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St. Louis Park Contents

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St. Louis Park Community Guide 2012 Welcome to Saint Louis Park..................Page 4 City Information .....................................Page 5 Fire Department......................................Page 6 Police Department...................................Page 7 Education.................................................Page 9

Call to set your tour • Apartments appointment • Assisted Living • Memory Care • Respite/Short Stays

Our newest addition The Park Club (warm water pool and fitness center)

City Map ...............................................Pages 10 History ....................................................Page 11 City Parks ...............................................Page 13 Health & Wellness..................................Page 15 Community Celebrations.......................Page 16

NOW ACCEPTING COMMUNITY MEMBERS 55 OR BETTER! Call to set your tour appointment


Area Faith Communities .................Pages 17-18 Shopping ................................................Page 19


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Welcome to the Park Mayor invites you to experience St. Louis Park Whether it was our distinct neighborhoods, our social, religious and ethnic heritage, our retail stores, restaurants, medical facilities, family-owned businesses, corporations or our award-winning schools that brought you here, I’d like to welcome you to the Park and thank you for choosing this community. St. Louis Park is an established community of 10.8 square miles that in a little more than 115 years has grown from a village of 45 families to a community of more than 45,000 residents, according the the Census Bureau. We continue to redevelop and reinvent ourselves and we have continued to redevelop the community even during the downturn of the economy. With the expected addition of light rail transit in the near future, we expect to continue that redevelopment. St. Louis Park has a sound economic base, a healthy mix of new and traditional housing and a nationally renowned school district where every school has been named a National School of Excellence. We also have a variety of private schools in the city providing residents with an abundance of choices for their children. And, we’re only minutes away from

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Special thanks go out to Mayor Jeff Jacobs for his welcome letter, the Chamber of Commerce, the city of St. Louis Park and the many other organizations, businesses and groups that participated in the creation of this community guide.

some of the Twin Cities’ most attractive amenities: the Chain of Lakes, the downtown theater district, shopping, universities and major league sports. Our community is built firmly upon the strength of our neighborhoods. It’s evident every year at the more than 100of annual National Night Out parties held throughout the Park, but it’s also evident each day as residents gather for neighborhood meetings, social gatherings and community service. We’re also proud of the limitless trails and parks in the community. The trails connect us to downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis riverfront, the Uptown area, Hopkins and Chaska. There are 51 parks throughout the city to enjoy that provide recreation, community and beauty to all our residents in any season. We tell people to experience life in the Park, and we want you to experience it for a lifetime. St. Louis Park has been named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” year after year by America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. But our opportunities extend to people of all ages, whether it’s young professionals moving here to enjoy our trails, parks and active nightlife or seniors who enjoy our neighborhood connectedness, our dial-a-ride program or our active community centers. We spend a lot of time as community leaders here asking what we can do next to remain a forwardthinking, desirable community. We’ve got some ideas, we’ve got an exciting future ahead of us, and we look forward to building that future with you. JEFF JACOBS ST. LOUIS PARK MAYOR

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St. Louis Park City Information

City Council shapes St. Louis Park’s future St. Louis Park operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The St. Louis Park City Council sets the policy and overall direction for the city. St. Louis Park city staff members carry out council decisions and provide city services. St. Louis Park voters elect the mayor and six (two atlarge and four ward) City Council members to four-year terms. Elections are held in November in odd-numbered years. The contact information for members of the City Council follows: Mayor Jeff Jacobs 952-927-8061 (home) 952-897-1707 (office) Council members Steve Hallfin, At-Large A 612-987-3282 Jake Spano, At-Large B 952-922-9114 Susan Sanger, Ward 1 952-926-4192

Anne Mavity, Ward 2 952-913-1108 Susan Santa, Ward 3 952-938-2436 Julia Ross, Ward 4 952-544-0909 The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. To verify meeting dates, call 952-924-2505. To speak before the council, simply fill out a blue card (available in the meeting room) and take it to the council table. The mayor will call on you when that agenda item is discussed. Arrangements for a sign language interpreter or other assistance can be made by calling 952-924-2520 or 952-924-2518 (phone line reserved for hearing impaired individuals) one week before the meeting. Council meetings are also carried live on cable TV channel 17 and replayed frequently. They are also available on demand at City Manager Tom Harmening leads the city staff. The main city phone number is 952-924-2500. A list of staff contact information is available at


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Fire Department

Fire department unveils new facilities After years of making the best of cramped, outdated fire stations, St. Louis Park firefighters now enjoy spacious, state-of-the-art facilities. In the summer of 2012, St. Louis Park opened two new stations built from the ground up on the sites of its previous stations. The new structures are better able to accommodate equipment and personnel needs. The new stations replaced fire stations constructed in the 1960s that did not meet current accessibility rules for public buildings or fully accommodate staffing for both male and female firefighters. Other concerns related to deteriorating structural elements, aging mechanical systems, limited ventilation, lack of apparatus storage space, and insufficient meeting space to host all firefighters simultaneously for meetings and training. The new Fire Station One, 3750 Wooddale Ave., stands two stories in height and contains more than 30,000 square feet of space. It also features a memorial to three St. Louis Park firefighters who lost their lives on the line of duty. The new Fire Station Two, 2262 Louisiana Ave., is one story in height and contains nearly 17,000 square feet of space. Full-time firefighters work with paid-on-call firefighters to provide service around the clock. The department regularly conducts training exercises with other city and regional emergency responders to be prepared for possible scenarios. Firefighters are available 24 hours a day to fight fires and respond to medical emergencies or emergencies caused by storms, chemical spills or disasters.


The Fire Department employs approximately 24 full-time staff members, including firefighters, administrators and support staff. It also employs 30 paid-oncall firefighters who provide backup to St. Louis Park’s full-time firefighters by helping out at medical emergencies, fires, car accidents and disasters. The Fire Department is responsible for putting out fires, responding to medical emergencies and car accidents, overseeing clean up of hazardous material spills, providing disaster recovery services, preventing fires by inspecting apartment buildings and offices, enforcing fire code compliance and investigating causes of fires. After the new fire stations opened, the Fire Department’s administrative office moved from City Hall to Fire Station One. The fire department’s nonemergency phone number is 952-924-2595. For emergencies, always call 911 instead. City staff members inspect businesses and apartment buildings to ensure they are in sound condition and heating, mechanical and fire protection systems work properly. Upon request, firefighters also will visit homes to advise you on where to place smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors or how to create an evacuation plan. Call 952-924-2595 for more information. Other services the fire department provides include public education, water and ice rescue, confined space, rope, trench and collapse rescue, automobile extrication, severe weather mitigation, car seat inspections, emergency preparedness, fire protection advice, station tours and ride along opportunities.

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Police Department

Police department serves and protects St. Louis Park has had its own police force since 1934 and the department continues to carry on a tradition of serving and protecting the city. The St. Louis Park Police Department handles tens of thousands of service requests annually and utilizes the Community Oriented Policing philosophy designed to build community partnerships, create organizational transformation and promote a systematic approach to problem solving. Community Oriented Policing organizational strategies “support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In an emergency, residents should dial 911 – whether it’s a related to a police, fire or a medical issue. St. Louis Park police officers and firefighters have emergency medical training. If they are first on the scene, they will administer emergency medical treatment to stabilize the patient until an ambulance arrives. If you see a crime being committed – or just see something suspicious – call 911. Calls to 911 are not restricted to life-threatening emergencies. If you have information about a crime that has been committed, call the police department at 952-924-2618. If you wish to remain anonymous and have information that may lead to an arrest, call 952-924-2165 or write to Crime Prevention Fund, Box 26504, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. All calls and letters are confidential. St. Louis Park has 52 sworn police officers who are professionals with college or advanced training in all

aspects of law enforcement – human relations, first aid, crime prevention, etc. The department also employees seven dispatchers, six support staff, one community liaison and three community service officers. Patrol officers respond to routine calls for service, such as suspicious activity and noise complaints. Patrol officers respond to emergency incidents, such as medical assistance and fires. Police work after a crime has occurred includes preparing cases for charging, following up on incidents and conducting search warrants. During patrols, information is collected, analyzed and disseminated to department personnel in an effort to proactively address specific issues, such as traffic complaints. Officers work to solve problems through a systematic process for identifying, analyzing, responding to and assessing an issue that may become a problem. Police services such as animal control, the dispatch center and clerical staff assist officers in their work. The police department is based at 3015 Raleigh Ave., adjacent to City Hall’s south parking lot. The department’s administrative number is 952-924-2600. The police station houses the emergency communications and 911 center, administrative offices, the city jail and training and meeting rooms. Group tours may be arranged by calling 952-924-2125. St. Louis Park has three police substations, or COP Shops. The newest substation is located at The Shops of West End at 1623 West End Blvd. Other substations are the Excelsior & Grand Cop Shop, 4717 Park Commons Drive, and a substation at Texa-Tonka Shopping Center, Texas Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard.


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St. Louis Park schools have a long history The St. Louis Park School District has been serving residents of St. Louis Park since 1888. The district began with just 51 students but burgeoned to more than 11,000 students by the mid-1960s, according to the St. Louis Park Historical Society. As St. Louis Park’s residents grew older, enrollment gradually declined but has remained stable in recent years. Approximately 4,200 students now attend St. Louis Park Public Schools. Every one of the St. Louis Park School District’s traditional public schools has been recognized as a National School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools of Excellence are national models for academic performance, attendance, up-to date and rigorous core curriculum and instruction, a positive and caring atmosphere and parent and community involvement. Each St. Louis Park school is located within the city boundaries of St. Louis Park. The district mainly serves St. Louis Park residents, but some students from nearby cities open enroll in its schools as well. St. Louis Park has three traditional elementary schools serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade. They are Aquila Elementary, 8500 West 31st St.; Peter Hobart Elementary, 6500 West 26th St.; and Susan Lindgren Elementary, 4801 West 41st St. The schools are authorized participants of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. St. Louis Park also operates Park Spanish Immersion School, 6300 Walker St., for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students study the same nationally recognized curriculum as other St. Louis Park students

with all classes taught in Spanish. Entrance to the program is allowed at kindergarten. As part of a reconfiguration plan, St. Louis Park Middle School, 2025 Texas Ave. S., has been transitioning from a junior high model to a middle school model serving students in sixth through eighth grades. The district is considering adding the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at the school. St. Louis Park High School, 6425 West 33rd St., has long served students in ninth through 12th grades. Thanks to a federal innovation grant, the high school is rolling out “academies” designed to allow students to explore various career fields while still in high school. The school also offers advanced placement and honors courses, an International Baccalaureate program, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities and an extensive program for deaf and hard of hearing students and English as a Second Language students. St. Louis Park High School has consistently ranked at or near the top for Minnesota schools listed in news publications lists of top high schools in the country. Newsweek, U.S. News and The Washington Post have all ranked St. Louis Park High School as one of the nation’s best. St. Louis Park belongs to the North Suburban Conference, and students may choose from numerous sports available. A wide array of co-curricular activities such as drama, Science Olympiad, math team and music groups are available. The school district offices are located at St. Louis Park High School. The district’s general number is 952-9286000. The district website is


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St. Louis Park transformed into bustling city Since St. Louis Park sprung up in the 1800s, the suburb has transformed from an industrial railroad stop to a city with a diverse commercial base and more than 45,000 residents. The city is home to both upscale and historic shopping centers, office centers and neighborhood businesses. In a few areas, the city retains remnants of the industry that for decades drove the town’s economy. The St. Louis Park Historical Society works to document the changes that have made the city what it is today. The society’s website,, contains an index containing a plethora of information about the people, businesses, celebrations, places of worship, school, neighborhoods and many other aspects that have formed the lifeblood of the community. Since 1971, the St. Louis Park Historical Society has gathered, organized and shared pieces of St. Louis Park’s unique past. Incorporated as a village in 1886, Park was styled as an industrial town when lumberman T.B. Walker bought up and replatted 2,000 acres of farmland in 1890. Foreshadowing modern zoning, Walker created industrial, commercial and residential areas. He brought in factories, built commercial buildings and even built houses for his workers. The factories are long gone, but the Walker Building, built in 1892, is still on Walker Street, and there are still upwards of 50 so-called “Walker Houses” in use today. Walker’s experiment failed with the Depression of 1893, and the village stayed small up until and during World War II. But with the return of servicemen, consumer goods and general prosperity after the war, St.

Louis Park became a boomtown. Previously barren land, including almost the entire area north of Minnetonka Boulevard, was filled with new homes, schools, parks and churches. St. Louis Park was receptive to the Jewish families who strove to leave Minneapolis, and the community supported many synagogues and the Sabes Jewish Community Center. St. Louis Park has a long history of being progressive and has revitalized many areas, including Excelsior Boulevard and the West End. But as things change, the Historical Society is there to collect pieces of the past and preserve them for future generations. Holdings include photographs, directories, newspapers, yearbooks, railroad artifacts and other reminders of days gone by. The society has also published a book called “Something in the Water,” which includes memoirs of people who grew up in the Park in the 1930s. The St. Louis Park Historical Society operates out of the Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd., which is staffed 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays or by appointment. It also operates the city’s Historic Milwaukee Road Depot, in which the society stores artifacts from St. Louis Park’s past. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter, called the Re-Echo, which contains bits of history interspersed with past and future events and accounts of current artifact donations. The St. Louis Park Historical Society is a nonprofit organization staffed solely by volunteers and is always looking for more people to help preserve Park’s past. To contact the Society or donate materials, email


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The Park is home to a variety of parks St. Louis Park lives up to its name, boasting 51 parks throughout the city. As a steward of its environment, St. Louis Park promotes recycling in many of its higher-volume parks. To encourage this practice and reduce the amount of trash thrown into the recycling containers, the city is now using a yellow barrel with a flat top in these locations. It is clearly marked and identifiable as a recycling container. Parks included in this recycling project: Aquila, Bass Lake, Carson, Dakota, Fern Hill, Freedom, Keystone, Louisiana Oaks, Northside, Oak Hill, Shelard, Skippy, Twin Lakes, Walker, Westwood Nature Center and Wolfe Park. Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are collected in the yellow recycling containers. Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, is one of the city’s largest and is home to Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater. Its eight terraced tiers offer seating for 200 people. The concrete stage at the bottom of the hill is edged with trees and shrubs. When no public events are scheduled, the amphitheater can be rented for weddings and other private events from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Wolfe Park also features basketball and sand volleyball courts, a year-round pavilion and a walkway around Wolfe Lake. For those seeking a more remote-feeling experience, the Westwood Hills Nature Center offers an 160-acre nature preserve devoted to outdoor enjoyment, environmental education and wildlife observation. Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin

Ave., contains a picnic area and more than three miles of wooden walkways and wood chipped trails that wind through the hardwood forest, restored prairie, pine and spruce plantation and marsh. A paved one-quarter mile wildflower trail features labeled native flowers and an observation honeybee hive. The Interpretive Center houses exhibits and restrooms. Portions of this building can be rented for birthday parties and other functions. Westwood also offers environmental education programs. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset, year-round. Park admission is free. St. Louis Park’s two off-leash dog parks offer a fun opportunity for you and your dog to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The dog parks are located at Cedar Knoll Park, 2541 Nevada Ave. S., and Dakota Park, 2643 Dakota Ave. S. To use the dog parks, residents must have a current St. Louis Park dog license, which includes access to the parks. Hours for the dog parks are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Non-residents must purchase an annual permit at the price of $55. Permits are available by visiting the inspections department weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. A full list of parks is available at Recreational activities are offered through the Parks and Recreation Department and Community Education. The Parks and Recreation Department, run by the city, provides programs for adults and youth throughout the year. For more information, visit or call 952-924-2540.


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Medical services are widely available St. Louis Park residents do not need to look beyond their city’s borders for access to nearly any medical service. Park Nicollet serves the metropolitan area from its home base in St. Louis Park. The regional health care provider operates Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital at 6500 Excelsior Blvd., as well as a campus of clinics at 3800, 3850 and 3900 Park Nicollet Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Methodist Hospital serves more than 50,000 patients annually and serves as the host site for the Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center and the Frauenshuh Cancer Center. Throughout its metro locations, Park Nicollet offers medical diagnosis and treatment, health education, self-care products and more. Park Nicollet operates neighborhood clinics, urgent care sites, Methodist Hospital, pharmacies, optical stores, contact lens stores, hearing centers and stores, health and care stores, a sleep center and store, a boutique and a breastfeeding center. The entity also consists of Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Institute. More than 8,200 employees work for Park Nicollet, including 1,000 physicians. Park Nicollet is St. Louis Park’s largest employer. Park Nicollet also operates the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet and the Melrose Institute in St. Louis Park as well as the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in nearby Golden Valley. Park Nicollet Foundation takes the work of Park Nicollet Clinic and Methodist Hospital into the community. The foundation provides millions of dollars in

annual funding to numerous organizations. It funds grief support and education to students who have lost loved ones, services like music therapy and support groups, immunizations for children in 25 area school districts and research aimed at improving patient care and treatment. Park Nicollet Foundation’s Healthy Community Fund supports programs that provide care to a vibrant community across the full spectrum of life, from athome care for new babies to its Successful Aging Initiative. Park Nicollet Foundation also provides funding for school-based clinics that provide free walk-in comprehensive medical and mental health care to children from birth to 18 years in St. Louis Park and three other school districts. Park Nicollet is a founding partner of the “No Shots, No School” program that provides barrier-free, enhanced access to students to receive immunizations with no charge to families. Park Nicollet was part of the original health care home pilot program that developed a unique team approach to primary care. A Park Nicollet care coordinator works with patients and families to coordinate medical care with local community resources, such as schools and social service agencies, and to provide care for patients that follows them after they leave the clinic and into the communities where they live. Park Nicollet has announced an agreement to combine with Bloomington-based HealthPartners. Pending regulatory approval, the deal is set to go into effect January 2013. For more information, visit


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Residents invited to celebrate life in the Park Minnesotans like to celebrate the state’s warm months, and St. Louis Park is no exception. Each year, a cohort of volunteers presents Parktacular, St. Louis Park’s annual summer celebration. The largest civic festival in town, Parktacular welcomes summer every June during the weekend of Father’s Day. The running theme of the St. Louis Park get-together is “Splash Into Summer.” For those desiring to take that advice literally, Parktacular provides water slides, kayaking and canoe rides. Events are planned for people of all ages and include a Senior Dinner with entertainment, a street dance, a Grand Day Parade, numerous “Kidtacular” activities like a petting zoo and pony rides, a faith service, a Belgian Waffle Brunch and much more. Many activities are free. A Parktacular button provides entry to select events and discounts at local businesses. See their website at for more details, to volunteer or to be a sponsor. Parktacular is one of several community activities that take place each year. A Summer Concert Series takes place each summer. Performances usually take place at Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater at Wolfe Park. Concerts are typically held Wednesdays with some Friday and Saturday night concerts scheduled as well. Information is available on the city website, stlouis-

16 Two farmers’ markets attract fans of locally grown products on a weekly basis during a season that begins in June and runs into August. The original market is located in the Wolfe Park area on the plaza adjacent to the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive. A newer market that began in 2011 is located at The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd. No registration or admission is required to attend. The original market is open Wednesdays from mid-afternoon to early evening. The market at The Shops at West End is open Wednesdays mid-morning to mid-afternoon. The markets feature an assortment of fresh products direct from the farmer or grower that are locally grown and produced, as well as fresh baked goods and beautiful art pieces. Another highlight is the annual Children First Ice Cream Social, held each year in Wolfe Park in May and featuring complimentary ice cream cones, music and information about community organizations. Children First is a prominent nonprofit that was born out of a partnership among the education, faith, city, health and business communities. The focus of this partnership is to encourage everyone in the community to find ways that make sense to them to help in the healthy development of infants, children and teens. Details on Children First can be found at

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The city is home to a variety of congregations St. Louis Park has many churches and synagogues providing services for people of various beliefs: Aldersgate United Methodist Church 3801 Wooddale Ave. 952-929-6725 Bais Yisroel Synagogue 4221 Sunset Blvd. 952-926-7867 Beth El Synagogue 5224 West 26th St. 952-920-3512 Calvary Worship Center 9500 Minnetonka Blvd. 952-931-9870 Congregation Darchei Noam 5224 Minnetonka Blvd. Info: 612-920-3424

Emmaus Road Church 6719 Cedar Lake Road 952-935-4112

Park Assembly of God 1615 Texas Ave. S. 952-545-2326

Holy Family Catholic Church 5900 West Lake St. 952-929-0113

Peace Presbyterian Church 7624 Cedar Lake Road 952-545-2586

Kenesseth Israel Synagogue 4330 West 28th St. 952-920-2183

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 8115 Hwy. 7 952-938-5400

Knollwood Christian Church 3639 Quebec Ave. S. 952-938-1121

St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church 4241 Brookside Ave. 952-920-9122

Lutheran Church of the Reformation 2544 Hwy. 100 S. 952-929-0439

St. George’s Episcopal Church 5224 Minnetonka Blvd. 952-926-1646

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Timothy Lutheran Church 7814 Minnetonka Blvd. 952-929-8317

Seed of Abraham Messianic Congregation 9500 Minnetonka Blvd. 952-926-6226

Twin City Fellowship 2734 Rhode Island Ave. S. 952-935-3100

Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church 5801 Minnetonka Blvd. 952-929-6465

Union Congregational United Church of Christ 3700 Alabama Ave. S. 952-929-8566 Westwood Lutheran Church 9001 Cedar Lake Road 952-545-5623

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Stores new and old welcome shoppers Most residents hardly need to leave St. Louis Park to find the products they seek. Businesses are spread throughout the city, which has become a destination for shoppers from throughout the West Metro. The Shops at West End made a splash in the region starting in 2009. New shops continue to open at the popular mixed-use development. The shopping center is home to restaurants and live music as well as fashion and other retail stores. A 14-screen theater offers stadium seating and the option to purchase VIP tickets allowing their holders to enjoy cocktails and food during films. Set near the intersection of Interstate 394 and Highway 100, construction on the West End began in 2008 at a cost of about $400 million, the priciest project in St. Louis Park’s history. Strategically placed in an area with a steady flow of traffic, and easy accessibility by nearby office workers, the pedestrian-friendly site is a destination that is visited all day and well into the evening by a variety of customers of all ages. Those coming to the site won’t have to drive if they don’t wish – there are ample bicycle racks and easy access to regional bus service. For those who do drive may park free on-site in a five-level ramp or in a heated underground garage. With its status as a redevelopment project, the West End features a number of “green” elements, including a green roof and creative landscaping irrigation utilizing slot drains in sidewalks.

Visit for a list of stores and more information. St. Louis Park has also become known in the area for its Excelsior and Grand mixed-use development, which offers a combination of upscale amenities in a pedestrian-friendly, urban-style environment. City officials worked on guiding the plan for the project for years, located at Excelsior Boulevard and Grand Way. The final phase of the mixed-use development opened in 2007. The development includes a Town Green and public art in the form of a fountain and the bronze and gold statue, Allegory of Excelsior. Not far away, another smaller scale shopping area has opened on the northwest corner of Excelsior Boulevard and France Avenue. The redevelopment project, called Ellipse on Excelsior, is a five-story mixed use building with 132 residential apartments, 16,394 square feet of commercial on the ground floor, and underground and surface parking. Stores began opening in 2011. For more information, go to Other shopping areas are less new but have withstood the test of time. For example, the Miracle Mile Shopping Center at Excelsior Boulevard and near Highway 100 has served residents since 1951. It’s website is Knollwood Mall, at 8337 Hwy. 7, is nearly as venerable. The business destination opened as Knollwood Plaza Shopping Center in 1955. The mall’s website is


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