vision for City Center T he New Hope City Council approved a City Center Vision at its June 13 meeting as part of the City Center Transit Oriented Development Study. A study group consisting of the New Hope City Council, Planning Commission and others has been working since spring 2010 to develop a comprehensive vision for the redevelopment of New Hope’s City Center. The City Center Vision document, which spells out a vision and guiding principles for the redevelopment of City Center as well as a strategy for implementation, is the culmination of that study. The report outlines redevelopment goals and principles for City Center relating to transportation, public and community gathering spaces, commercial opportunities, housing, environment, finances and government. The City Center Study began, with funding from Hennepin County, as a (continued on page 6) T he second annual City Day, on Saturday, July 30, will be a great opportunity to have some fun and get a little better idea of what’s going on at New Hope City Hall. The open house event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon, will provide residents with a chance to have an informal chat with members of the New Hope City Council and city staff. Staff members from each city department will be available to answer questions and share information about many of the city’s current programs and projects. City Day also features a variety of fun activities for the entire family. While details are still being worked out, planned activities include: ❖ Heavy equipment from the Public Works Department ❖ A new police squad car ❖ A new fire engine ❖ A bounce castle sponsored by New Hope Business Networking Group ❖ Twelve TV production truck ❖ Tours of the Police Department at 9, 9:30, 10, 11 and 11:30 a.m. ❖ Police K-9 demonstration at 10:30 a.m. ❖ Tumbling demonstrations by the New Hope Tumblers competitive gymnastics team at 9 and 9:30 a.m. ❖ Dance program sampler at 10 and 11 a.m. ❖ Highlights from Off-Broadway Musical Theatre’s performance of Seussical the Musical at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Across the street, the New Hope Community Farmers Market is having a Public Safety Day special event. Firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue District plan to bring the Fire Safety House and fire sprinkler trailer to teach kids important lessons about fire safety in dramatic fashion. And, as always, there will be all those awesome farm-fresh veggies, fruits, crafts, and other great items to enjoy at the market. Weather permitting, most City Day activities will be outside in front of City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. and at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre which is just west of City Hall. Don’t miss the fun! For more information, visit New Hope’s website, uk Duk Daze, New Hope’s annual community celebration, will be July 15 to 17. Most of the events will be in Northwood Park, 38th and Boone avenues. The festival will include a variety of fun activities for the entire family, many of which are free. Fair hours are Friday, July 15, 5 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, noon to 5 p.m. Everybody’s favorite, the Duk Duk Daze Gigantic Fireworks Display, has been moved this year from Saturday night to Friday at dusk. There will be so much going on at Duk Duk Daze again this year that Boone Avenue will be closed and activities will flood over into the street. Boone Avenue will be detoured between 36th and 42nd avenues from Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. until after the festival closes on Sunday evening. Visit the city’s website,, for detour details. Duk Duk Daze 2011 will feature the return of many popular favorites including carnival games and rides, Lion’s Bingo, the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Shoot-Out, a pizza eating contest, and a variety of fabulous fair food. And, of course, adults can also enjoy a little libation at the beer tent. The annual Kiddie Parade, for kids 0 to 12, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Under the Big Top.” For more information about the Kiddie Parade, call 763-553-7775. Sports lovers can participate in tournaments for mens' softball, tennis, or bean bag toss. The championship games for each tournament are on Sunday afternoon. The tennis tournament has several categories for players 14 and older. Register at the New Hope rec- (continued on page 12) (continued on page 12) Prsrt Std U.S. Postage PAID City of New Hope Twin Cities, MN 55121 Permit No. 2330 A great place to grow! 4401 Xylon Avenue North New Hope, MN 55428 Current resident or Entertainment, carnival games and the Kiddie Parade are all part of the fun at Duk Duk Daze. City of New Hope, Minnesota  Summer 2011

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