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Parks Nature Areas Recreation Lakes
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LEISURE Athletic Associations Art Offerings
Eden Prairie City Council Meetings Ordinances Hennepin County Frequently Called Numbers Libraries Licences and Documents Metropolitan Council Transportation Utilities Watersheds U.S. Postal Service Voting Information Minnesota United States
HEALTH Health Hospitals
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Eden Prairie Community Foundation Education Senior Citizens Support Services Eden Prairie Historical Society
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Above — Most sports grow from the youth level up. Pickleball is just the opposite. Here, Adriana Astbury and her son Nick play a doubles match at Eden Prairie’s Franlo Park. (Photo by Dan Huss) Below — Kenzie Croes, 2, of Chanhassen and her grandmother, Kim Kochevar of Eden Prairie play in the sand at the Round Lake Park beach. (Photo by Patty Dexter)
THERE’S LOTS TO LIKE IN EDEN PRAIRIE W
elcome to the 2016-2017 Eden Prairie Lifestyle Guide. What makes Eden Prairie such a welcoming community? For this year’s guide we asked for your advice and called upon a random sampling of Eden Prairie residents to tell us what they love about living here. Throughout our 2016-17 Eden Prairie Lifestyle Guide, you’ll see what they enjoy about the city, the community, the businesses and all the other amenities that make Eden Prairie not just where they live but what makes it their home. The Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Keep it handy; use it often. Our apologies in advance for omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 952-345-6682. Send information for the Lifestyle Guide to Amanda McKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org. The city of Eden Prairie has been recognized as a great place to work and raise a family for many years, and has been listed as one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in America since 2006 — this year reaching No. 2 on the list! In 2010, Eden Prairie was named the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America.
In 2012, Eden Prairie was named the No. 3 Best Place to live in America. A community of more than 60,000 people, Eden Prairie is home to more than 2,200 businesses. Eden Prairie also offers attractive residential neighborhoods, affordable housing options, more than 170 miles of multi-use trails and 2,250 acres of park land. Fine restaurants and shopping are plentiful in Eden Prairie. Combined with excellent schools and a strong sense of community, Eden Prairie is truly a great place to Live, Work and Dream.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
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FOOD Tea Source
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GOVERNMENT City of Eden Prairie
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District 21
HEALTH Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping
Eden Prairie Schools
Eden Prairie School Community Education
Southwest Christian High School
The PROP Shop
Winslow Monument Service
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Prairie Lutheran Church
Living Christ Lutheran Church
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Two Twelve Medical Center
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LEISURE Team Foxjet Swimming
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Chaska Park and Recreation
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2,925 2010 - 2014 = 200
62,596 63,228 63,496
4.5% change from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015
5 years and under 18 years and under
Between 19 and 64 years
WORK TRAVEL TIME Mean travel time to work
workers age 16+
2008 - 2012
65 years and older
POPULATION BREAKDOWN 2010
25,075 Housing units, 2010 = 2,000
9.2% HISPANIC OR LATINO
BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN
AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE
TWO OR MORE RACES
13.9% Foreign born Between 2010 and 2014 EDUCATION
97.3% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2010 - 2014
60.7% Bachelorâ€™s Degree or higher, 25+ 2010 - 2014
Home ownership rate, 2010 - 2014
86.2% Living in same house 1 year and over $301,200 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2010 - 2014 2.57 Persons per household $95,697 Median household income, 2010 - 2014 $50,435 Per capita income in past 12 months, 2014 dollars Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/
FROM TOT LOTS TO THE SENIOR CENTER
den Prairie offers a wide variety of attractions for every age of resident. When asked for their favorite, most have trouble narrowing it down to one, but they can usually agree that it’s one of the parks or trails. “I think the park system is really one of the things that we have to be most proud of,” said Grant Henry, who has lived in Eden Prairie since 1995. “Every park has different amenities and they’re clean and they’re well kept,” he said. “We’ve really been impressed with the park system.” Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools President Sarah Cheesman said that she enjoys Round Lake Park. “I love that they’ve upgraded the beach and kids’ play area,” she said. “It’s so much fun to see families over there enjoying that area.” Miller Park and Round Lake Park splash pads are popular with young families, teens enjoy disc golf courses at several parks and the skate park at Round Lake Park and the recent completion of the Eden Prairie Aquatics Center is a hit as well, with the new waterslide, hot tub and zero-depth play area unveiled this year. You’ll find events in the community on any day of the week, including major events like the Lions Club’s Schooner Days in June, the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary’s Rib Fest and Jazz on the Prairie, the Fourth of July Hometown Celebration, Wings of the North’s AirExpo and more.
“I think the park system is really one of the things that we have to be most proud of.”
— Eden Prairie resident Grant Henry
Residents gather at the Eden Prairie Art Center, Veterans Memorial, Staring Lake Outdoor Center and Observatory, and enjoy performances at the Staring Lake Amphitheatre, Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center and Riley-Jacques Barn. Purgatory Creek Park recently became a destination for Pokemon Go players. “For folks looking for entertainment, you don’t have to go far to find it,” said resident Doug Loon. You can find a free event on most nights of the week, especially during the city’s summer entertainment series.
Henry Kuether of Minnetonka poses with Andrew, 16 months, on Shawn McCann’s 3D chalk art at Round Lake Park. At right, the Eden Prairie Aquatics Center’s new water slide was part of phase two of the project. (Photos by Karla Wennerstrom)
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ATTRACTIONS PARKS EDEN PRAIRIE PARKS
Spring Wonder! Thousands of tulips. Gardens and woodlands. Miles of trails.
Set in an area of rolling hills amid a beautiful wooded landscape, lakes and creeks, Eden Prairie has more than 1,000 acres of active use parkland. The city has community parks, neighborhood parks, mini-parks, conservation areas, historic sites, six special use areas and miles of multi-use trails. Maps showing these trails are available at the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd. Its parks have shelters, playgrounds, boat launches, ballfields and ice skating rinks with warming houses. COMMUNITY PARKS
Summer in Bloom. Gardens in bloom. Plus outdoor exhibits, music, family fun.
The Best Fall Color. Amazing scarecrows. Pumpkin Palooza. Events and fun outdoors. AppleHouse open.
Color Spirits Bright. Holiday trees and teas, Santa, winter trails. Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum. 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318 http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/
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Flying Cloud Fields 15219 Pioneer Tr. On land owned by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, this community youth athletic complex has soccer fields, youth softball fields, a fenced ballfield and a concession stand/storage facility. Miller Park 8208 Eden Prairie Rd. Youth baseball fields, youth softball fields, a lighted regulation baseball field, five soccer fields, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a barrier-free play structure, an interactive splash pad, a picnic area, bike trails, hiking trails and parking for more than 900 vehicles; it has a fishing pier and a boat ramp onto Mitchell Lake (boats are limited to 10-horsepower motors or less). Purgatory Creek Park 13001 Technology Dr. Gardens, a picnic pavillion, wetland, walking trails, a fountain and the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial are highlights of this area. Riley Lake Park 9180 Riley Lake Rd. Swimming beach, public boat ramp and fishing pier, as well as a fencedin childrenâ€™s play area and a park shelter. Additional facilities include two ballfields, two tennis courts, a basketball court, and four sand volleyball courts. The historic RileyJacques Farm is located at this park. The barn has been restored and is available for public rental. Round Lake Park 16691 Valley View Rd.
Eight tennis courts, themed playground structure, an interactive splash pad, urban skate plaza, a lighted baseball stadium, five softball fields (four lighted), full basketball court, two shelters, two hockey rinks, two sand volleyball courts, loop trail and fishing pier. Staring Lake Park/Amphitheatre 14800 Pioneer Tr. Three ballfields, creative tot play structure, picnic shelter, boat ramp, tennis court, basketball court, eight horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, disc golf course, lighted free skating, lighted sliding hill with warming house, wooded picnic area, two fishing piers, archery range, an off-leash dog use area and a large amphitheatre for summer concerts. The historic Cummins-Phipps-Grill Homestead sits on land included in this park. NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS Birch Island Park 6225 Eden Prairie Rd. Play structure, hiking trails and picnic area. Carmel Park 11610 Tyrell Dr. Ballfield, two tennis courts and play structure. Creekwood Park 12341 Sunnybrook Rd. Ballfield, tennis court and full-size basketball court. Crestwood Park 9780 Dell Rd. Two soccer fields, a play structure, basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court, park building with covered picnic area, an ice skating and hockey rink area. Eden Lake Park 11700 Anderson Lakes Pkwy. Adjacent to Eden Lake Elementary School, it includes a baseball field, tee-ball fields, half-court basketball facilities, a large play structure and tetherball courts. Eden Valley Park 16600 Duck Lake Tr. Picnic area, tennis courts, ballfield, basketball court, sand volleyball court and play structure. Edenvale Park 7200 Edenvale Blvd. Ballfield, play structure, basketball court, hockey rink with warming house and skating area, picnic shelter and picnic area. Edenvale Conservation Area is adjacent to
ATTRACTIONS the park. Forest Hills Park 13708 Holly Rd. Adjacent to Forest Hills Elementary School. Play structure, two ballfields, soccer field, basketball hoops, tetherball, hockey rink, skating rink and two tennis courts. Franlo Park 10245 Franlo Rd. Softball field, baseball field, two soccer fields, two tennis courts, basketball court and a play structure. Hidden Ponds Park 18300 Twilight Tr. Baseball field, soccer field, basketball court and tennis court, and a play structure. Homeward Hills Park 12000 Silverwood Dr. One soccer field, a play structure, swings, two tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, a barn used as a park shelter/warming house, one lighted hockey/free skating rink, one softball field and basketball court. Nesbitt Preserve Park 8641 Center Way Two youth baseball fields, a sand volleyball court, lighted hockey
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rink, play structure, a soccer field, full basketball court, ice skating and warming house. Pheasant Woods Park 8420 Mitchell Rd. Ballfield, soccer field, play structure and trail connections to the neighborhood. Pioneer Park 8950 Eden Prairie Rd. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, hiking trails, play structure, formal flower garden and community garden plots. Prairie East Park 10379 Balsam Ln. A tennis court, basketball court, play structure, ballfield and small pond. Prairie View Park 17255 Peterborg Rd. Next to Prairie View Elementary School. Park building with covered picnic area, two ballfields, a hockey rink, free skating rink and trail connections to adjacent neighborhoods. An edible playground garden is also located in this park. Red Rock Lake Park 15416 Boulder Pointe Rd. One tennis court, a playground
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ATTRACTIONS structure, boat ramp onto Red Rock Lake and a picnic area. Boats are restricted to 10 horsepower or less Rice Marsh Lake Park 8266 Erin Bay Tennis court, play structure, basketball court and a ball field. Rustic Hills Park 17465 Rustic Hills Dr. Adjacent to Edenbrook Conservation Area. A tennis court, basketball court, a sand volleyball court, play structure, ballfield and picnic area, and nature trail connecting to Edenbrook Conservation Area. Smetana Lake Park 7620 Smetana Lane On the shores of Smetana Lake, this park has walking trails around the lake, covered picnic area, play structure, boat ramp and fish pier. Willow Park 7402 Butterscotch Rd. Baseball field, basketball court, tennis court and play structure. Wyndham Knoll Park 6525 Dell Rd. Ballfield, a soccer field, two tennis courts and a play structure.
REGIONAL PARKS Three Rivers Park District 763-559-9000 www.threeriversparks.org Bryant Lake Regional Park 6800 Rowland Rd., Eden Prairie 763-694-7764 Bryant Lake Regional Park, located south of Highway 62 and west of Shady Oak Road on Rowland Road, is operated by Three Rivers Park District. Facilities include a threeseason concession plaza, threeseason pavilion, paved boat launch, fishing pier, swimming beach, boat rental building, 2.2-mile turf hiking trail, 1-mile paved bike/hike trail, general picnic area, disc golf course, dog park and creative play area.
NATURE AREAS Outdoor Center 13765 Staring Lake Pkwy 952-949-8479 Located on the north shore of Staring Lake, the Outdoor Center offers classes, birthday parties, trips and activities in the fields of outdoor recreation and environ-
mental education. The Staring Lake Observatory is located here. Visit www.edenpr.org/outdoorcenter.
RECREATION Eden Prairie Community Center 16700 Valley View Rd 952-949-8470 Located west of the intersection of Eden Prairie Road and Valley View Road, Eden Prairie Community Center is equipped with an expanded fitness area and group fitness studio, indoor swimming pool, three indoor skating rinks, a child care facility, play structure, expanded locker rooms, a family locker room, two racquetball courts, gymnasium, meeting facilities, a cafeâ€™ and lounge area. Memberships are available at resident and nonresident rates. Visit www. edenprairie.org/communitycenter for more information. WATER SLIDE Oak Point Pool 13400 Staring Lake Pkwy 952-949-8470 Two pools, a 141-foot waterslide.
LAKES There are 17 lakes within Eden Prairie, and they are an important feature for everything from recreational to wildlife habitat uses. Lakes include Anderson, Birch Island, Bryant, Duck, Eden, Grass, Idlewild, McCoy, Mitchell, Neill, Red Rock, Rice, Rice Marsh, Riley, Round, Smetana and Staring Lakes. Riley Lake Park Beach 9180 Riley Lake Road Enjoy a fabulous beach, great swimming, a boat launch, picnic tables, grills and sand volleyball. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Round Lake Park Beach 16691 Valley View Road Swim in the lake, enjoy a picnic, build a sandcastle or relax in the sun. A large playground, park pavilion, tennis courts, baseball fields and large picnic area is also available. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
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Dave, Jack (14 months) and Kirstyn Fulton of Maplewood enjoyed the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary’s RibFest in June. Right — Crowds gathered to enjoy brews, burgers and entertainment at the 2015 Prairie Brewfest. (Photo by Karla Wennerstrom)
EP OFFERS A THRIVING SCENE FOR FOODIES
rom popular chains to charming local favorites, Eden Prairie has a thriving restaurant scene. “I think Eden Prairie just seems to get better and better,” said Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools Executive Director Sarah Cheesman, with restaurants at a variety of price points and styles. Resident Grant Henry said that Eden Prairie’s longtime restaurants are jewels in the community. Restaurant and grocery options reflect the diversity of the community, with all-American fare as well as Chinese, Indian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and more. Resident Tori Hill said that there is a nice representation of ethnic restaurants and it’s convenient to go to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul for even more variety. Grocery stores include Aldi, Cub Foods, Jerry’s Foods, Kowalski’s and the recently remodeled Lunds & Byerlys. “It’s a really nice mix,” Cheesman said. “They all have a different flair, a different character, a different reason for visiting them at different times,” Hill said. You can experience Eden Prairie’s farm history with farm stands dotting the community, Picha Heritage Farms offering fresh raspberries and more and Marshall’s Farm Market’s fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat. The Eden Prairie Lions Club Corn Feed, Noon Rotary Club Rib Fest, Eden Prairie Community Foundation Brewfest and
“I think Eden Prairie just seems to get better and better.”
— Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools Executive Director Sarah Cheesman A.M. Rotary Club Vino Classico (beer and wine tastings) are favorites for the town’s foodies. “I think those are all great opportunities to support the community,” Cheesman said. “I love that when you go to those events, you always see people you know. Events are a great way to connect with people.” Eden Prairie also has two natural springs where you’ll find visitors lining up to fill their water bottles and gallon jugs. Fredrick-Miller Spring is at 9995 Spring Road and the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area Spring is at 18700 Flying Cloud Drive.
Children on Rogers Road play with an umbrella as an Eden Prairie Fire Department truck sprays them with water during the neighborhood’s Night to Unite gathering on Aug. 2. Right — Eden Prairie Police Reserve Officer Tom Bahe hands out stickers and badges to children on Valley Road. Bahe said he’s been a reserve officer for 10 years and believes he’s attended every Night to Unite since he started. (Photos by Patty Dexter)
INNOVATIVE, PROFESSIONAL, DILIGENT AND RESPECTFUL E
den Prairie celebrates Night to Unite on the first Tuesday in August, bringing neighbors out for parties, inflatables, treats, fun – and visits from local city officials, police officers and firefighters. Resident Doug Loon, former president of the Eden Prairie Foundation and Minnesota Chamber president, said that when there was a fire in his neighborhood, he experienced the professionalism of the city’s public safety services. “It was remarkable how quickly they were there and how diligent they were to be respectful of the neighboring community,” Loon said. They even came back to help the family and make sure neighbors knew how to avoid ending up in a similar situation. Loon also cited the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund as important to supplement the goals and objectives of the Police Department. The group’s financial support is just one way the community helps local government to be more responsive to the community’s needs. City Council Member Kathy Nelson said Eden Prairie city staff is well known for being innovative. “They keep finding better ways to do stuff – often for less money. It’s not unique in the Twin Cities, but I think we’re one of the leaders in that, and that does add something in the community.“People like their interactions with city officials,” Nelson said. “They’re even happy with how they’re treated by the police when giving them a ticket.” Most city questions can be answered at Eden Prairie City
“It was remarkable how quickly they were there and how diligent they were to be respectful of the neighboring community.”
— Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon, speaking of the Eden Prairie Fire Department Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, where residents can obtain a building permit, learn about ordinances, attend meetings and visit a museum of Eden Prairie history. The city’s Police Department is headquartered here and the Fire Department is headquartered across the parking lot at Fire Station No. 1. For more information, call 952-949-8300 or visit www.edenprairie.org. You’ll find staff blogs, meeting videos, news and events calendars at www.edenprairie.org. Residents can visit https:// eden-prairie.granicusideas.com/ to join a discussion at “City Connect” or download the “See Click Fix” app to report issues like potholes. For emergencies, call 911; for non-emergencies, call 952949-6200. For license renewals, visit www.hennepin.us or call 612-3483000 for information. For passport information, visit http:// iafdb.travel.state.gov or call 1-877-487-2778. Eden Prairie’s library, which has the highest circulation of any Hennepin County Library, is at 565 Prairie Center Drive. Call 612-543-6275 or visit www.hclib.org for more information.
GOVERNMENT EDEN PRAIRIE CITY CENTER
8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS
Police and fire emergency 911 Police (non-emergency) 952-949-6200 Crime TIPS line 952-949-TIPS or 952-949-8477 Fire Department (non-emergency) 952-949-8300 City of Eden Prairie 24-Hour Comment Line 952-949-8561 Water and sewer billing 952-949-8382 Eden Prairie Community Center 952-949-8470 Eden Prairie Chamber 952-944-2830
EDEN PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL Eden Prairie is a “Plan B” city. The council-manager plan of government means all policy and legislative decisions are the responsibility of the elected City Council. Eden Prairie residents are represented by a mayor and four council members. The mayor serves four-year terms and the council members serve four-year “at-large” staggered terms. City elections are held in even-numbered years with the general election in November. The council delegates all administrative duties to the city manager. The city manager is accountable to the council for the administration of city business in accordance with council decisions. The city manager oversees the day-to-day administrative duties and hires city staff.
MEETINGS Eden Prairie City Council Council Chambers 7 p.m. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays City Council meetings are televised live on EPTV Cable Channel 16. Playbacks of meetings are scheduled for opposite Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 1 p.m. on EPTV 16. Conservation Commission Prairie Room at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month Flying Cloud Airport Advisory Commission Heritage Room I at City Center, 7 p.m. Meetings occur quarterly Heritage Preservation Commission Prairie Room A/B at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are on the third Monday of each month Human Rights and Diversity Commission Lower level of Eden Prairie Center mall 7 p.m. Meetings are the second Thursday of every month Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission Council Chambers at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are the first Monday of every month Planning Commission (televised on EPTV 16), 7 p.m. Council Chambers at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month
Nancy Tyra-Lukens Mayor
Brad Aho Councilor
Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 Email ntyra-lukens@ edenprairie.org
Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Email baho@ edenprairie.org
Sherry Butcher Wickstrom Councilor Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 Email sbutcherwickstrom@ edenprairie.org
City Ordinances Detailed information about city of Eden Prairie ordinances is available by visiting edenprairie.org. Building Permits Inspections: 952-949-8342 A city building permit is required when planning any new construction or alterations to a single-family residence. Permits are required for any alterations, additions and remodeling including: basement finishes, porches, decks attached to the house or decks greater than 30 inches above the ground, pools, retaining walls greater than 4-feet high, fences over 6-feet high, and sheds larger than 120 square feet. The city of Eden Prairie has a permit process in which all plan reviews and permits–except those required for a new single-family residence and commercial work–can be issued on a one-stop basis. ORDINANCE ADMINISTRATION
Ron Case Councilor
Kathy Nelson Councilor
Term ends Dec. 31, 2016 Email rcase@ edenprairie.org
Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 Email knelson@ edenprairie.org
Community Development Department 952-949-8529 The Community Development Department at the Eden Prairie City Center administers city zoning ordinances and codes. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, to answer questions related to your property or surrounding property. General Residential Setbacks All residential structures and accessory structures, which include sheds, outbuildings, play structures and gazebos, are subject to specific setbacks from a lot line based on the zoning district. All structure setbacks are taken from the property line. The setback from a front, rear or side yard may vary 2016 - 2017 | edenprairienews.com
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND DREAM BY NANCY TYRA-LUKENS
mong the many and diverse attributes that make Eden Prairie a great place to live, work and dream, the variety of opportunities for enjoying an active lifestyle always rise to the top for me. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way – everywhere I go, I see members of our community taking advantage of the multitude of recreational amenities and more than 125 miles of trails available to them yearround. There really is something for everyone. D urin g th e sum m er o ur beaches and splash pads are bustling with kids and adults of all ages, and you don’t have to go far to find a ballgame or soccer
based on the zoning district. To find out what a property is zoned for and what the required setbacks are, call the Community Development Department. Driveway Information Landscaping Plant material may be located on your lot, including in drainage and utility easements, as plant material is not considered a permanent structure. Should the city or other public utility need to access any drainage or utility easement, however, removal or trimming of plant material may be necessary. Certain lots in Eden Prairie may be subject to a conservation easement. As a property owner you should be aware if your property is subject to a conservation easement. No plant material may be placed in or removed from a conservation easement area until approved by the city. When installing plant material, keep in mind that once the shrub, tree or bush reaches maturity, any maintenance of the plant material should occur from the lot on which it is located. Therefore, any plant material should grow within the lot it is planted on. No plant material
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match. Eden Prairie has all the outdoor amenities you’d expect from a city of its size, but it also has u n i q u e o fNancy ferings that e n c o u r a g e Tyra-Lukens Mayor physical activity, such as dog parks, an archery range, a disc golf course and a skate plaza. The popular (and free!) Fitness in the Parks program is a recent addition to our recreational offerings, and the city now offers a diverse menu of traditional and healthy concessions at events throughout the summer. When winter comes, the out-
may be placed in street rights-ofway. This is usually 10 feet to 12 feet from the back of the curb. Plant material may not interfere with traffic site lines. Lawn Maintenance All grounds in a residential zoning district not covered by a building, patio or driveway must be covered in grass or ornamental landscaping, including rock material. Ground cover may grow to a height of 10 inches. Once the growth exceeds 10 inches, city code requires cutting. Should you identify a property in which grass is over 10 inches in height, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 952-949-8442. Lawn Watering City code limits lawn watering to an odd/even schedule. That means if your house address ends in an odd number, you may water your lawn on odd-numbered days only. If your house address ends in an even number, water only on even-numbered days. A watering ban is in effect in the city of Eden Prairie from noon to 5 p.m. each day of the year, unless otherwise notified by the city. Yard Waste All yard waste must be disposed
door activity doesn’t stop. The city works hard to clear snow from trails so runners and bikers can continue to use them. There are also several outdoor ice rinks maintained throughout the season, as well as a groomed cross-country ski trail and giant sledding hill at Staring Lake Park. The Eden Prairie Community Center is an action-packed gathering place featuring three ice arenas, a gymnasium and stateof-the-art fitness center, and the newly expanded aquatics center. Opportunities for physical activity abound with the generous offering of group fitness classes and youth programs, and with the addition of a climbing wall and water slide, aquatics at the Community Center has been elevated to a new level.
of within one week unless it is being composted in an approved composting area/container. Yard waste is solid waste generated from landscaping and lawn care activities, such as mowing, trimming, gardening or raking. Yard waste materials consist of grass clippings, twigs, tree and brush clippings, straw, pine needles, tree branches, soft vegetative garden waste and leaves. Snow Removal There are no hourly restrictions on the operation of snow removal equipment. Property owners are required to keep all snow and ice on their own property. city code prohibits placing snow or ice in any right-of-way, roadway, street, sidewalk, walkway, bike or trail way, easement, park or other public property. Although the city of Eden Prairie is responsible for the removal of snow and/or ice from sidewalks or trails abutting several streets, the majority of owners or occupants of one- or- two family dwellings that are abutting a sidewalk or trail are responsible for removing the snow and ice. This removal must be accomplished within the first 24 hours after the
Personally, I love that I can get on my bike and ride the miles of trails for exercise or just to meet friends for coffee at the Dunn Bros located in one of the city’s historic properties, the Smith-Douglas-More House. I also enjoy scenic strolls around Staring Lake, which frequently lead me to an evening of music at the outdoor amphitheater or an astronomy event at the Staring Lake Observatory. The possibilities for living an active lifestyle are truly endless in Eden Prairie, which for me, makes life great in this outstanding community I’m proud to call home. To learn more about living in Eden Prairie, visit edenprairie. org. Tyra-Lukens is the mayor of Eden Prairie.
cessation of the precipitation. For more information, call 952-9498300. Storage Containers: Solid Waste and Recycling Storage containers for Single Family Dwellings, Multiple Family Dwellings or Commercial Establishments must be stored at least 20 feet from the property line. Storage containers stored within a front yard must be screened from the public street with an opaque fence or coniferous landscape material. Storage containers for Solid Waste, Recyclable Materials or Yard Waste may be set curbside 24 hours prior to the scheduled pickup. The storage containers must be removed from curbside within 24 hours after the scheduled pickup. Junk Cars, Furniture, Household Furnishings & Appliances It is unlawful to park or store any unlicensed, unregistered or inoperable motor vehicle, furniture, household furnishings or appliances, or parts or components thereof on any property, public or private, unless housed within a building. Visit edenprairie.org for more information.
HENNEPIN COUNTY 612-348-3000 Hennepin County: Mission, vision and goals The mission of Hennepin County is to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of residents and communities in a respectful, efficient and fiscally responsible way. Hennepin County Vision: We envision a future where residents are healthy and successful and where our communities are safe and vibrant. We will strive to meet and exceed expectations by engaging people and communities in developing innovative solutions to challenges. We will be a diverse, learning organization. We will partner with others to enhance the quality of life in Hennepin County and the region. Hennepin County goals: People are healthy, have access to quality health care and live in a clean environment. People are safe from harm through prevention, early intervention and treatment services, and through enhanced public safety. People achieve success with the support of essential services, have access to affordable housing and opportunities for life-long learning. People are assured equal protection of the laws through an adversarial and respectful system designed to assure fairness and reliability in the ascertainment of liability, guilt and innocence. People and goods move easily and safely throughout the county and the region, via an integrated system of transportation.
HENNEPIN COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, MN 55487 TTY/TDD : 612-349-5456 www.hennepin.us
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HENNEPIN COUNTY BOARD The Hennepin County Board meets most Tuesdays in the board room of the Hennepin County Government Center at 1:30 p.m. Alternate Tuesdays, board committees meet. Commissioners serve four-year terms. Board and committee meetings are broadcast live on Cable Channel 6, and rebroadcast Friday nights at 8 p.m. For more information on Hennepin County government, go online at www.hennepin.us.
Commissioner, District 4 612-348-7884 firstname.lastname@example.org Term ends Dec. 31, 2018
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GOVERNMENT FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS HENNEPIN COUNTY Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Tipline 1-888-988-TIPS www.hennepin.us Child Protection Services 612-348-3027 Drop-off facilities 612-348-3777 Elections 612-348-5151 Emergency Food Shelter PROP (People Reaching Out to People) 952-937-9120 Environmental Information 612-348-3777 Food Assistance 612-596-1300 Government Center Service Center, Hennepin County 612-348-8240 Hennepin County Medical Center 612-873-3000 Inter Congregation Communities Assn. 952-938-0729 Mental Health Center 612-596-0900 Property Tax Information 612-348-3011 Prop Shop of Eden Prairie 15195 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie 952-934-2323 Ridgedale Service Center 12601 Ridgedale Dr. 612-348-8240 United Way 651-291-0211 Veterans Services 612-348-3300
LIBRARIES Eden Prairie Library 565 Prairie Center Dr. 612-543-6275 www.hclib.org Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m. The Eden Prairie Library is part of the Hennepin County Library system. Books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals and downloadable books, music and movies are free for borrowing. Materials in Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Somali,
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Vietnamese and other languages are available. The Eden Prairie Library has more than 80 computer workstations, free Wi-Fi during open hours and a computer lab with word processing software. Storytimes and other free programs that support family literacy and learning are offered regularly for children, teens and adults. Hennepin County Library System Renewals 612-543-8811 www.hclib.org “Ask Us” information service at 612-543-KNOW, or text “hclib” to 66746 or www.hclib.org/askus The Hennepin County Library system is affiliated with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), which allows Hennepin County Library card holders access to other libraries in the seven county metropolitan area. All of these services, except driver’s exams, can be provided at the Ridgedale and Southdale Service Centers. Hours vary by center. For information, visit www.hennepin.us.
LICENSES AND DOCUMENTS Motor Vehicle Plates, Boat & Motor Licensing, Title Transfers Hennepin County Service Center Ridgedale, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka 612-348-8240
METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101 651-602-1000 www.metrocouncil.org firstname.lastname@example.org The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council advocates for vital communities and a competitive region. It runs the regional bus system, collects and treats wastewater and manages water resources preservation, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income indi-
viduals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 189 cities and townships and a population of 2.85 million. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chairperson.
ELECTRICITY Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 Electric outage 1-800-895-1999 www.xcelenergy.com Minnesota Valley Electric 952-492-2313
SouthWest Transit 13500 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-2BUS (2287) www.swtransit.org SouthWest Transit operates under a joint powers agreement of the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Bus transportation is provided to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, Monday-Friday, from the following Park-and-Ride locations: Chanhassen Transit Station, Chanhassen; SouthWest Village, Chanhassen; Walnut Park and Ride, Chaska; Cloverfield Park and Ride, Chaska; SouthWest Station, Eden Prairie; Preserve Village Mall, Eden Prairie; and Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie.
CenterPoint Energy 1-800-245-2377 Billing info/new service 612-3724727 Suspected gas leak 612-372-5050 Repair service 612-372-4727 www.centerpointenergy.com
SouthWest Transit 13500 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-2BUS (2287) www.swtransit.org SouthWest Transit operates under a joint powers agreement of the cities of Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Bus transportation is provided to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, MondayFriday, from the following Parkand-Ride locations: Chanhassen Transit Station, Chanhassen; SouthWest Village, Chanhassen; Walnut Park and Ride, Chaska; Cloverfield Park and Ride, Chaska; SouthWest Station, Eden Prairie; Preserve Village Mall, Eden Prairie; and Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie.
Watershed management organizations and watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area participate in water planning and implementation. Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District Four managers are appointed by Hennepin County commissioners and one manager is appointed by Carver County Commissioners. 952-607-6512 email@example.com
UTILITIES Before You Dig Gopher State One Call 651-454-0002 www.gopherstateonecall.org
WATER & SEWER Water Bills & City Sewer 952-949-8382 WASTE DISPOSAL Eden Prairie refuse haulers are required to collect recyclables, including newsprint, glass, cardboard and plastics. Some choose to collect additional materials. Eden Prairie refuse haulers may provide additional services ; contact your hauler for information.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Eden Prairie Post Office 8725 Columbine Rd. 952-944-7186 ZIP Codes 55344, 55346, 55347 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon ZIP Code Information: 1-800-2758777 www.usps.com
GOVERNMENT VOTING INFORMATION
MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE
You must be registered to vote. If you have changed your name or address since registering, you must complete a new registration application. By registering prior to Election Day, your name and address will appear on the polling place roster. An individual may register any time before the 20th day preceding any election, on Election Day at the polling locations or when submitting an absentee ballot. Registration applications are available at city and township offices, libraries and the county auditor’s office. If you changed your address, you may register to vote when you change your driver’s license. To register on Election Day, you must have a State of Minnesota recognized identification showing your present address on it. For detailed local election information, visit the City of Eden Prairie Website at www.edenprairie.org.
Senate Information 651-296-0504 www.senate.mn Sen. David Hann, District 48 (R) 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., State Office Building 147 St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-1749 Term expires Dec. 31, 2016 House Information 651-296-2146 www.house.leg.state.mn.us Rep. Yvonne Selcer, District 48A (DFL) 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 523 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-3964 firstname.lastname@example.org Term expires Dec. 31, 2016 Rep. Jenifer Loon, District 48B (R) 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 261 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-7449
email@example.com Term expires Dec. 31, 2016 CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES Gov. Mark Dayton (D) 116 Veterans Service Building 20 W 12th Street St. Paul, MN 55155 www.mn.gov/governor Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St. St. Paul, MN 55101 651-296-3353 Email at torney. general@s tate . mn.us Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) 180 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-2803 www.sos.state.mn.us State Auditor Rebecca Otto (D) 525 Park St., #500 St. Paul, MN 55103 651-296-2551 www.auditor.state.mn.us
UNITED STATES U.S. SENATE Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D) 302 Hart Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov 1200 Washington Ave. S., Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 612-727-5220 Sen. Al Franken (D) 309 Hart Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5641 www.franken.senate.gov 60 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107 651-221-1016 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Rep. Erik Paulsen (R–3rd District) 127 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515 1-202-225-2871 www.paulsen.house.gov 250 Prairie Center Drive, #230, Eden Prairie 952-405-8510 Term expires Dec. 31, 2016
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Jai Bowie and Cheryl Matson of Eden Prairie do push-ups with Jack and Ava during Eden Prairie’s Hometown Celebration on July 3. “You have to get your workout in when you can,” Matson said. Right — Celia Timm and Mark Henry of Eden Prairie staffed the city’s Mobile Cafe, which offers healthy food options at events. (Photos by Karla Wennerstrom)
FITNESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
den Prairie makes it easy for residents to focus on a healthy, active lifestyle. “It’s just a matter of taking advantage of all that Eden Prairie has to offer,” said resident Tori Hill. “It’s right at your fingertips. You can walk to it. You can bike to it. It’s just easily accessible.” Think 10,000 lakes is good, Minnesota? Eden Prairie has 10,000 acres of land dedicated for parks and open space. The plan is for every resident to have a recreation option within a half mile of their home, and that goal is expected to be realized soon with the development of the city’s last park, Cedar Hills Park. “I think Eden Prairie really promotes wellness, in a lot of different ways that people can take advantage of,” said Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools President Sarah Cheesman. The city, community groups and athletic associations offer a variety of fitness and volunteer activities, including the new Eden Prairie Miracle League Field that opened this summer. The city’s community gardens are popular. Free fitness in the park programs are offered most days of the week in the summer. A recent addition is a food trailer bringing healthy options to community events such as the Fourth of July. “The Senior Center is a nice added bonus,” Hill said, in addition to Eden Prairie Community Center programs, the new Aquatics Center, Community Education and city wellness activities. “We have a nice cross-section of ages and demographics, but we also face an aging population,” said Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon. “How well Eden Prairie has responded and continues to respond to that will be an important part of the fabric of the city.”
”It’s just a matter of taking advantage of all that Eden Prairie has to offer.”
— Resident Tori Hill Having seen the options available for seniors in the community, Loon said, “I’ve been very impressed with the sophistication, the quality and the convenience of those senior facilities.” Eden Prairie offers a wealth of health-care options, including clinics, urgent care and emergency room facilities as well as dental, optometry and chiropractic providers.
HOSPITALS Fairview Southdale Hospital 6401 France Ave., Edina 952-924-5000 www.fairview.org Methodist Hospital 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park 952-993-5000 www.parknicollet.com/ methodist
Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple St., Waconia 952442-2191 www.ridgeviewmedical.org St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee 952-428-3000 www.stfrancis-shakopee.com
LOOKING FOR A NEW HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IN EDEN PRAIRIE? Fairview Clinics is an easy choice.
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Wondercure performs on June 29 at Staring Lake Amphitheatre. Pictured, from left, are Dave Lindahl, John Herzog, Bob Lindahl, Rob Friedlein and Mike Lupo; not pictured: Dave Keiski. The crowd enjoys Synergy from Round Lake Park. ( Photos by Karla Wennerstrom and Patty Dexter)
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y the numbers, Eden Prairie has more than 4,500 acres of open-space wetlands, more than 1,000 acres of active-use parkland, nearly 200 miles of sidewalks and trails, more than 100 ponds and 17 lakes. There are conservation areas, historic farmsteads, ball fields, playgrounds, an archery range, public beaches, fishing piers, skating rinks, community gardens, tennis courts, pickleball courts, in addition to facilities like the Eden Prairie Art Center and Senior Center. New this year are updated playgrounds at Hidden Ponds Park and Pheasant Woods Park and the second phase of the Eden Prairie Aquatics Center at the Eden Prairie Community Center, with a zero-depth pool, hot tub and water slide. A new play area at Staring Lake Park is set to feature an art and music theme, fitting in with the nearby Staring Lake Amphitheatre. Round Lake Park’s second phase continues with work on the ballfields and parking lots. Work could start this year on Cedar Hills Park, the last major park planned for the city. Making use of all the park facilities are a variety of organizations including clubs and athletic associations. “We have a nice variety of organizations where everybody can link in and volunteer,” said resident Tori Hill. Former Eden Prairie Community Foundation Board Chair Doug Loon said that group provided him a unique vantage point to assess the community’s services and volunteer organizations. “What I witnessed from that viewpoint was that we have a deeply caring community that gives back,” he said. That strengthens the fabric of the community and “demonstrates a willingness to give back and support the values of the community,” he said.
“What I witnessed from that viewpoint was that we have a deeply caring community that gives back.”
— Former Eden Prairie Foundation Board Chair Doug Loon “That organization continues to grow and support other organizations while at the same time being a leader in bringing those organizations together to make sure services are provided and needs met,” Loon said. The new Miracle League field at Flying Cloud Fields along Pioneer Trail is open, giving children with disabilities a chance to participate on a baseball team. Residents enjoy hiking, pickleball, biking, paddleboarding, fishing, boating, swimming, geocaching, snowshoeing and more and visit the Eden Prairie Senior Center, Staring Lake Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie Library, Eden Prairie Art Center, Cummins-Phipps-Grill and Riley-Jacques homesteads and Smith-Douglas-More Dunn Bros.
LEISURE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation 952-949-8442 Eden Prairie Baseball Association www.epbaseball.com Eden Prairie Basketball Association – Boys www.epbba.org Eden Prairie Basketball Association – Girls www.epgba.org Eden Prairie Football Association www.edenprairiefootball.com Hockey Association of Eden Prairie www.ephockey.com Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association www.eplacrosse.com Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club www.tcyrc.org Eden Prairie Track & Field Assoc. www.eptfa.org Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club www.edenprairiefsc.org Snowdrifters Eden Prairie Soccer Association www.edenprairiesoccer.org Eden Prairie Soccer Club www.epsoccerclub.com Eden Prairie Fast-Pitch Association – Girls Softball www.epfastpitch.com Aquajets Swim Team of Eden Prairie www.aquajets.com Eden Prairie Foxjets Swim Team www.teamfoxjet.com Eden Prairie Volleyball Association www.epvolleyball.com Eden Prairie Wrestling Club www.epwrestlingclub.org
ART OFFERINGS Youth and Family Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation offers classes and activities in the arts, music and movement, drama and theater for infants through age 12. These programs are offered during the day, after school and during school breaks. Specific programs are included in the Parks and Recreation Program Guide, which is published in August, November and March. Call 952-949-8470 to receive a mailed copy of the current brochure or go to edenprairie. org/parksbrochure for an online version.
Eden Prairie Art Center 7650 Equitable Drive 952-949-8304 The Eden Prairie Art Center, located at 7650 Equitable Drive, officially opened its doors in May 2009. What began with the gift of a 5,400-square-foot building from the family of Roger Sampson, a former Eden Prairie resident who built the building in 1995 as a place to create art, has now become a place where community members of all ages can explore new and exciting art forms, learn a new talent, develop an existing gift and appreciate all that the world of art has to offer. Visit edenprairie.org/artcenter Summer Concert Series Every summer since 1983, the city of Eden Prairie has offered concerts in the parks. These began as a six-week series — one night a week — at Round Lake Park and moved to the new Staring Lake Park Amphitheater in 1990. The concerts are held on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at Staring Lake Park. Art at the Senior Center 8950 Eden Prairie Rd. Hours (free public viewing): enter through the main front doors between 8 a.m. –4 p.m. Arts in the Park This annual art fair is held in May and offers visitors an opportunity to stroll around the fabulous scenery of Purgatory Creek Park (13001 Technology Drive) and peruse artwork of all types from local vendors and artists. The event is free of charge. Eden Prairie Players – Community Theatre The Eden Prairie Players provide high-quality theater to Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas. The group’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the people of greater Eden Prairie, through the theater experience by inspiring, nurturing, challenging, educating and empowering artists, audiences and volunteers. The Eden Prairie Players annually produce a musical, one play and a youth theater company one-act series. They also offer acting classes and perform at dinner theaters and other theater venues in the community. To learn more about auditions, productions, classes and news, request to be added to the mailing
Eden Prairie’s annual Arts in the Park event drew a crowd to Purgatory Creek Park. (Photo by Karla Wennerstrom) Band and the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band. The band is also home to the Prairie Schooners (Dixieland). Open to adults who live or work in Eden Prairie, all instrumentalists are needed and residents are invited to join the group at any rehearsal (Central Middle School in Eden Prairie, Thursdays at 7 p.m.). For more information, contact the city of Eden Prairie at 952-9498455. Visit edenprairie.org to find a list of upcoming concerts.
list by contacting Lindsey Danhauser, Art Center Coordinator, at 952-949-8304 or ldanhauser@ edenprairie.org. Or visit the Eden Prairie Players Website at edenprairieplayers.com. Eden Prairie Community Band The Eden Prairie Community Band is an adult band of more than 50 musicians that performs yearround in Eden Prairie and neighboring communities. The band has two components: a Concert
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Top — With home plate in his sights, Riley Anderson’s run-scoring celebration started on the third base line. And yes, smiles are contagious. Eden Prairie’s Miracle Field hosted its first games in July. Right — Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources commissioners visited the playground under construction at Staring Lake Park in July. (Photos by Daniel Huss and Karla Wennerstrom)
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n July, residents came together to celebrate the opening of the Eden Prairie Miracle League Field, the culmination of five years of work led by residents (epmiracle.com). It’s just one of the many projects led by community groups – in addition to several city projects each year – that have made Eden Prairie a better place to live and work. More than 98 percent of Eden Prairie residents surveyed rate its quality of life as good or excellent – and that’s been consistent for years. Outside groups that compile rankings agree. Eden Prairie appears on a number of “best of” lists each year. It’s been rated one of the Best Places to Live in the country by Money Magazine several times, reaching No. 1 in 2010, No. 3 in 2012 and No. 2 this year. “Any time you go anywhere outside of Eden Prairie, people know Eden Prairie,” said Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools Executive Director Sarah Cheesman. “They know of its great reputation.” Tori Hill and her husband, Leon, travel a lot. “We notice that when we return to Minnesota, it’s easy to say there’s no place like home,” Hill said. “I would highly rate it A-1.” Eden Prairie is known for its quality of life, parks and open spaces, low crime rate, easy access to transportation and quality
“We came here to Eden Prairie to find a place to settle down and raise a family and we got what we were hoping for.”
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schools. The city has even been honored for being innovative in its snow removal. Eden Prairie is served by the Eden Prairie School District (272), Minnetonka Public Schools, and private schools including the International School of Minnesota. Eden Prairie is also home to Hennepin Technical College, ITT Technical Institute and Rasmussen College. “The school system is top notch,” says Eden Prairie resident Grant Henry. “Both of my kids went all the way through Eden Prairie schools from preschool to high school. I can’t say enough good things about the school system. That’s really what attracted us in the first place and kept us here. “We came here to Eden Prairie to find a place to settle down and raise a family and we got what we were hoping for,” Henry said.
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8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie Mark A. Weber, Executive Director 952-949-8499 The Eden Prairie Foundation is dedicated to fostering pride in Eden Prairie through support of community organizations and projects that create a better quality of life and make the city a special place to live and work. It is a 501(c) (3) qualified non-profit organization. Its 16-member board is composed of persons selected by the City Council, School Board and civic and service organizations located in Eden Prairie, Chairs of the Ball Committee and other community volunteers. In addition to proceeds from the annual Foundation Ball and other events, and charitable contributions through its Century Club, it also receives gifts in honor or in memory of community members, estate be-
EDUCATION Three school districts serve the residents of Eden Prairie. The Eden Prairie district (272) covers the largest territory. The other two districts are Minnetonka (276) and Hopkins (270). EDEN PRAIRIE ISD 272 Eden Prairie Schools’ legacy of excellence is built on academics, arts and athletics. The district’s students, teachers, schools and programs regularly receive recognition locally and nationally for innovation and high achievement. The district prepares more students to go to college and achieve a degree than any other public school system in the area. Eden Prairie Schools is comprised of eight schools, and a broad com-
munity education program that includes pre-school and early childhood programs. The schools work to educate children through a rigorous and enriching curriculum, encompassing all students at all levels. The district’s digital initiative, i-Learn@EP, works to merge technology and curriculum into one cohesive model, and place technology into the hands and minds of every student. The district has a long-standing reputation of exceptional scores on standardized tests and college entrance exams. Outside of the classroom the district offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to help broaden the student experience, and develop talents and champions. For more information about Eden Prairie Schools visit the district’s website at www.edenpr.org, or call 952-975-7150. Administrative Services Center 8100 School Rd., Eden Prairie General information 952-975-7000 email@example.com www.edenpr.org
This building houses all of the school district’s central administrators. For information regarding the school district, check out its website. From there you can access websites for each school in the district. Administration Curt Tryggestad Superintendent 952-975-7011 EDEN PRAIRIE SCHOOL BOARD The Eden Prairie School Board is the district’s governing body. It is composed of seven members, each of whom is a district resident elected by its voters. Meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to speak should call the superintendent’s office at 952-975-7015 in advance so that time may be reserved. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Dave Espe - 952-294-0344 Ranee Jacobus -61 2-75 0 -1522 John Kohner- 952-250-8164 Elaine Larabee - 61 2- 8 45 - 4 671 Greg Lehman - 952-381-7308
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District Service Center 5621 Co. Rd. 101, Minnetonka 55345 General Information 952-401-5000 www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us Minnetonka Schools are focused on world-class child-centered excellence. Minnetonka Schools lead the state as a district of choice through open enrollment. Fiscal responsibility and a Moody’s Aaa bond rating have insured financial stability and a strong future for the district. In total there are six elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), one high school (9-12), and a community education center that houses many of the district’s early childhood, youth and adult programs. Minnetonka Public Schools offers a variety of learning opportunities for families, including Chinese or Spanish Immersion at every school, beginning in kindergarten. In additional to math, reading and writing,
Preschool teacher Jennifer Wartick reads “Deep Sea Dive” by Salina Yoon to students during Eden Prairie Community Education’s nonschool day on April 1. (Photo by Patty Dexter) fine arts, computer coding, digital citizenship, STEM and physical education are part of every child’s elementary education. Minnetonka High School offers accelerated courses, including pre-engineering and architectural design, as well as dozens of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma courses and VANTAGE, Minnetonka’s Advanced Professional Studies program.
ADMINISTRATION Dennis Peterson Superintendent MINNETONKA SCHOOL BOARD The school board is the district’s governing body. It is composed of seven members, each of whom is a district resident elected at-large by district voters. Board meetings usually are held the first Thursday of the month, at the District Service Center located at 5621 Co. Rd. 101, Minnetonka. Meetings
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are open to the public. Citizens can address the board on any subject during “Community Comments” at the beginning of each meeting. School Board members are elected in odd-numbered years. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Mark Ambrosen - 952-470-2235 Katie Becker - 612-281-0025 Heidi Garcia - 952-934-2289 John Holcomb - 952-470-5357 Pam Langseth - 952-470-8858 Lisa Sumner - 952-470-0903 Lisa Wagner - 952-474-2205 FACILITIES Clear Springs Elementary (K-5) 5701 Co. Rd. 101, Minnetonka 952-401-6953 Deephaven Elementary (K-5) 4452 Vine Hill Rd., Deephaven 952-401-6900 Excelsior Elementary (K-5) 441 Oak St., Excelsior 952-401-5650 Groveland Elementary (K-5) 17310 Minntonka Blvd., Minnetonka 952-401-5600 Minnewashta Elementary (K-5)
HOPKINS ISD 270 1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins, MN 55305 952-988-4000 www.hopkinsschools.org Hopkins Public Schools is an award-winning, high achieving school district that serves more than 800 Eden Prairie households primarily in the northeastern part of Eden Prairie. The levels in the Hopkins School District are: elementary (K-6); junior high (7-
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PROGRAMS AARP – American Association of Retired Persons Mall of America 952-858-9040 Catholic Charities 612-204-8500 Hennepin County Services for Seniors 612-348-4500 Jewish Family & Children’s Service 952-698-0767 Lutheran Social Services 651-642-5990 Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. 651-641-8612 Prairie Adult Care 16200 Berger Dr. 952-949-3126 RSVP – Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 952-945-4161
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A LOOK BACK AT EP BEFORE THE BOOM BY BETSY ADAMS AND KATHIE CASE EDEN PRAIRIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
den Prairie’s population in 1860 was a mere 304 people. By the 1960 census Eden Prairie’s population had inched up to 3,233. It had more miles of paved roads and fewer farms, with one foot in the agrarian past and one foot in the suburban future. In 1962 Eden Prairie residents voted to restructure their system of municipal government by incorporating the township into the Village of Eden Prairie with a mayor and city council. The first meeting of the Eden Prairie Village Council was at the American Legion Hall that was on Eden Prairie Road; and the building that houses today’s Senior Center was the village’s first City Hall. Through the 1950s, Miller Store on Eden Prairie Road was still in business, all four oneroom schoolhouses still stood and scores of farm houses and barns stood sentry over their fields. New civic organizations were being formed such as the Lions and Lioness clubs, Optimists and the Historical Society, as well as our first Police Department and Fire Department. The 1924 Consolidated School (today serving as the School District’s Administration Building) was for many years the town’s elementary and high school. A new Eden Prairie High School, built in 1961, today is the Central Middle School. The high school football program was introduced in 1960. Prior to that Homecoming was a basketball celebration. Eden Prairie was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 that appropriated $25 billion for the construction of 40,000 miles of interstate highways. As a result, Highway 494 construction began in the late 1950s and was completed 1985. Eden Prairie’s availability
The 1924 Consolidated School (today the School District’s Administrative Services Center) was for many years the town’s elementary and high school. A new Eden Prairie High School was built in 1961 which today is Central Middle School.
Helen and Earl More enjoyed their morning coffee under their grapevine arbor 50 years ago and today we can do the same at their home, now know as the Smith-Douglas-More House Dunn Bros. (Photos courtesy of the Eden Prairie Historical Society)
The Wye Cafe at the Flying Red Horse Mobil Station when it was still serving customers.
of land for housing development and business expansion and the soon-to-be easy access to a highway system jump-started Eden Prairie’s mid-century transformation. What sort of businesses and amenities were part of the Eden Prairie scene back then? In 1934, Eden Prairie had three different postal service sites in town but then Eden Prairie was merged with Hopkins Post Office and it took until 1965 to get service returned to Village Hall. The closest hospitals were in Shakopee, St. Louis Park and the newly built Fairview in Edina. Depending on where you lived in Eden Prairie your family might shop in Hopkins, Shakopee, Bloomington or Excelsior for most of their groceries and goods but closer by there were Lil Red, now Holiday Gas on Eden Prairie Road and Windy Hill Grocery Store located where Prairie Lawn & Garden is today. We had Cedar Hills for skiing in the winter and golf in the sum-
mer, horse back riding stables with trails around Red Rock and Staring Lakes and snowmobiling was popular on Lake Riley as well as along the highways. Most socializing for local teens took place at school function or church functions and at friends’ houses but also popular were Flying Cloud Drive In, Lookout Park on Highway 212 and the Purple Barn, an alcohol-free dance club. The Wye Cafe at the Flying Red Horse Mobil Station, Margie and Don’s Organ Bar on Pioneer Trail and Dutch’s Resort on Lake Riley were all still serving the community. Many of our favorite Eden Prairie destinations are also historic landmarks. You can still enjoy a hamburger at Lion’s Tap on the corner of Spring Road and Highway 212. The building was once the Peterson family vegetable stand then, in 1958, became Sears Lyons hamburger joint. Earl and Helen More enjoyed their morning coffee under their
One spot for socializing was Lookout Park, now on Flying Cloud Drive (and off limits to visitors). grapevine arbor 50 years ago and today we can do the same at their home on that same patio, now know as Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop at the Smith-DouglasMore House. The Riley-Jacques Barn and Homestead still grace the shores of Riley Lake. The land is public parkland and the barn is an event rental property and enjoyed by many during community summer celebrations. And on Pioneer Trail we have the Cummins-Phipps-Grill Homestead with events hosted by the Eden Prairie Historical Society, for instance Santa visits every December! Since mid-century Eden Prairie’s population and development have exploded, bringing profound changes to the face and pace of the area. It’s hard to see and reconnect with our agrarian roots but if you look carefully and use your imagination, you can most certainly find and feel some Eden Prairie history.
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Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce members mingle during the After Hours event to showcase the Wings of the North Air Museum on May 5, 2016. Right — Legislators, chamber representatives and city officials gathered for a transportation forum in May at Eden Prairie City Center. (Photos by Patty Dexter and Karla Wennerstrom)
EDEN PRAIRIE IS A ONE-STOP SHOP
ou can pretty much find anything you want in Eden Prairie,” says Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools Executive Director Sarah Cheesman. The business community is thriving and diverse, from homebased entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies C.H. Robinson and Supervalu. The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce has almost 450 members representing more than 32,000 area employees, according to its website, and more than 6,000 attendees at its events throughout the year. In Eden Prairie, the city, schools and businesses often work together on projects, including a survey. Survey results released in December 2015 revealed that about 90 percent of business leaders would grade the city’s business climate at an A or B. The polling consultant called that “a very strong endorsement of the climate here.” Offices, industrial areas, restaurants, stores and hotels are located throughout the community. Resident Grant Henry actually pointed out the city’s zoning. “Overall, the community was planned extremely well,” Henry said, making it easy to complete several errands at a time. “It’s a great place to raise a family.” With the upgrades and reinvestment ongoing, including an upgraded children’s play area and AMC Theatres, Eden Prairie Center mall is even more of a destination. Cheesman pointed out the variety, from major retailers to local shops. “I think people do want those big box stores, but I also think it’s fun to have locally owned stores by people who are investing in the community and want to stay here,” Cheesman said. Resident Tori Hill said that you’ll find established companies as well as start-ups. Transportation is convenient with the proximity to major highways, SouthWest Transit bus service and Flying Cloud
“You can pretty much find anything you want in Eden Prairie.”
— Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools Executive Director Sarah Cheesman
Airport. Redevelopment is underway for businesses along the path of the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line. “I would almost consider Eden Prairie a one-stop shop,” said Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon. “It’s got virtually everything you could ask for in terms of service and retail, to meet the needs of its citizens. “It provides a terrific balance between leisure activities, convenience to services and a large employment base that allows the community to stand out among others in the region and the state,” Loon said. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce 11455 Viking Drive, Suite 270, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 944-2830 http://epchamber.org LOCAL MEDIA Eden Prairie News Published Thursday. Delivered by mail.
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den Prairie continues to be an economic driver for the Twin Cities region. The Eden Prairie business community boasts of an amazing diversity of businesses, including manufacturing, professional services, retail, entertainment, hospitality, sole proprietors and two Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. In addition, it has a robust shopping mall – Eden Prairie Center — that continues to be near capacity for stores at any given time. Other unique features of the community include transportation options to and from downtown Minneapolis and other areas via SouthWest Transit. Plus, a reliever airport (Flying Cloud) that is utilized by businesses in the Twin Cities and
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den Prairie is a pet-friendly community, says Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon, and pet owners are friendly too. “There are terrific walking and hiking trails and parks,” he said. “Pet owners are also cognizant of picking up after and taking care of their pets well and I think that reflects well on the community.” For a town of animal lovers, the city offers six off-leash exercise areas plus Bryant Lake Regional Park’s off-leash dog area and two miles of dog trails. Small dogs have their own space at the dog park at Staring Lake Park. Resident Tori Hill pointed out that access to health care and supplies for animals is excellent in the community, with options for veterinary care, emergency veterinary care, pet stores and even pet hotels. “It’s very easy to own a pet in Eden Prairie,” said Sarah Cheesman, executive director of the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools. There are frequent pet adoption days at local pet stores. Eden Prairie is served by the Carver-Scott Humane Society, which is celebrating 25 years this year; Southwest Metro Animal Rescue and Adoption Society and Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota. Eden Prairie is home to a variety of veterinary clinics, pet stores and other businesses catering to pets. The city offers animal-related classes and events, including its popular Animal Open House, plus monthly open houses, at Staring Lake Outdoor Center. The refurbished cabin at 13765
“Pet owners are also cognizant of picking up after and taking care of their pets well and I think that reflects well on the community.”
— Doug Loon, president, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
HUMANE SOCIETY CARVER-SCOTT HUMANE SOCIETY The Carver-Scott Humane Society serves Carver and Scott counties as well as a portion of Hennepin County. The organization has a location in downtown Chaska but the majority of all abandoned pets are housed in foster care until permanent adoption. The humane society frequently hosts pet adoption days. At the new space in downtown Chaska at 210 Chestnut Street North, the organization houses up to 12 cats on site. For more information about the Carver-Scott Humane Society, call (952) 368-3553 or visit www.carverscotths.org. Those interested in volunteering can fill out an application online, call or stop by 210 Chestnut Street North in Chaska.
Staring Lake Parkway is home to several animals that kids can visit. The center offers classes, workshops, trips and activities, including activities for scouting groups.
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