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Eden Prairie High School students cheer during an Eden Prairie football game at Aerie Stadium during the 2016 season. (Photo by Daniel Huss)


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2017-2018 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Regional Editor: Tim Engstrom \ Director of Operations: Laurie Hartmann Editorial Content: Patty Dexter, Daniel Huss Cover Design: Mike Gears \ Editorial Design: Barbara Tieben \ Advertising: Nancy Etzel Special thanks to the city of Eden Prairie and Eden Prairie School District for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Eden Prairie News, 1001 Twelve Oaks Center, Suite 1017, Wayzata, MN 55391. Copyright 20172018. Printed in the USA. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 952-445-3333 or send an email to

Cover photo by: Patty Dexter Veterans are honored at Purgatory Creek Park.


elcome to the 2017-2018 Eden Prairie Lifestyle Guide. We love Eden Prairie. It’s more than the curvy streets, outstanding schools, good government, a great reputation and an apt moniker. It’s the people who make this city such a treasured place. They are genuine, supportive and trusting. It’s a suburb that thinks big while retaining small-town sense of community. The 2017-2018 Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and email addresses. Keep it handy and use it often. Of course, Eden Prairie is on the move, so changes do 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 Regional Editor Tim Engstrom at 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. 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. This year, it was recognized for its community beaches. A community of more than 63,000 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 trails and 2,250 acres for parks. 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.


The Eden Prairie Art Center is a city-owned facility that welcomes the public. Its mission is to foster creativity in Eden Prairie and enhance the quality of life. Its address is 7650 Equitable Drive. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

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A bicyclist glides by on one of the several trails through the 33-acre Lake Riley Park, home to a popular swimming beach. The park offers two softball fields, two tennis courts, six pickleball courts, four beach volleyball courts, a playground, a picnic pavilion, beach, fishing pier and boat launch. The park also includes the historic Riley-Jacques Farmstead and the Dorenkemper House. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

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63,228 63,406 63,914

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14.2% Foreign born Between 2011 and 2015 EDUCATION

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2011-2015

60.9% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2011-2015


Home ownership rate, 2010-2014

85.6% Living in same house 1 year and over $303,600 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2011-2015 2.56 Persons per household $97,640 Median household income, 2010-2014 $52,818 Per capita income in past 12 months, 2015 dollars Source:




Several vintage planes were on display for people to view up close at the Wings of the North AirExpo at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie in July 2017. (Photo by Meghan Davy Sandvold)


den Prairie community events such as Schooner Days, Fourth of July and the Wing of the North’s AirExpo are big deals and attract big crowds. Eden Prairie also has an Arts Center, Community Center and Outdoor Center and Observatory. It’s home to a mall, where you can take in a movie or grab a bite to eat, an outdoor amphitheater featuring live performances, and parks, trails and paths. But you should see the eagles, the majestic bald eagles that nest and soar above the river bluffs, and the wingless Eagles that frequent Eden Prairie High School. “As a teacher with a 25-year Eden Prairie High School history, I’m a self-proclaimed Eden Prairie Super Fan,” said Kjersten Welter. “I follow everything from band, to choir, to Quiz Bowl, to lacrosse and hockey. “If you wanted,” she added, “you could go to an activity at the high school every night of the week.” One of Welter’s favorites include same-night performances from the school’s top band, top choir and top orchestra. “It’s like seeing a professional performance,” she said. “The concert is amazing and the kids are amazing.” Welter also can be found at the baseball diamond, football field, hockey rink, soccer pitch and softball field. Home football games deserve their own mentions. There’s obviously the football, consistently performed at one of the

“If you wanted to, you could go to an activity at the high school every night of the week.” Kjersten Welter Teacher and Eden Prairie Super Fan

highest levels in the state (Eden Prairie High School football teams have won 10 big-school state championships since 1996), but there’s also the halftime performances from one of the state’s best marching bands. Cheerleading teams, dance teams and pom squads also get their time under the lights. With crowds in excess of 5,000, football games are Eden Prairie’s largest community events. In the winter months, gymnasiums and ice rinks become centers of Eden Prairie’s attention. While Eden Prairie loves its home games, its Eagles are the go-between to some of the biggest venues in Minnesota. In the last year, for example, Eden Prairie teams have competed at Mariucci Arena, Ridder Arena, Xcel Energy Center and the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Having easy access to major highways makes nearby attractions local attractions. These include the Mall of America, Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Park, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Growing up in a college town in Iowa, Welter said her parents encouraged their kids to tell them what was going on, where to go and when to go. “Eden Prairie is the same way,” she said. “There’s an activity, sport, concert, play or whatever going on almost every night,” she said. “All you have to do is go.”

ATTRACTIONS PARKS EDEN PRAIRIE PARKS 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 Road. Its parks have shelters, playgrounds, boat launches, ballfields and ice skating rinks with warming houses. COMMUNITY PARKS Flying Cloud Fields 15219 Pioneer Trail 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 Road 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 Drive Gardens, a picnic pavilion, wetland, walking trails, a fountain and the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial are highlights of this area. Riley Lake Park 9180 Riley Lake Road Swimming beach, public boat ramp and fishing pier, as well as a fenced-in children’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 Riley-Jacques Farm is at this park. The barn has been restored and is available for public rental. Round Lake Park 16691 Valley View Road Eight tennis courts, themed

Visitors check out 3-D chalk art by Shawn McCann at Round Lake Park on July 4. (Photo by Patty Dexter) 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 Trail 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 Road Play structure, hiking trails and picnic area. Carmel Park 11610 Tyrell Drive Ballfield, two tennis courts and play structure.

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Creekwood Park 12341 Sunnybrook Road Ballfield, tennis court and full-size basketball court. Crestwood Park 9780 Dell Road 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 Trail 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 the park. Forest Hills Park 13708 Holly Road 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 Road Softball field, baseball field, two soccer fields, two tennis courts, basketball court and a play structure. Hidden Ponds Park 18300 Twilight Trail Baseball field, soccer field, basketball court and tennis court, and a play structure. Homeward Hills Park 12000 Silverwood Drive 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 rink, play structure, a soccer field, full basketball court, ice skating and warming house.

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Pheasant Woods Park 8420 Mitchell Road Ballfield, soccer field, play structure and trail connections to the neighborhood. Pioneer Park 8950 Eden Prairie Road Tennis courts, pickleball courts, hiking trails, play structure, formal flower garden and community garden plots. Prairie East Park 10379 Balsam Lane A tennis court, basketball court, play structure, ballfield and small pond. Prairie View Park 17255 Peterborg Road 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 in this park. Red Rock Lake Park 15416 Boulder Pointe Road One tennis court, a playground 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 ballfield. Rustic Hills Park 17465 Rustic Hills Drive 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 Road Baseball field, basketball court, tennis court and play structure. Wyndham Knoll Park 6525 Dell Road Ballfield, a soccer field, two tennis courts and a play structure. REGIONAL PARKS Three Rivers Park District 763-559-9000

Experience the Best of Every Season

Connor Goodson, 2, of Plymouth grins at his parents before the motorcycle ride starts during the 2017 Schooner Days. (Photo by Patty Dexter) Bryant Lake Regional Park 6800 Rowland Road, 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 three-season concession plaza, three-season pavilion, paved boat launch, fishing pier, swimming beach, boat rental building, 2.2mile turf hiking trail, 1-mile paved bike/hike trail, general picnic area, disc golf course, dog park and creative play area. The 2,000-square-foot pavilion can accommodate up to 150 people and features a small serving area, fireplace, tables and chairs. It is available for reservation Memorial Day through mid-October. The park is open April through mid-October. Hyland-Bush-Anderson Regional Park Reserve 10145 E. Bush Lake Road 763-694-7687 The park reserve is managed by the city of Bloomington and Three Rivers Park District and is along Highway 169 on the Eden Prairie-Bloomington border. Two of the Anderson Lakes lie in Eden Prairie, southwest of the intersection of Highway 169 and Interstate Highway 494. Currently, development of this area is limited to a paved trail off Anderson Lakes Parkway and following the south side of one of the Anderson Lakes. More than 7,200 feet of turf and woodchip trails have been added in recent years.

NATURE AREAS Outdoor Center 13765 Staring Lake Pkwy. 952-949-8479 On the north shore of Staring Lake, the Outdoor Center offers classes, birthday parties, trips and activities in the fields of outdoor recreation and environmental education. The Staring Lake Observatory is on the dock. Visit www. MN Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Drive Chanhassen 952-443-1400 The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers more than 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens, natural woodlands, wetlands and prairie, plant collections and displays. Walk, hike, cross-country ski more than eight miles of trails. Open 363 days a year. The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee 763-694-7784

The Best Fall Color Scarecrows, pumpkins, Tram tours, Nature walking play, hiking trails, AppleHouse.

Color Winter Spirits Bright Poinsettia tree, holiday lights, gift market, Santa, best snowshoe trails.

Natural Wonders of Spring Maple syrup, best tulips, crabapple blossoms, trails, waterfalls, tours, yoga.

RECREATION Eden Prairie Community Center 16700 Valley View Road 952-949-8470 West of the intersection of Eden Prairie Road and Valley View Road, the newly renovated Eden Prairie Community Center is equipped with an expanded fitness area

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ATTRACTIONS and group fitness studio, three indoor swimming pools, three indoor skating rinks, a child-care facility, play structure, expanded locker rooms, a family locker room, two racquetball courts, gymnasium, meeting facilities, a cafe’ and lounge area. Memberships are available at resident and nonresident rates. Daily visit fee, month-to-month payment programs and health insurance reimbursement options available. Visit www.edenprairie. org/communitycenter for more information. Minnesota Harvest 8251 Old Hwy. 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785 CAMPGROUNDS Baylor Regional Park 10775 County Road 33, Norwood Young America 952-466-5250 Carver Park Reserve 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria 763-559-9000

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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. TRAILS

A group of people gather on an April 2017 morning during open studio at the Eden Prairie Art Center to learn tips for using clay in a kiln. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

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. These lakes, with the exception of

Idlewild and Duck lakes, have city trail systems, parks or conservation areas adjacent to them for the enjoyment of these water resources by the community. 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.

Eden Prairie has more than 120 miles of bike trails, 13 miles of nature trails and scenic views through parks and conservation areas in the city. Parks and Trails guides are available at City Center at 8080 Mitchell Road. The light rail transit (LRT) south corridor trail is owned by the Hennepin County Regional Authority and is maintained by the Three Rivers Park District. The trail is 5.5-miles long and passes diagonally through Eden Prairie. Following an abandoned railroad bed, this crushed limestone trail is ideal for biking, walking or running. For more information, go to



hen it comes to culinary tastes, Eden Prairie offers a plethora of options — from a thriving restaurant scene to local food events that offer things hard to find elsewhere. The restaurant choices include fast casual, fast food, coffee shops and fine dining establishments. “This is one area that has greatly improved over recent years,” said Gary Stevens, an Eden Prairie resident for over 40 years. “We now have highly rated restaurants.” Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce President Pat MulQueeny said many restaurants offer opportunities for outdoor dining and listening to entertainment, especially during the summer months. “Eden Prairie is pretty blessed with having not only a lot of restaurants, but a wide variety,” he said. Want a taste from a different part of the world? Visitors and residents don’t have to travel far with the selection of ethnic restaurants that can be found in Eden Prairie. The city is home to several establishments offering cuisine from around the world, such as Chinese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, pan-Asian, Thai, Venezuelan and Vietnamese restaurants. Throughout the year, local clubs and organizations offer food-related annual events, many of which have become


Mike Thomas of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club slices ribs in June 2017 at Staring Lake Park as part of Ribfest. The Rotarians saw a long line of customers when the late afternoon rolled around. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

“Eden Prairie is pretty blessed with having not only a lot of restaurants, but a wide variety.” — Pat MulQueeny Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce president

community traditions. These include Eden Prairie Lions’ Schooner Days, offering carnival food and beer; Eden Prairie Lions’ Corn Feed, featuring all-you-can-eat corn; Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club’s RibFest where visitors can have a rib dinner, and Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary’s Vino Classico and Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s Prairie Brewfest, which are beer and wine tasting events. Stevens said his favorite event is Schooner Days. “It’s the premier event in Eden Prairie, and what better way to kick off summer? This is where you’ll find your neighbors and friends on the first weekend after Memorial Day. It’s been around for over 50 years and each year is better than the last,” he said. Additionally Eden Prairie is home to multiple grocery stores and residents can experience the community’s rich farm history with stands dotting the community. Picha Heritage Farms has fresh fruit and more and Marshall’s Farm Market sells meat, eggs, vegetables and fruit. There are two natural springs in the community where people often stop to fill their gallon jugs or water bottles. The Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area Spring is at 18700 Flying Cloud Drive and the Fredrick-Miller Spring is at 9995 Spring Road.

Bloomington resident Barbara Anderson fills jugs with water from the Fredrick-Miller Spring along Spring Road in Eden Prairie. “It’s the best tasting water anywhere,” she said. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

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n Eden Prairie’s logo, you will see the words, “Live, Work, Dream.” Eden Prairie City Council member Sherry Butcher Wickstrom, a 35-year-resident, believes there are several reasons why Eden Prairie lives up to that slogan. “Eden Prairie is one of the best small cities in America, and our city staff is the best in the business. We are known for our great parks and recreational experiences, a safe community, efficient use of resources, community events that provide a sense of place and beautiful natural resources,” she said. “Additionally, the city of Eden Prairie has a track record of having a AAA bond rating, one of the very few cities in Minnesota to earn the accolade. All these things combine is a testimony to a well-run city that has exceptional amenities for our residents.” Eden Prairie’s city government includes the elected City Council and six city commissions composed of volunteer, appointed members. The main city offices are in the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road. The city’s website,, features meeting videos, events calendars, news and staff blogs. The city also engages residents in different discussions through “City Connect” at and residents can report issues by downloading the “See Click Fix” app. For more information, call the city at 952-949-8300.

“Eden Prairie is one of the best small cities in America and our city staff is the best in the business. We are known for our great parks and recreational experiences, a safe community, efficient use of resources, community events that provide a sense of place and beautiful natural resources.” Sherry Butcher Wickstrom Eden Prairie City Council member

The City Center houses the Eden Prairie Police Department and the city’s 911 dispatch center for police and fire. The Eden Prairie Fire Department, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is headquartered in Fire Station No. 1 across the parking lot from the City Center. There are four total fire stations in the city. For emergencies, call 911; call 952-949-6200 for non-emergencies. “I am grateful to work with great thinkers who are committed to making the city of Eden Prairie exceptional,” Butcher Wickstrom said. Information on license renewals can be found at or by calling 612-348-3000. Visit gov or call 1-877-487-2778 for passport information. The Eden Prairie Library is at 565 Prairie Center Drive. For more information, call 612-543-6275 or visit


Most city questions can be answered at the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, where residents can obtain a building permit, learn about ordinances, attend meetings and visit a museum of Eden Prairie history. (Photo by Patty Dexter)


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Police, fire and medical 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 take place in even-numbered years on Election Day 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.


8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 TTY/TDD : 952-949-8399

MEETINGS Eden Prairie City Council Council Chambers at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of each month City Council meetings are televised live on EPTV cable channel 16, and rebroadcast several times throughout the week. Meetings are also streamed live at and are available on-demand within 24 hours of each meeting. 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 Rooms at City Center, 7 p.m. Meetings occur quarterly Heritage Preservation Commission Prairie Room 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 on the second Thursday of every month Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission Council Chambers at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month Planning Commission Council Chambers at City Center 7 p.m. Meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month Planning Commission meetings are televised live on EPTV cable channel 16, and rebroadcast several times throughout the week. Meetings are also streamed live at and are available on-demand within 24 hours of each meeting.

ORDINANCES Nancy Tyra-Lukens Mayor Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 952-949-8593 Email ntyra-lukens@


Brad Aho Councilor Term ends Dec. 31, 2020 952-303-6884 Email baho@

Sherry Butcher Wickstrom Councilor Term ends Dec. 31, 2018 612-296-3721 Email sbutcherwickstrom@

Ron Case Councilor

Kathy Nelson Councilor

Term ends Dec. 31, 2020 952-949-0915 Email rcase@

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City Ordinances Detailed information about Eden Prairie ordinances is available at Building Inspections Permits 952-949-8342 A city building permit is required before starting any new construction or alterations, additions and remodeling of a single-family home including: basement finishes, porches, re-roofing, re-siding, window installation and replacement, decks attached to the house and greater than 30 inches above the ground, pools, retaining walls greater than 4 feet high, fences over 7 feet high and sheds larger than 200 square feet. The city of Eden Prairie issues many permits online through an ePermits portal such as: re-roofing, residing, window and door replacement, furnace and air conditioning replacements, plumbing and duct work. Inspection scheduling and permit results are also available through the ePermits portal at ORDINANCE ADMINISTRATION Community Development Department 952-949-8485 The Community Development Department administers city of Eden Prairie zoning ordinances and codes. City Center offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, to answer questions related to your property or surrounding property.

GOVERNMENT 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 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 In the residential R1 zoning districts, all driveways shall be surfaced with bituminous, concrete, pavers of brick, natural stone, or concrete placed with gaps not exceeding 1/4 inch, turf block or grasscrete, and graded to dispose of or infiltrate all area surface water without damage to private or public properties, streets or alleys. The use of gravel, crushed rock, sand or dirt is prohibited except when used as gap material with pavers. The driveway must be at least 3 feet from a side lot line and shall not cross the extension

George Esbensen, current Eden Prairie Fire Department chief; Stan Riegert, a fire department charter member, and Spencer Conrad, the fire department’s third chief, pose for a photo at Fire Station No. 1 on Feb. 18. (Photo by Patty Dexter)

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Eden Prairie Police Lt. Dave Becker shares a high five with Dhanush (in blue) and Dev Gajera of Eden Prairie. Representatives of the Eden Prairie Police and Fire departments greeted trick or treaters at Halloween on the Mall in 2016. (File photo) of a property line to the curb line. There are traditionally 10 to 12 feet from the back of the curb to a lot line. The city suggests a driveway not be placed in the drainage and utility easement of a property, as utility lines including cable TV, electric, sewer, water and gas may be in the easement area. Permits are not required to install or replace a driveway unless a new curb cut is being created. 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,

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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 may be placed in street rights of way. This is usually 10 feet to 12 feet from the back of the curb. Plant material may not interfere with traffic site lines. Fences Permits are not required for construction of fences. Maximum height for a fence is 7 feet. Fences may be located next to a property line. However, if the fence is placed next to the lot line, you may need to go on your neighbor’s property for repairs or maintenance. If a fence is placed on the corner of a lot by the street, you should allow sufficient setback of the fence so it will not block views of vehicles at the intersection. The city suggests you have a copy of the property survey before you install your fence to show location of lot lines. The curb line is not the property line. The city has no architecture control standards for fences. Private covenants and restrictions through a homeowner’s

association may prohibit fences or suggest some architectural controls. Contact Gopher State One Call at 651-454-0002 before digging fence post holes, as required by law. Fences Around Pools All in-ground swimming pools located outside are required to have a fence at least 4 feet in height and a maximum height of 6 feet surrounding the pool. The fence must be at least 4 feet from the pool’s edge. The bottom of the fence or wall around the pool shall be no higher than 4 inches above the surface of the ground. Fence openings or points of entry to the pool area shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching lockable gates. 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. Recreational Vehicle Parking Parking or storing a recreational vehicle (RV) is allowed in a residential zoning district provided certain requirements are met. These include having not more than two RVs stored outside and that they are not more than 12 feet in height. Requirements also deal with setback, storage surface, time of storage and other factors. RVs may not be used for living quarters or connected to water/sanitary sewer. The city suggests talking with neighbors before placement of an RV on your lot. In addition, your neighborhood or lot may have private covenants or agreements that prohibit or limit the parking of RVs. This covenant or agreement would supersede the city regulations. Home Occupation A home occupation/business may occur in the Rural, Single-Family or Multiple zoning districts provided code regulations are maintained. A home occupation/business shall be conducted in a dwelling and clearly be incidental or secondary to the use of the structure as a dwelling. It shall not be conducted in an accessory structure or outbuilding. No equipment or supplies associated with a home occupation/business shall be stored outside. One sign of not more than 1 square foot is allowed and must be 10 feet from the property line. The home occupation/business shall be carried on only by members of a family residing in the dwelling and not more than one nonresident of the dwelling. Not more than one truck greater than three-fourths-ton capacity associated with a home occupation/ business and no semitractor-trailers may be stored on-site. 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.



As mayor, I’m often asked what brings people to Eden Prairie. My answer is, no matter what life situations bring new residents to Eden Prairie, the key attributes of our community that attract them are the outstanding schools and the city’s incredible parks, trails and amenities. And once they come, most don’t want to leave. Eden Prairie’s high quality of life makes it an ideal environment for living through all stages of life — from young families with kids to seniors. Our residents rate the quality of life well above average in our biennial Quality of Life surveys, and the city is consistently ranked highly by local and national publications as a great place to live. In fact, Eden Prairie has now occupied the top three spots on Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Live! Eden Prairie has all the outdoor amenities you’d expect from a city

Yard Waste All yard waste must be disposed 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. Though the city of Eden Prairie is responsible for the removal of snow or ice from sidewalks or trails abutting several

of its size, but it also has unique offerings such as dog parks, an archer y range, disc golf courses, a skate plaza and an outdoor amphitheater. Nancy During the Tyra-Lukens summer our 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 match. When winter arrives, the outdoor 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 city also operates popular recreational centers that offer endless choices for learning, exercising and socializing. The Eden Prairie

Community Center is an actionpacked gathering place featuring three ice arenas, a gymnasium and state-of-the-art fitness center and the newly expanded aquatics center. Opportunities for physical activity abound with a generous selection 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. On the north shore of Staring Lake is a refurbished cabin called the Outdoor Center, where a wide range of outdoor recreation and environmental education classes and activities are offered. It’s also the site of the Staring Lake Observatory, which houses one of the largest telescopes in the state of Minnesota. The Art Center fosters creativity in our community by providing access to the arts for people of all ages and abilities, and offering exceptional programs ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics

Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Director Jay Lotthammer, left, City Manager Rick Getschow and Police Chief Jim DeMann pose for a photo during Schooner Days, on June 2. (Photo by Patty Dexter) 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 cessation of the precipitation. For more information, call 952-9498300.

and glass fusing. Open studio times are also available. The hub of activity for adults and seniors of all ages is the Senior Center. Staff members work with seniors to organize many activities and events, including health and wellness seminars, special events, exciting trips, stimulating clubs and other social activities. What defines Eden Prairie most as a city is the sense of community, which is strengthened by hallmark events that bring people together like the Fourth of July Hometown Celebration, Sounds Around Town Summer Concert Series and Night to Unite. I hope that every resident of Eden Prairie feels the amount of pride I do about our community. It’s gratifying to receive recognition from others about being among the best places to live in America, but only we truly understand why. To learn more about living in Eden Prairie, visit Nancy Tyra-Lukens is the mayor of Eden Prairie.

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 before 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 citycode for more information. 2016-2017 |





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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.

TTY/TDD : 612-349-5456

Mike Freeman Hennepin County Attorney 612-348-5550 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Hennepin County Public Works Facility in Medina (Photo by Tim Engstrom)

Rich Stanek Hennepin County Sheriff (612) 348-3744 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Mike Opat

Linda Higgins

Marion Green

Commissioner, District 1 612-348-7881 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Commissioner, District 2 612-348-7882 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Commissioner, District 3 612-348-7883 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

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, visit

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Peter McLaughlin

Deb Goettel

Jan Callison

Jeff Johnson

Commissioner, District 4 612-348-7884 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Commissioner, District 5 612-348-7885 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Commissioner, District 6 612-348-7886 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Commissioner, District 7 612-348-7887 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

GOVERNMENT FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Tipline 1-888-988-TIPS Child Protection Services 612-348-4111 Drop-off facilities 612-348-3777 Elections 612-348-5151 Emergency Food Shelter PROP (People Reaching Out to Other 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 612-340-7400 Veterans Services 612-348-3300

LIBRARIES Eden Prairie Library 565 Prairie Center Dr. 612-543-6275 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, Viet-

Eden Prairie firefighter Dan Bird helps Zach Moore, 8, spray a fire hose on Moonlight Lane. (Photo by Patty Dexter) namese 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 “Ask Us" information service at 612-543-KNOW, or text “hclib" to 66746 or The Hennepin County Library system is affiliated with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), which allows Hennepin County Library cardholders 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.

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 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 individuals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 187 communities. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chairperson.

TRANSPORTATION SouthWest Transit 13500 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-2BUS (2287) 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 Universit y of Minnesota,

Monday-Friday, from the following Park-and-Ride locations: Carver Station, Carver; 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.

UTILITIES Before You Dig Gopher State One Call 651-454-0002 Electricity Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 Electric outage 1-800-895-1999 Minnesota Valley Electric 952-492-2313 Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy 1-800-245-2377 Billing info/new service 612-372-4727 Suspected gas leak 612-372-5050 Repair service 612-372-4727 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. 2016-2017 |


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GOVERNMENT WATERSHEDS Watershed management organizations and watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area participate in water planning and implementation. Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District 952-607-6512 Nine Mile Creek Watershed District 952-835-2078 Lower Minnesota River Watershed District 763-545-7659


Kellie Stecher helps Addison, 1.5, with a fire hose at the Eden Prairie Citywide Open House in October 2016. (File photo)

Eden Prairie Post Office 8725 Columbine Road 952-944-7186 ZIP Codes 55344, 55346, 55347 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

ECONOMICAL AND CONVENIENT, SouthWest Transit will take you where you want to go! Award-winning transit agency for Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Express bus service Monday through Friday to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. Plus, Twins Vikings and Gopher games!

Get a ride at the push of a button with SW Prime. Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (Last Ride Request at 6:00 p.m.)

For more information and to see schedules: 952-949-2287 • •

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GOVERNMENT ZIP Code Information: 1-800-275-8777

VOTING INFORMATION 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 Eden Prairie School District Elections When held in conjunction with city or state elections, the Eden Prairie polling places are the same as those used in the primary or general elections. When not held in conjunction with city or state elections, they are combined at the following four locations: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 Immanuel Lutheran Church 16515 Luther Way Precincts 4, 7, 8, 11 & 12 St. Andrew Lutheran Church 13600 Technology Drive Precincts 9, 10, 18 , 19A & 19B Grace Church 9301 Eden Prairie Road Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 Prairie Lutheran Church 11000 Blossom Road Political Party Contacts Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) 255 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul 651-293-1200

Runners take off at the start of the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K hosted by the Colon Cancer Coalition at Staring Lake Park in 2016. (Photo by Patty Dexter) Republican Party of Minnesota (GOP) 2200 East Franklin Ave., Suite 201, Minneapolis 651-222-0022 Independence Party (IP) P.O. Box 40495, St. Paul 651-998-9156 Green Party of Minnesota 4200 Cedar Ave S., Suite 8, Minneapolis 651-288-2820

MINNESOTA Senate Information 651-296-0504 Sen. Steve Cwodzinski District 48 (DFL) 95 University Ave. W. Minnesota Senate Building Room 2319 St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-1314 Sen. Melisa Franzen District 49 (DFL) 95 University Ave. W. Minnesota Senate Building Room 2229 St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-6328 House Information 651-296-2146 Rep. Laurie Pryor District 48A (DFL)

227 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-3964 Rep. Jenifer Loon District 48B (R) 449 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-7449 Rep. Paul Rosenthal District 49B (DFL) 209 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-7803 Constitutional Offices Gov. Mark Dayton (D) 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) 445 Minnesota St., Suite 1400 St. Paul, MN 55101 651-296-3353 Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) Retirement Systems of Minnesota 60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St. Paul, MN 55103

651-296-2803 State Auditor Rebecca Otto (D) 525 Park St., Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55103 651-296-2551

UNITED STATES U.S. Senate Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D) 302 Hart Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-3244 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 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 250 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 230, Eden Prairie 952-405-8510 2016-2017 |


Health care that’s always there. Fairview Clinics – Eden Prairie offers expert care for the entire family. With same-day appointments, extended hours and pediatric walk-in care for the unexpected, we’re always ready to take care of your health care needs.

Appointments 1-855-FAIRVIEW | Visit

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he Eden Prairie community is served by area hospitals, clinics and urgent care facilities, home health care and hospice services. The city of Eden Prairie also serves itself. Spawning from the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Committee, Eden Prairie offers both a Fitness in the Park program and a Mobile Cafe (healthy food trailer). Fitness in the Parks, now in its third year, includes free yoga, Zoomba, Boot Camp, basketball and Nordic walking classes. “Variety of workouts,” said Valerie Verley, Eden Prairie Community Center manager, “for a variety of ages.” The basketball class, at Riley Lake Park, is geared toward kids. Zoomba, Boot Camp and Nordic walking classes are adult centered. “Our Zoomba classes are by far the most popular,” said Verley. “It’s a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout.” The Nordic walking class, at the Staring Lake Outdoor Center, is a combination of trail walking and Nordic skiing (fitness walking poles are used like ski poles). The classes, free of charge, are offered during the summer (June through August). Eden Prairie’s Mobile Cafe is a healthy foods trailer that makes appearances at city events and places where residents gather (Staring Park is a frequent stop).

“A variety of workouts for a variety of ages.” Valerie Verley Eden Prairie Community Center manager


Cyclists begin the 8-mile Tour de Tush Bike Ride at Staring Lake Park in August 2016. (Photo by Patty Dexter)

While the menu is a work in progress, the concept is to replace chips with fresh fruits and nuts, ice cream with frozen yogurt and burgers and hot dogs with wraps. A partnership with local farmers produces the produce. COMMUNITY CENTER While it sounds cliché, Eden Prairie’s Community Center is its community center. After all, the center offers some 200 classes per week. Offerings include TREC (Training Rejuvenation and Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors) classes, a 10-week small-group program designed specifically for adult cancer survivors (participants improve cardio respiratory endurance and strength through regular aerobic exercise and resistance training). One of its newest classes is called Delay the Disease, a program designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s disease. Eden Prairie also offers a MS Aquatics class. “The support-group component is a big part of these classes,” added Verley. Translation: Eden Prairie’s Community Center is its community center.

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Andy Auseth tees off on Hole 1 of the disc golf course at Bryant Lake Park with the water of Bryant Lake in the background. Bryant Lake Park is at 6800 Rowland Road and is part of the Three Rivers Park District. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)


Eden Prairie places to leisure 37 parks

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47 tennis courts (two have overlaid lines for 6 pickleball courts)

he question isn’t what do Eden Prairie residents do in their spare time, it’s what don’t they do in their spare time? Options run the gamut from visits to the Eden Prairie Community Center, to the Eden Prairie Community Band to the Eden Prairie Community Theater, and everything in between. “While we offer lots of organized activities,” said Lori Brink, recreation services manager for the city of Eden Prairie, “they don’t have to be organized.” DIY activities include walking, biking or running 130 miles of paved trails. You could go to one of three beaches — Riley Lake and Round Lake beaches are operated by the city, Bryant Lake by Three Rivers Park District — to lie on the sand or cool in the water. You could also paddle a paddleboard or paddle a canoe. If it’s icy, you could skate at one of nine outdoor skating rinks. If there’s snow, there’s Nordic skiing or sliding at Staring Lake Park’s lighted sledding hill. If fishing is your thing, you could wet a line from one of five fishing piers. Launch a boat and you could fish on the other side of the lake. Disc golf, be at Staring Lake Park or Bryant Lake Regional Park, is also an option. Just wing it. PROGRAMING NOTES The city of Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie School District and Three Rivers Park District offers structured programming that delivers on just about any wish list. “Our Senior Center went on trips to go zip-lining and horseback riding,” said Brink. Birding trip ideas that hatched at the Staring Lake Outdoor Center fledged to places frequented by eagles, cranes and grouse.

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At Round Lake Park, there’s a new wheel of fields, complete with a gathering place at the hub. “The plaza was intentional,” said Brink. It’s where you can take in a game, or talk it out. CUTTING EDGE “We’re looking at cricket,” said Brink. “We don’t offer a league yet, but we’re exploring possibilities. “Lacrosse is another thing,” she added. “After working up from the youth level, it might be time for an adult league.”

LEISURE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation 952-949-8442 Eden Prairie Baseball Association Eden Prairie Basketball Association, Boys Eden Prairie Basketball Association, Girls Eden Prairie Football Association Hockey Association of Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club Eden Prairie Track & Field Association Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club Snowdrifters Eden Prairie Soccer Association Eden Prairie Soccer Club Eden Prairie Fast-Pitch Association, Girls Softball Aquajets Swim Team of Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Foxjets Swim Team Eden Prairie Volleyball Association Eden Prairie Wrestling Club

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

Lars Anderson practices “flatland” style tricks with his unicycle at Round Lake Park. (Photo by Patty Dexter) copy of the current brochure or go to for an online version. Eden Prairie Art Center 7650 Equitable Drive 952-949-8304 The Eden Prairie Art Center, 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 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 Road Hours (free public viewing): enter through the main front doors between 8 a.m. and 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 oneact 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 list by contacting Lindsey Danhauser, Art Center coordinator, at 952-949-8304 or ldanhauser@ Or visit the Eden Prairie Players website at Eden Prairie Community Band The Eden Prairie Community Band is an adult band of more than 50 musicians that performs year-round in Eden Prairie and neighboring communities. The band has two components: a Concert 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 to find a list of upcoming concerts. 2016-2017 |



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hen Gary Stevens moved to Eden Prairie in 1976, there were just a few thousand people in the community. “To me choosing a place to live really is one of the most important decisions a person makes in life. We wanted a growing, vibrant community in which to raise a family,” Stevens said. And Stevens got his wish. Today, Eden Prairie is home to more than 63,000 people and is a bustling suburb known for its schools and high quality-of-life rankings. Eden Prairie has been rated one of the “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine multiple times with a ranking of No. 1 in 2010, No. 3 in 2012 and No. 2 in 2016. “Needless to say, our decision was spot-on,” Stevens said. Residents agree with Eden Prairie’s reputation of being one of the best places to live. According to a 2016 city survey, 95 percent of residents surveyed rated their quality of life as excellent or good. The survey indicated that nine out of 10 respondents felt positive about living and raising children in the community. Stevens said high on his list of the community’s positives are the parks and various natural features. “Take a short visit to the top of Richard T. Anderson (Conservation Area) and tell me if that isn’t one of the finest views you have ever seen,” he said. “Eden Prairie is just plain and simple a great location to live.”


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“Eden Prairie is just plain and simple a great location to live.” Gary Stevens Resident

Eden Prairie City Council member Sherry Butcher Wickstrom agreed, saying that the multitude of parks, lakes, the Minnesota River Bluffs and the city’s general physical beauty are some of the reasons people are drawn to Eden Prairie. “Add the excellence of the school district, sense of place, historic beauty and commitment to a healthy community and Eden Prairie provides what residents of all ages are searching for. I love the natural beauty and the historic places the city has saved for posterity,” she said. Eden Prairie is served by three public school districts, Eden Prairie Schools, Minnetonka Public Schools and Hopkins Public Schools; a private school, the International School of Minnesota and the Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School, a new arts-focused charter high school that moved into the community this year. One of Hennepin Technical College’s campuses is in Eden Prairie. Stevens said the volunteering opportunities are one of his favorite things in Eden Prairie. The city is home to multiple service clubs and nonprofits in addition to volunteer opportunities available at the city and schools. “I have been blessed to interact with the best of the very best. The people of Eden Prairie are incredibly generous with their time,” he said.

LIVING EDEN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie Mark A. Weber, executive director 952-949-8499 The nonprofit Eden Prairie Community Foundation enriches EP through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership. Governed by a 15-member volunteer board, it has served Eden Prairie since 1981 as a grant maker, fiscal sponsor, and fund holder. In addition to proceeds from events such as EP Gives and Prairie Brewfest, as well as appeals like Century Giving, it receives memorial and estate gifts — including gifts of stock and real estate.

EDUCATION Three school districts serve the residents of Eden Prairie. The

Eden Prairie High School students cheer during the March 24 winter celebration. (Photo by Patty Dexter) 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 than any other school system in the area (with graduating classes above 100). Eden Prairie Schools is composed of eight schools, and a broad community education program that includes preschool 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 extracurricular 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, or call 952-975-7150. Administrative Services Center 8100 School Road, Eden Prairie General information 952-975-7000 This building houses all of the school district’s central administrators.

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LIVING For information regarding the school district, check out its website. From there you can access websites for each school in the district. Administration Josh Swanson 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 612-750-1522 John Kohner 952-250-8164 Elaine Larabee

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FACILITIES Early Childhood Programs Lower Campus 8100 School Road 952-975-7200 Cedar Ridge Elementary 8905 Braxton Drive

952-975-7800 Eden Lake Elementary 12000 Anderson Lakes Parkway 952-975-8400 Forest Hills Elementary 13708 Holly Road 952-975-8600 Prairie View Elementary 17255 Peterborg Road 952-975-8800 Oak Point Elementary 13400 Staring Lake Parkway 952-975-7600 Central Middle School (Gr. 7-8) 8025 School Road 952-975-7300 Eden Prairie High School (Gr. 9-12) 17185 Valley View Road 952-975-8000 Education Center 8040 Mitchell Road 952-975-6900 MINNETONKA ISD 276 District Service Center 5621 County Road 101, Minnetonka 55345 General Information 952-401-5000 Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries and Cremation Services

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LIVING 17000 Lake St. Ext., Minnetonka 952-401-5200 Minnetonka Middle School-West (Gr. 6-8) 6421 Hazeltine Blvd., Excelsior 952-401-5300 Minnetonka High School (Gr. 9-12) 18301 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka 952-401-5700

Eden Prairie Lioness members Beth Wojahn and Sharon Peterson pause for a photo between serving snacks in the bingo tent during Schooner Days in June. (Photo by Patty Dexter) 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 provides 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, 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 Minnetonka Research, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate 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 at 5621 County Road 101, Minnetonka. Meetings 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.

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HOPKINS ISD 270 1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins, MN 55305 952-988-4000 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 (79); and high school (10-12). The schools most Eden Prairie students attend are: FACILITIES Gatewood Elementary School (K-6) 14900 Gatewood Drive, Minnetonka 952-988-5250

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Mark Ambrosen 612-801-9307 Katie Becker 612-281-0025 Heidi Garcia 952-934-2289 John Holcomb 952-470-5357 Pam Langseth 612-207-4674 Lisa Sumner 952-470-0903 Lisa Wagner 952-474-2205 FACILITIES Clear Springs Elementary (K-5) 5701 County Road 101, Minnetonka 952-401-6953 Deephaven Elementary (K-5) 4452 Vine Hill Road, 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)



LIVING Wendy Donovan 952-988-5363 Warren Goodroad 952-988-5366 Doobie Kurus 952-988-5365 Dave Larson 952-988-5362 Kris Newcomer 952-988-5367

Alexander Perry fishes from the shore of Staring Lake in April 2017, at the Staring Lake Outdoor Center while his friend Noah Stockham fishes from the lake. They didn’t catch any fish, but they saw carp jump. (Photo by Tim Engstrom) Hopkins West Junior High School (Gr. 7-9) 3830 Baker Road, Minnetonka 952-988-4400 Hopkins High School (Gr. 10-12) 2400 Lindbergh Drive, Minnetonka 952-988-4500 Administration Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent 952-988-4021

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HOPKINS SCHOOL BOARD Board member email addresses are available at School board elections are conducted in odd-numbered years. Steve Adams 952-988-5364 Betsy Anderson 952-988-5361

NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS PIM Arts High School Grades: 9-12 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie 952-224-1340 The International School of Minnesota Grades: Preschool-12 6385 Beach Road Eden Prairie 952-918-1800 Hennepin Technical College 13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie 952-995-1300

SENIOR CITIZENS Eden Prairie Senior Center 8950 Eden Prairie Road 952-279-8050 The Eden Prairie Senior Center provides an organized program for education, trips, card groups, musical performances and other social activities for seniors. The center also offers health screening, a foot care clinic and a transportation program. 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 952-596-0616 Lutheran Social Services 651-642-5990


Eden Prairie residents were able to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the community during “The Give Gathering,” a new, first-time volunteer fair in April. (Photo by Patty Dexter) Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging Inc. 651-641-8612 Prairie Adult Care 952-949-3126 RSVP – Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 952-945-4161 Senior Linkage Line 1-800-333-2433 Senior Outreach SCS 952-541-1019, ext. 308 Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213 Website Bloomington/Eden Prairie Meals on Wheels 952-835-1665 This is a nonprofit volunteer organization, sponsored by church and civic groups, that delivers noontime meals five days a week to homebound, disabled or elderly individuals in Bloomington and Eden Prairie. In addition to providing the meals, the daily visits also provide a check on clients’ safety.

SUPPORT SERVICES AARP – American Association of Retired Persons Information Center – Mall of America 952-858-9040 Alanon/Alateen 7204 W. 27th St., St. Louis Park 952-920-3961 Alcoholics Anonymous 7204 W. 27th St., Suite 113, St. Louis Park 952-922-0880 American Heart Association – Greater Twin Cities 4701 W. 77th St., Minneapolis 952-835-3300 American Lung Association of MN 490 Concordia Ave., St. Paul 651-227-8014 Arc Hennepin–Carver County 2446 University Ave. W., St. Paul 952-920-0855

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities 651-789-2400 Bridging Inc. 201 W. 87th St., Bloomington 952-888-1105 CHADD of the Twin Cities 952-922-5761 Cornerstone Advocacy Service 952-884-0376 Crisis 24-hour line 952-884-0330 Crisis Nursery 24-hour hotline 763-591-0100 Early Childhood Screening 952-975-7047 FamiLink Resource Center 952-294-5950 Five Stars Recovery Center 952-448-6557 Hennepin County Public Health 612-348-4111 La Leche League Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America MADD – Hennepin Co. Mothers Against Drunk Driving 155 S. Wabasha St., St. Paul

651-523-0802 Bloomington/Eden Prairie Meals on Wheels 952-835-1665 MN Problem Gambling Hotline 1-800-333-HOPE RSVP – Retired Senior & Volunteer Program 952-945-4161 Ridgeview Medical Center Grief Support Group 952-442-2191 ext. 6190 Ridgeview Medical Center Breast Cancer Support Group 952-442-8083 River Ridge Treatment Center 952-936-0304 Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213 St. Francis Regional Medical Center Diabetes Support Group 952-428-3324 Heart Support Group 952-428-2080 Infant Loss Support Group 952-428-2002 Smoking Cessation 1-888-354-PLAN 24-hour crisis line (The Bridge) 612-377-8800 2016-2017 |



The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Home, Landscape & Garden Everything Spring Expo in March featured more than 100 exhibitors ranging from chiropractors and builders to landscaping companies and local watershed districts that provided information about their services. (Photo by Patty Dexter)



n 2016, 93 percent of Eden Prairie residents who were surveyed by the city said they would recommend conducting businesses in Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce President Pat MulQueeny can attest to Eden Prairie being a magnet for commerce. He said Eden Prairie is blessed to not only have a wealth of successful businesses, but, “It also has such a diverse group of businesses. It has high tech; a great shopping mall; it has a lot of strong professional services. It still has a group of very successful manufacturing companies.” There’s also a thriving restaurant scene and several grocery stores. Eden Prairie is easily accessible for businesses, employees and customers with its close proximity to major highways and the Flying Cloud Airport, according to MulQueeny. The city is also home to the SouthWest Transit bus service and the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line includes multiple stops in the community. “The history of being successful has continued to hold true even as we move forward,” he said. According to a 2016 city of Eden Prairie survey, 93 percent of residents positively rated the city’s overall economic health and 90 percent rated the city as a great place to work. The Eden Prairie Chamber has 425 members representing more than 34,000 area employees. More than 6,000 people

“The history of being successful has continued to hold true even as we move forward.” Pat MulQueeny Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce president

attended the chamber’s events in 2016. MulQueeny said conservative estimates put the number of businesses in Eden Prairie at nearly 3,000. It’s home to two Fortune 500 companies — C.H. Robinson and Supervalu — as well as major retailers, local shops, hotels, motels and offices throughout the community. The Eden Prairie Center mall is expected to become more of a destination with the announcement earlier this year of Scheels’ plans to construct a 240,000-square-foot “retail shopping adventure” that will include a 16,000-gallon aquarium and a 65-foot-high, 16-car operating Ferris wheel. The new store is planned to open in 2019. “They’ll be adding a new dynamic to the experience here in Eden Prairie,” MulQueeny noted. MulQueeny said other notable changes on Eden Prairie’s business scene have included the construction of the new Optum campus off of Shady Oak Road and Bluestem Brands taking over 345,000 square feet at the Golden Triangle Innovation Center on Flying Cloud Drive — a site that was once occupied by Supervalu and the former headquarters of Best Buy.

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Benjamin Adams, owner and chief financial officer of Primrose School Eden Prairie, right, accepts the Excellence in Education Award from Pat MulQueeny, Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce president, in December 2016. (Photo by Patty Dexter)

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Astrid Dewitt of Eden Prairie walks on the trail around Staring Lake Park along with her dog Bella. (Photo by Tim Engstrom)



t can be a dog’s life in Eden Prairie. In addition to 1,242 licensed canines — all dogs 6 months and older residing in Eden Prairie are required to be licensed with the city — dogs and their owners have access streets, sidewalks and trails, as well as both city and Three Rivers Park District off-leash dog exercise areas. When not on private property or exercising in a designated dog park, dogs are required to be on a leash not exceeding six feet. Thirty-two percent of Minnesota households own dogs and 53 percent own pets, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. The main city of Eden Prairie off-leash dog exercise area is at 7171 Flying Cloud Drive. The park includes a section for smaller dogs. Both the large-dog and small-dog areas are equipped with agility-like equipment, ramps, tunnels, etc. Eden Prairie operates a larger off-leash area on the southeast corner of Staring Lake Park. At nearly 6 acres, its size offers bigger dogs the opportunity to stretch their legs. The Staring Lake off-leash area is closed during the winter months. Hockey rinks at Crestwood, Edenvale, Homeward Hills and Nesbitt Reserve parks serve as makeshift off-leash areas during the summer months. There is no charge to use city of Eden Prairie off-leash

areas. However, dogs must be licensed in Eden Prairie and properly vaccinated. Three Rivers Parks operates the largest off-leash area in the city. At nearly 10 acres, it’s not Three Rivers’ largest off-leash area, but it’s not it’s smallest either. Those designations go to Crow-Hassen (40 acres) and Murphy Hannrehan (3 acres). “We opened the off-leash area at Bryant Lake Park in 2007,” said Beth Nash, public and donor relations supervisor for Three Rivers Parks. “We opened our first off-leash area in the 1980s at Elm Creek. Interest led to the others.” Nash, a dog person herself, likes the size of the bigger parks, as it not only allows the dogs to enjoy open space, but the dog’s owners as well. “It’s a chance for the whole family to get outdoors,” she said. Favorite outcome of going to an off-leash area? “A tired dog is a good dog,” said Nash. The cost to use a Three Rivers Park off-leash area is $6 per day. Annual passes can be purchased for $45. Pass holders must have certification of current rabies vaccination for each pet readily available. Puppies under the age of 4 months are not allowed. HEALTH CARE In addition to a number of veterinary clinics in Eden Prairie, the city is home to both Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Services, an urgent care of sorts for animals, and Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, an advanced veterinary services hospital. Clients come to the Blue Pearl facility after being referred by family veterinarians. Lastly, or firstly, Eden Prairie is home to Secondhand Hounds, a nonprofit animal rescue. Located at 10100 Viking Drive, it’s mission is to provide safe shelter, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for animals at risk, while working hard to find these animals their forever homes.


BUSINESS DIRECTORY CHURCH / WORSHIP Living Christ Lutheran Church 820 Lake Drive Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-5110

Westwood Church

3121 Westwood Drive Chanhassen, MN 55331 952-224-7300

DAYCARE / PRESCHOOL Eden Prairie Community Education 8040 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-975-6940

DENTAL Michael King Orthodontics 2687 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-470-2627

Radiance Dental

500 W. 79th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-7987

ENTERTAINMENT / RECREATION Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 501 W. 78th St. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-1525

Chaska Community Center 1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-5633

Minnesota Harvest

8251 Old Hwy. 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic

River Valley Ranch, Inc

Ridgeview Chaska Clinic Two Twelve Medical Center

3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-443-1400

16480 Jonathan Carver Parkway Carver, MN 55315 952-361-3361

FINANCIAL Charter Bank

455 Pond Promenade Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-227-2265

Charter Bank

706 Walnut St. Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-2265

South Metro Federal Credit Union 8001 Old Carriage Court, Suite A Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-0888

FITNESS Transformation Club

1363 Park Road Suite A Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-224-4852

MEDICAL Fairview Clinics

830 Prairie Center Drive, #180 Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-826-6500

St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St Francis Ave Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 428-3000

7907 Powers Blvd. Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-0570

111 Hundertmark Road Ste 115N Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-2450

Ridgeview Medical Center 500 S. Maple St. Waconia, MN 55387 952-442-2191


6205 Dell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55346 952-934-2609

RETAIL The Mustard Seed

10000 Great Plains Blvd Chanhassen, MN 55318 952-445-6555

SCHOOLS / EDUCATION Eden Prairie Community Education 8040 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-975-6940

Southwest Christian High School 1981 Bavaria Road Chaska, MN 55318 952-556-0040

TRAVEL SouthWest Transit

13500 Technology Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-949-2287 2016-2017 |


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Eden Prairie Lifestyle Guide 2017-2018  
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