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Minneapolis Parks and Recreation 350 S 5th St Minneapolis MN 55415 612-230-6400

Recreation Facilities in Minneapolis include dozens of Centers/Parks, which collectively feature Tot Lots/Playgrounds, Baseball, Softball, Football, Soccer & Cricket Fields, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, & Sand Volleyball Courts, Ice, Hockey & Broomball Rinks, Biking & Walking Paths, Trails, Beaches, Wading & Swimming Pools, Boat & Fishing Docks, Skate Parks, Gyms, Craft Rooms, Meeting Rooms, Computer Labs (all inside Community & Recreation Centers), Amphitheaters, Kitchens, Sports Facilities, Gardens, Archery Ranges, Cross Country Skiing Trails, Sledding/Tubing Hills, Picnic Areas, Public Art & Sculptures, Bandstands, Eateries/Concessions, Display & Drinking Fountains, Water Pumps, Wells, Restroom Facilities, Parkways & Pay Parking Lots (no Off-Street Parking is available at the recreation centers & parks). Columbia Park houses a Rugby Field. Sports programs for youth & adults include Football, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball (Sand surface for adults), Hockey (Pond for adults), Tennis (lessons for adults) and Soccer (Indoor for adults). Adult Sports include Kickball, Broomball, Dodgeball, Pond Hockey, and Tennis Lessons; youths can also participate in Baseball, Gymnastics, Track, and Wrestling. Arts programs available to youth include Art in the Park, sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which visits the recreation centers to provide free introductory, hands-on art lessons for elementary school-aged children; and IDEAWERKS for youth ages 12-18 to learn multimedia production; record audio and video information on a digital media workstation; study music basics and computer software to create music tracks and videos; and produce and record individual multimedia projects. Technology initiatives include the computer labs located at many of the recreation centers, which are available at no charge; they offer homework help, allow users to design artwork, read e-mail, surf the internet, and take classes (most free), including Computer Fundamentals, Internet Basics, E-mail Basics, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Word and Publisher applications. Special fee-based programs are offered in vocational areas such as computer repair fundamentals. Osiris, a non-profit group, has a technology initiative in cooperation with MPRB to open public access to computer technology to participants in MPRB programs; Osiris fundraising efforts are aimed at allowing the group to be able to provide equipment, software and youth employment, as well as all of the construction, networking and technical support for the computer centers. The City of Minneapolis Environmental Division offers naturalists and instructors for a variety of environmental programs for children, adults and families. Neighborhood Naturalist classes, held for youth at Recreation Centers throughout the city, include Nature Nuts for Preschoolers, and Nature in the Neighborhood for school-age Youth. Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, and J.D. Rivers' Children's Garden host programs for adults & families. Other programs and activities include Beekeeping, Bird Watching, Canines for Clean Water, Canoeing, Come Out and Play: Family Nature Club, and Urban Birding Festival. Recreation Plus+ School-Age Child Care offers out-of-school activities, including park classes, swimming and tennis lessons, field trips and self-directed activities. During the summer, Minneapolis Public Schools sponsors a free meal program for children at participating recreation centers. Safety Camp offers children a 3-day program to learn about personal and social safety, drug awareness, emergency situations and crime prevention. Teens can participate in Night Owlz on Friday and Saturday nights from 8-11 PM at Farview, Folwell, Logan, Martin Luther King Jr., North Commons, Phillips, Powerhorn and Whittier recreation centers; activities may include open gym, cooking, computer labs, and more. Teen Teamworks operates during the summer and provides supervised on-the-job training, educational sessions, and life skills training. Village Parks Mentors and Southline Outreach Mentorship Program provide classes, field trips and social interaction with teens to help them build friendships and develop positive self-esteem. Youth Are Here Bus, which runs from 4 to 9 PM M-F during the regular school year, provides free transportation for North Minneapolis teens to neighborhood parks, libraries and other locations along a circular route that includes Patrick Henry High School, Folwell Park, Northside Library, Jerry Gamble Boys and Girls Club, Farview Park, North Commons YMCA Youth Enrichment Center, North Commons Park, North High School, and Harrison Park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) provides inclusion services, such as appropriate and reasonable accommodations, support, and special staff preparation and training; to allow people of all ages with disabilities who choose to participate in general recreation and education programs to do so as fully as possible.

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Bloomington Parks and Recreation 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington MN 55431 952-563-8700

Recreation facilities in Bloomington include Creekside Community Center, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington Family Aquatic Center, Dwan's Golf Course, Hyland Greens Golf Course, The Links Miniature Golf Course, Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve, Bloomington Ice Garden and Armory, Lincoln Stadium, and more than a hundred parks, ponds and play-lots (38 undeveloped, several of them with trails), which collectively feature Playground Equipment (in some parks or play-lots-handicapped accessible), Basketball & Tennis Courts, Volleyball Courts (some sand), Soccer & Football Fields (some lighted), Softball & Baseball Diamonds (some lighted), General Skating Rinks (some lighted), Hockey Rinks (many lighted), Picnic Areas, Picnic Shelters, Picnic Tables, BBQ Grills, Park Buildings, Drinking Fountains, Concessions, Trails (Paved & Unpaved), Open Space Areas, and Off-Street Parking. Bloomington Family Aquatic Center, open daily from early June through late August, houses a Bathhouse, Concession Stand, and Sand play area; and features a17,500 square-foot pool with Zero-depth entry wading, Waterslide, Diving boards and drop slide; swim lessons (American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program) are offered at the center. Bush Lake Beach features a large swimming beach (lifeguards on duty from 11 AM-7 PM daily), Beach House, Fishing dock, and Floating docks. Bush Lake Beach also offers swim lessons (American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program). Bloomington Ice Garden and Armory houses 3 ice rinks (one Olympic-sized) with a seating capacity of 2,500; Open hockey, hockey skills lessons (AM), Open skating (specified hours), and Pond hockey are offered. Bloomington Skate School operates at the facility; and a Gymnastics program for young children ages 2 1/2-6 years is housed there. Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve encompasses several of Bloomington's parks; the area features a Sledding hill and offers opportunities for Canoeing, Hiking and Biking. Three Rivers Park District, 763-694-7687, owns & operates Hyland (Creative) Play Area (unofficially called "Chutes and Ladders"), Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area, all within the Reserve borders. Jefferson High School, Kennedy Senior High School, Nativity of Mary Church, Normandale Hills Elementary, and Old Town Hall each offer recreational facilities to the community (usually at specified times). Westwood Park houses a hockey rink paved for in-line skating; West Bush Lake Park features a Boat landing (motors up to 6 horsepower are permitted) and Rental canoe racks. 18-hole Dwan Golf Course houses a Clubhouse and cafeteria and features practice chipping and putting greens. 9-hole Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center accommodates golf leagues; its learning center (lessons) operates from 8 AM-6 PM on Mondays, 8 AM- PM T-F, and 7 AM-2 hours before sunset on weekends. Hyland Greens Golf Course features an All-grass driving range, Short game & Chipping areas, and Bunker practice. Normandale Lake Park offers facilities for fishing enthusiasts, as well as walkers and joggers, for whom restrooms are open year-round. The north side of the park houses a Band shell, mainly for Arts in the Parks programs, including Bloomington Fine Arts Council events. The Band shell offers space for 100-5,000 spectators, and features a covered, 53 x 35-foot stage; sound and lighting system; meeting room; dressing rooms; and public restrooms on the outside of the building. A 25-acre Off-leash Recreation Area for Dogs features a very large grassy area, hills, trees and a pond for any dogs that like to swim. 18.3 acre Pond-Dakota Mission Park features a restored 1856 national historic site and home (Gideon Pond House), as well as Interpretive Trails. Gideon Pond House is open every Sunday afternoon for various programs (free unless otherwise noted). Programs include Dakota Language Camp, a 3-day camp in August for grades K-6 that provides introduces children to the Dakota language through hands-on experiences with traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing and foods. This camp is a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota, which creates the program content and provides the teaching staff. The River Rendezvous Festival in September offers school children and the public a demonstration of the lifestyle of people in Minnesota from 1830-1870, using story-telling and interactive, hands-on activities. The festival is open to school children from Sept. 17-21 and to the public from 5:30-8:30 PM on Sept. 20. 4146 acre Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Facility, houses a Visitor Center and features Interpretive Displays, and Hiking & Biking Trails. Smith Park & Harrison Park Community Gardens offer 10 by 15 foot garden plots (54 at Smith, 28 at Harrison), seasonal rental fee for 2012 (Apr. 21, weather permitting, through Oct 21) is $35. Bloomington Farmers Market operates weekly from June-October in the east Parking lot at Civic Plaza; more than 40 vendors sell fresh locally grown produce,  along with cut flowers, meat, cheese, honey, maple syrup, berries, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, coffee, smoothies, kettle corn and unique art; music and special activities are provided at times. Indoor market sessions are also held monthly from 9 AM-Noon in November and December. Other special events or programs include Winter Fete (January or February), Egg Hunt and Family Fun Walk (April), Arts in the Parks (June-August), Farmers Market Summer Fete (July 3), Safety Boot Camp (July), and Halloween Party (October). Arts in the Parks programs present music ranging from classic big band and smooth jazz to 80s hits and spicy Latin salsa, all at no charge and open to the public. Adaptive Recreation, sponsored by the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield in cooperation with the Learning Exchange and the School District Community Education Adults with Disabilities programs, offers specialized recreation programs, such as Adapted Softball, and events such as Fall Formal, Halloween Dance, Holiday Dance, Movie & Dance, Valentine’s Dance, St. Patrick’s Dance, Everything Jackson; program locations include Minnetonka High School, Valley View Middle School, and Center for the Arts. Adult Recreation programs include Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Touch Football, and Volleyball Leagues, for all ability & interest levels. Summer children's/youth programs include Camp Kota (gr. K-7), held at East Bush Lake Park; activities include singing, swimming, arts and crafts, active games, camp craft, outdoor skills such as knot tying, orienteering and setting up a tent, and field trips. The Summer Adventure Field Trips program involves daily supervised jaunts to various local attractions. Summer Adventure Playgrounds program for children ages 6-13 at Westwood & Smith Parks offers activities including games, sports, story time, arts and crafts, and water games/activities. Out of this World Adventures, held at Valley View Middle School, offers a similar program for youth ages 11-14. Athletic groups active in Bloomington include Barracuda Aquatics Club, Bloomington Amateur Hockey Association, Bloomington Athletic Association, Bloomington Fastpitch Association, Bloomington Horseshoe Club, Bloomington Pickleball, Bloomington Traveling Baseball Association, Bloomington Women’s Tennis League, Bloomington Youth Lacrosse Association, Bloomington Youth Soccer Club, Born Again Jocks, Clutch Hitters, and Kennedy Boys Traveling Basketball.

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Brooklyn Center Parks and Recreation 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy Brooklyn Center MN 55430 763-569-3400

Recreation facilities in Brooklyn Center include the Community Center and 9-hole Centerbrook Golf Course, which offers/sponsors Open Golf play, Leagues for men, women, senior, and youth, corporate outings, and Tournaments. The Community Center houses a 50 meter indoor swimming pool with a 150' water slide, Exercise room, and Meeting and event rooms. Adult & youth programs include specialty classes; youth programs include gymnastics, summer youth sports, swim lessons, dance, and after school/holiday activities; adult programs include basketball, volleyball and softball leagues, exercise/fitness classes (e.g. Belly Dancing, Brain Gym®, Cardio Combo Circuit Training for Women, Hatha Yoga, Line Dancing, Strength Training, Back & “Abs” for Women, Stretch/Tone/Cardio/Isometric Low Impact All-In-One Class, Tabata Boot Camp, Zumba®) and pottery (closed toe shoes required).

Adult clubs/groups (763-569-3405 to contact program supervisor) include Book Discussion Group, Brooklyn Center Friendship Quilters, Brooklyn Center Women’s Club, Men’s Drop-In, and Leisure Time Drop-In. Brooklyn Center Women’s Club meets monthly at the Community Center for a business meeting followed by an educational or entertainment program. The group (open to female residents and non-residents of Brooklyn Center, age 21 & up) is funded by dues and donations; offers trips throughout the year at nominal cost to members; and awards one or more college scholarships to one or more deserving Brooklyn Center resident senior girls selected from one of the northern suburban high schools. Adaptive Recreation (REACH at 952- 988-4177) is a cooperative effort of the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Plymouth, & Reach for Resources, an agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the West & Northwest Hennepin areas. Services include information and referral, advocacy and counseling; programs/activities include, for youth or teens; Sports Sampler, August Action, Teen Explorers, Girls Club, for teens/adults; Weekend Adventures & Dances; for adults; Wednesday Night Socials, On The Town, and Softball; and for all ages; Bowling & Family Yoga. Reach for Resources provides inclusion facilitators for children and adults with disabilities who would like to participate in their city's regular recreation programs;  at least a two week notice is required for a successful inclusion. The Community Center offers one-on-one adaptive swim lessons for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities and one-on-one Aqua Buddies for children with Autism. Community Events in Brooklyn Center include Earle Brown Days Festival, Dudley/Budweiser Classic Softball Tournament, Puppet Playhouse, Halloween Party, Step to It and Holly Sunday.

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Brooklyn Park Parks and Recreation 5600 N 85th Ave Brooklyn Park MN 55443 763-493-8333

Recreational facilities in Brooklyn Park include Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, Brookland Executive Nine Course, Brookland Golf Park, Edinburgh Golf Course, Brooklyn Jr./Park Center High School, and nearly 60 parks, which collectively feature pavilions, playgrounds, picnic areas, paths & trails, walking trails, open space areas, picnic pavilions (may be reserved), nature areas, ball fields, soccer fields, volleyball, basketball & tennis courts, skate & hockey rinks, sliding hills, and park activity buildings. Features unique to specific parks/facilities include a dog park area at Brookdale Park; a swimming pool at Brooklyn Junior/Park Center High School, a horseshoe pit at Central Park; a wheelchair softball field at Northwoods Park; an archery range at the Environmental Nature Area; a meeting room at Eidem Homestead, Community Garden plots (North & South) at Edgewood Park (Brooklyn Park and Crystal residents, by application), and a disc golf course & tot lot at Orchard Trail Park. Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center houses Brooklyn Park Senior Center, opened in January 1999, which features a lounge with furnishings, a fireplace, large screen television, and table top games. The center offers a variety of programs and activities, including day and extended trips, fitness classes, ballroom dance, art opportunities, luncheons and entertainment, AAA driving courses, cards, bingo, book club and craft groups; the Brooklyn Park Senior Club meets there as well. Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center also hosts many of the city's special community events, and houses a fitness room, open from 8 AM to 10 PM daily, with equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, exercise balls and a resistance training machine (admission is through a daily rate or 30 day pass, children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult); and regulation size ice arenas (one for North Metro Stars high school skate team, the other for Three Rivers Figure Skating Club). Both arenas feature 4 locker rooms and a warming area that can be used as a lunch room, video room and instructional area (19’ x 123’). The larger of the 2 arenas can seat 1200 people; the smaller one, 310 people. The facility offers a skate sharpening service, hockey supplies (available for purchase), and beverage and snack vending machines. Open Skate (all ages) & Open Hockey (adult) hours are available to the public (players must wear a helmet); admission for skating is on a daily rate or 10-pass card basis, with children under age 5 at no charge with a paying adult; open hockey sessions are scheduled year round at various days and times (schedule changes season to season) with admission on a per-time basis or through purchase of a 12-punch pass. Brooklyn Park CAC offers meeting and banquet rooms for rental for public and private use. Outdoor facilities include a skate park adjacent to Hennepin County Library; the skate park features a fun box with half pyramid, grind rail, spine, 3-foot wedge and 3-foot piano. 9-hole Brookland Golf Park houses a practice green, pro shop, and snack bar; and offers disc golf supplies. Brookland Executive Nine Course provides features for golfers of all ability levels, especially novice, and offers instruction through the Golf Academy. Edinburgh USA Golf Academy offers a range of group and individual classes, clinics and lessons. The Junior Golf Spring Kick-Off offers a 4-lesson series including pre-swing fundamentals, as well as short game and full swing techniques. Junior Golf School (ages 5-18), includes instruction on golf play techniques and game etiquette; playing lessons at Brookland Golf Course round out the last week of class. Golf 4 Gals Lessons is a “women only” 3-part series that covers all aspects of golf including putting, chipping, bunker play and full swing. Adult Group Golf Lessons address putting, chipping, full swing and scoring techniques. Brookdale Park houses a fully fenced-in Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area (open during regular park hours), which features benches and picnic tables; drinking fountains for dogs and people are coming soon. Adult Sports offered throughout the year include a Hockey League in the fall, Men's Softball Leagues, and a Mixed (male & female) Volleyball League.

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Champlin Parks and Recreation 11955 Champlin Dr. Champlin MN 55316 763-421-2820

Recreational facilities in Champlin include 30 parks, which collectively feature Play Areas (Modular Equipment, for toddler age in Andrews Park), Play Areas (Traditional Equipment), Open Play Areas, Trails, Picnic Areas (one with Grills), Gazebos, Fishing Areas, Gardens, Volleyball, Basketball & Tennis Courts, Ball Fields (Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Football), Seasonal (Temporary) Hockey Rinks, Permanent Hockey Rinks, Free Skating Areas, Skating Rinks, Warming Houses, and Parking. Features unique to specific parks/facilities include Community Play Fields at Champlin Park High School; Tree Nursery at Donie Galloway Park; Canoeing at Doris A. Kemp Park; a Historical Building at Dunning School; a Pond at Heights Park; a Sliding Hill at Highpointe Park; a Boat Launch at Mississippi Point Park; Nature Trails at Oxbow Park; Nature Area & Footbridge at Josephine Nunn Park; and Climbing Rock & Picnic Shelter at Jerry Ruppelius Park. Andrews Park also features a Picnic Pavilion and Park Building w/Concession Area and Restrooms; the park is available for exclusive use. Recreation programs/activities/facilities include Open Skating, Adult Open Hockey, Skating Lessons (Ice, Hockey), Freestyle Ice, Community Rooms with free WiFi, Birthday Parties (rental), Picnic Performances "Free" Tuesdays, Art in the Park, Kiddie Carnival, Dinner & a Movie, Youth Sports/Fitness (Soccer, T-Ball, Basketball, Yoga, Tennis), Youth Classes (Duct Tape Creations, Science Explorers), Youth Camps (Sports, Drama, Fencing, Craft), Farmers Market (Wed. 9 AM-1 PM, mid-July through mid-Oct.), and Adult Activities (Yoga, Softball Tournament, Yard League, Men’s Racquetball League, Softball Leagues-Men, Women, Co-Rec). Champlin partners with neighboring Dayton to provide Community Recreation & Athletic programs through the Champlin/Dayton Athletic Association (CDAA). Youth sports offered include Baseball (ages U7-U19), Basketball (grades 1-12), Cheerleading (grades 3-6), Football (grades 1-8), Soccer (grades PK-12), Softball (ages U8-U14), Track (ages 7-14), and Volleyball (grades 3-12). The City of Champlin currently offers off-road access to Hennepin County Regional Trail Corridor in the southwest portion of Champlin; these trails are designed for bicycling, hiking, jogging, walking and cross-country skiing. Additional access locations to these trails are planned for the future.

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Corcoran Parks and Recreation 8200 County Rd 116 Corcoran MN 55340 763-400-7030

Recreational facilities in Corcoran include Playgrounds, Play Fields, Tennis Courts, Ice Skating/Hockey Rinks, and Park Buildings. The Public Works Department inspects and maintains all recreational facilities. The City's Parks and Trails Commission also maintains and enhances city parks, trails, shelters, sports fields and recreation buildings. Corcoran Civic Center, Memorial Gardens, Ball fields Parks and Picnic Shelters are all open to the public and available for rental.

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Crystal Parks and Recreation Crystal Community Center 4800 N. Douglas Dr. Crystal MN 55422 763-531-0052

Recreational facilities in Crystal include conservancy areas, and community & neighborhood parks. The 6 conservancy area parks generally consist of storm water retention ponds; 2 feature ponds. MAC Park houses Shingle Creek within its borders; Hagemeister Park offers a Gazebo/overlook, Boardwalk, and Wood carvings; Twin Lake Shores Park features a Trail w/bench. The community, neighborhood & school parks collectively feature Picnic Shelters, BBQ Grills, Playgrounds, Asphalt Trails w/Footbridges, Paved Trails, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts (most lighted), Volleyball Courts, Horseshoe Courts, Skating (Pleasure) Rinks (some lighted), Warming Houses, Permanent/Seasonal Hockey Rink (lighted, 2 removed rinks retain light fixtures), Sliding Hills, Perimeter Fences, Softball & Baseball Fields, Backstops, Player’s Benches, Bleachers, Perimeter Fences, Benches (some permanent), Drinking Fountains, and Parking Lots. Bassett Creek Park also houses Community Dog Park (finished in 2010), Memorial Garden (Belzer) with Memorial Benches, and a 9-hole Disc Golf Course. Becker Park houses a Marque Activity Center w/stage; facilities for ball games, including score shacks, score boards, lights, and portable toilet enclosures. North Lion's Club Park features a seasonal, lighted Soccer Field. Crystal Community Center/Little League Complex hosts Little League Baseball and a variety of Recreation Department programs; the complex also houses the Crystal Friendship Center for seniors. Individuals and groups can rent the complex’s rooms and gyms. Recreation programs include Adventures, Craft, Fitness/Sports/Games, Science Classes, Tea Party, Open Gym, and Special Events for Preschoolers; Arts/Crafts, Camps, Outdoor Adventures, Science Classes, Special Interest, Summer Blast, Fitness/Games, Non School-Day Programs, Art Classes, and Spring Break Program, Sports (Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis) for Youth; Middle School Dances, Sports (Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis), Dance Classes, and Enrichment Classes (Baking, Cake Decorating) for Teens; and Sports Leagues (Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis), Fitness/Open Gym (Zumba, Total Body Workout, Open Gym Volleyball, Gym Walking, Soo Bakh Do, Quickstart Tennis 55+), Defensive Driving (AARP, AAA), Enrichment Classes (Baking, Cake Decorating) for Adults. Crystal Seniors Program, open to all age 55+ (nominal annual membership fee), includes activities/events such as 8-ball Billiards, Whist, Duplicate Bridge, 500 Tournament, Cribbage, P*ker; special interest groups/programs, including Monthly Meetings: Donut Make You Wonder (Informative Presentations, 3rd Wed., Sept-May), Book Discussion Group (1st Tues.), Roving Minds (3rd Tues.), Movie Discussion Group, Drivers Safety Trips & Tours, Newsletter - Sept-Nov., and Fitness (Gym Walk, Total Body Workout, Total Body Stretch). Transportation Service, Help and Assistance Programs, and Meal Programs are available to seniors in need of these types of aid.

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Dayton Parks and Public Works 12260 S Diamond Lake Rd Dayton MN 55327 763-427-3224

Recreational facilities in Dayton include 11 parks (3 are undeveloped), which collectively feature playground equipment, picnics tables, grills, and baseball & soccer fields. Goodin Park offers a trail down to the Mississippi River; Cloquet Overlook Park features walking trails, and a viewing area overlooking the Mississippi; Central Park and Brianna Scurry Park form a large area housing an ice hockey rink, open grassy (mowed) field and parking lot; Donahue Dells Park houses a pond; and Diamond Lake Diamonds Park features youth athletic fields. The city parks are available for reservation. The Champlin/Dayton Athletic Association (CDAA) offers youth sports, including Baseball (ages U7-U19), Basketball (grades 1-12), Cheerleading (grades 3-6), Football (grades 1-8), Soccer (grades PK-12), Softball (ages U8-U14), Track (ages 7-14), and Volleyball (grades 3-12).

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Deephaven Parks 20225 Cottagewood Rd Deephaven MN 55331 952-474-4755

Recreation facilities in Deephaven include 6 beaches, and 4 parks. The beaches collectively offer on- or off-street parking; lifeguards are on duty during the summer from Noon-5 PM at 2 of the beaches and from 11 AM-7 PM at a third beach. Cottagewood Children's Park features swings, a picnic area, and small open field areas; the park usually hosts Deephaven's 4th of July celebration. Haralson Park, located next to Deephaven Village Hall, features a walking path, platform, and tennis court. The Deephaven Ice Skating Rinks (outdoor) in Thorpe Park and Village Hall Park are open to the public during the winter (weather permitting); warming houses (unattended) operate from 1-9 PM weekdays, 9 AM-9 PM on Saturdays, and Noon-9 PM on Sundays.

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Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation 8080 Mitchell Rd. Eden Prairie MN 55344 952-949-8333

Recreational facilities in Eden Prairie include Eden Prairie Community Center, Eden Prairie Senior Center, Eden Prairie Art Center, and Eden Prairie Archery Range, located on the east side of Staring Lake Park (which also houses the Cummins-Phipps-Grill House). Eden Prairie Community Center (16700 Valley View Road , 952-949-8470) features an indoor play structure for children; a fitness center complete with cardio equipment, resistance training and free weights; an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool with attached diving well; gym with full-court basketball, pickleball and regulation volleyball courts for open gym sessions; full-sized racquetball courts; ice rinks; men's and women's locker rooms; a family locker room; and several meeting room facilities [PDF] available for private parties, meetings and gatherings. Activities & programs for all ages at Eden Prairie Community Center include swimming lessons, lap swim, family swim, and open swim; weekly group fitness classes, personal training, developmental skating, open skate, and skating lessons. The Foxjet Swim Team and the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club use the facility. Children and youth classes/programs include Fit Kids Club (after school) and a variety of nature, art, and recreation activities for varying ages from Kindergarten through grade 12. In addition to classes, youth can participate in Campfire, Play Structure play, Open Swim, Open Skate, Space Splash Pad, Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, and Ice Skating. A Play Care is available for children ages 6 months to 8 years of age while parents use the facility (maximum of 2 hours). Outdoor facilities include 37 parks, five special use facilities, seven historic sites and 15 conservation areas; which collectively feature bike trails, nature trails, skating rinks, sledding hills, and ski trails. Unique features include Eden Prairie Archery Range, an off-leash Dog Park area, and a Disc Golf course. Pioneer Trail Gardens (13180 Pioneer Trail, east of Super America entry) and Pioneer Park Gardens (8940 Sutton Drive, behind Senior Center) offer Community Garden Plots from May-October. Eden Prairie Senior Center hosts a variety of activities, including woodworking, card games, trips, tours, health and wellness classes and computer classes. Adaptive Recreation (Inclusion) provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to actively participate in recreational or educational programs; these activities are specifically designed for people with disabilities (952-949-8457 for info). Leisure Education Programs also allow participants with disabilities to develop and/or enhance leisure awareness, social interaction skills, leisure resources, and/or leisure activity skills; small group and one-on-one session activities are available. Eden Prairie Art Center (7650 Equitable Drive, 952-949-8304) hosts art programs for all ages, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and glass-fusing. Three Rivers Park District operates regional parks in the area.

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Edina Parks and Recreation 4801 W. 50th St Edina MN 55424 952-927-8861

Recreation facilities in Edina include nearly 40 parks and other facilities, including Arneson Acres, Braemar Arena, Braemar Golf Courses, Braemar Golf Dome, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina Aquatic Center, Edina Art Center, Edina Senior Center, indoor Edinborough Park, Fred Richards Executive Golf Course and a dozen warming houses. The parks collectively feature playground equipment, benches, grassy areas, gazebos, walking/jogging/biking trails & paths, basketball & tennis courts, baseball & softball fields (some with backstops), soccer fields, hockey rinks, and warming houses. Features unique to specific parks include an ice rink and a small pond at Walnut Ridge Park; bonfire pit and grills at York Park; offers a volleyball court, disc golf course and fishing pier at Rosland Park; and Richards Golf Course at Lake Edina Park. 42-acre Van Valkenburg Park hosts baseball games and tournaments, featuring bleachers, scoreboards, a concessions stand and bathrooms. Frank Tupa Park houses the Old Cahill School, site of hands-on experiences for students of a school day during the 1800s. Williams Park, which sits along Minnehaha Creek, features historical information about Edina and serves as a launching point for a canoe or inner tube trip along the creek. The pirate-themed Edina Aquatic Center features an Olympic-sized pool with a step-in entry, a three-meter diving board, a one-meter diving board, lap swimming lanes, a zero-depth children's pool with a water playground, a water slide tower ("Pirate's Plunge"), Shipwreck Express cable ride over the pool, Oakwood Forest (a tree house-themed playground with a life-size giraffe and hippo, monkey bars and a rope spider web); lounge chairs underneath the large shade umbrellas or wooden trellis, and a concession area that offers light meals and snacks. Arneson Acres houses the Edina Historical Society, Edina Museum, the City of Edina greenhouse, a gazebo, and 28 gardens featuring various perennial, annual, and native plants. The Cloverlane Garden Club, part of the Edina Garden Council; the North Star Lily Society; Minnesota Peony Society, Marion Hagerstrom, a daylily breeder; and Edina resident and daylily hybridizer Karol Emmerich have all donated plants for and/or planted and maintained many of the gardens, some of which are available for rental for events such as weddings and receptions. Braemar Arena, 952-833-9500, houses three indoor, regulation-size ice rinks, available for open skating, group rental, adult and youth hockey and figure skating program and offering group skating lessons for ages 3 through adult. The Braemar-City of Lakes Figure Skating Club, the Edina Hornets hockey teams, and the Edina Hockey Association use the arena for their program. Braemar Park houses Braemar Golf Course, which features 27 regulation holes, two 9-hole executive courses, a pro shop, driving range, practice putting green, indoor golf dome, banquet and meeting rooms and other amenities. The facility has hosted various events over the years, including the PGA Minnesota Classic in 1969, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 1979, the Minnesota Senior Open, the Minnesota Public Links Championship, and the Minnesota Women’s Amateur Public Links. Braemar Golf Course also offers golf lessons, rules and etiquette clinics and leagues. 24-acre Centennial Lakes Park features more than 1.5 miles of paved pathways around a 10-acre lake, landscaped grounds, formal and informal seating areas, a 1,000-seat lakeside amphitheater that hosts various cultural performances, outdoor skating rinks, and Hughes Pavilion, offering banquet space available to rent for weddings, business meetings and social events. Edina Model Yacht Club uses the park’s waterways to launch and race radio-controlled scale replicas of a wide variety of ships and boats. Centennial Lakes Park houses a Farmers Market from mid-June through September; located outside Hughes Pavilion; the vendors offer sweet corn, beans, potatoes, melons, strawberries, apples, pears, peppers, fruit, salsas, jams, honey, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, jerky, cheeses, breads, confections and other goods; Centennial Lakes Park Manager can be reached at 952-833-9582 for market questions. Edina Art Center, 952-903-5780, offers programs in painting, drawing, pottery and ceramics, media arts, children’s classes and summer camps; the center’s Peggy Kelly Media Arts Studios can transfer old format home movies to DVD or digital videotape. 1-acre, fully fenced-in Edinborough Park, 952-833-9540, features a junior-Olympic size swimming pool, a running track and fitness area (age 16 & up, season passes are available), a huge indoor playground and a multi-purpose play area, and a 250-seat, Greek-style amphitheater that hosts music, dance, theater and visual arts programs, including free concerts from September through May. The heated, 3.5 to 4 foot deep pool offers swim lessons for children, exclusive times for adult lap swimming, and open swim times (one lane reserved for lap swimming), The 1/16-mile running track offers three-lanes (one for walking, one for jogging and one for running); the fitness area features recumbent bicycles, treadmills, elliptical trainer, ab board and multi-station gym for weight training. The Play Park features Adventure Peak, a 44-by-44-by-37 foot high structures including a30-foot tall oak tree and lookout point, giant tube slides, a triple wave slide, a canyon, and a climbing wall; Great Hall provides a 60-by-90 foot multipurpose space for play with balls and other gym activities; the Tot Area includes climbing, crawling, sliding and bouncing in a tot sized inflatable air bounce. Admission to the indoor Play Park is through a daily rate, or Ten-punch passes and season passes; waistbands are required and socks (no shoes) must be worn.  The park’s facilities are connected by heavily landscaped, meandering pathways. Edina Promenade, an extension of Centennial Lakes Park, features is an 80-foot wide greenway connecting retail, residential and recreational amenities in Edina; the promenade include pedestrian and bicycle pathways, public art spaces, and landscaping/plantings designed to control storm water runoff and erosion. Edina Senior Center, for adults age 55 and older, hosts daily (M-F) recreational, educational, health, social service programs, including speakers, tours, card parties, bowling and golf league, softball league, book clubs, biking club, pool tournaments, movies, health screenings, social worker with support groups, free tax preparation, Community Education Classes, and Osher Life Long Learning Classes. Rhymic Feet, Edina Singing Seniors, Twin Cities Harmonica Society and Rhinestone Rockettes perform at the center; ongoing interest groups include computer, genealogy, digital camera, laptop computer, crafts and knitting, mah jongg, canasta, sheepshead, poker, dominos, pinochle, ACBL, duplicate and social bridge, scrabble, plus 500 and cribbage. Nominally priced annual memberships are available for individuals and couples; members receive a monthly newsletter and priority registration for trips and tours throughout the year.

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Excelsior Parks and Recreation 339 3rd St Excelsior MN 55331 952-474-5233

Recreation facilities in Excelsior include Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior, a13-acre park which houses Studer Pond (a large wetland), College Lake, Mitten Pond, Mud Lake, and Galpin Lake; and features open recreation areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, tennis courts, baseball fields, a band shell, bathhouse, public restrooms, docks, buoys, and docking for public excursion boats. The area hosts the annual Art Fair, Fourth of July celebration, the Summer Concert Series at the band shell, organized sports, and other large events. The park provides habitats for woodland animals; and rental garden plots for people. The swimming beach at The Commons is open daily during the summer; lifeguards are on duty every afternoon, weather permitting.

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Golden Valley Parks and Recreation 200 Brookview Pkwy Golden Valley MN 55426 763-512-2345

Recreation facilities in Golden Valley include Community & Neighborhood Parks, Nature Areas, Community Centers, and Brookview Golf Course. The parks collectively feature Grills, Sun Shelters, Walkways/Trails (some lighted), Playground Equipment, Basketball & Tennis Courts (some lighted, some tennis courts available to rent), Baseball, Softball & Soccer Fields, Game Squares (some lighted), Skating Rinks (general & hockey, some lighted), Warming Houses, and Sliding Hills. Brookview Park also features Picnic Shelters (available to rent), Sand Volleyball Courts, Horseshoe Pit, and Play Equipment Kit Rental; this park is adjacent to Brookview Golf Course, which houses an 18-Hole Regulation Course, a 9-Hole Par 3 Course, a Driving Range and teaching area, and a Golf Shop and Grill. Brookview Park houses a Community Center, attached to the Brookview Golf Course Clubhouse; the center hosts Seniors Program events and various Park & Recreation activities. This facility has rooms available for events such as wedding receptions, parties, and business meetings. Davis Community Center, attached to Meadowbrook Elementary School, hosts Golden Valley Park & Recreation gym programs for people of all ages in its 10,000-square-foot gym (about the size of two full-sized basketball/volleyball courts). The facility, a collaboration between the City of Golden Valley and the Hopkins School District, is available to use on a fee basis (daily drop-in, or punch pass) for Open Basketball, Open Volleyball, Parent and Child Gym, and Family Open Gym; all activities are available at specified times on weekday evenings or weekends. Hidden Lakes Homeowners Association makes Sweeney Lake Park available to the public through an agreement with the City of Golden Valley, which maintains the park. Golden Valley residents may use St Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park at the resident rate; the facility features 20,000 square feet of water, a water playground with geysers and splash toys, a 25-meter lap pool, a zero-depth entry for wading, drop slides, winding water slides, sand playground, and picnic gazebo. The Nature Areas generally feature Walkways and Trails; habitats within the areas range from lakes/ponds to native pine and coniferous and deciduous forest to upland and wetland woodland. General Mills Nature Preserve houses shallow marsh, wet meadow, and floodplain forest within its borders, along with more than 50 different native plants. Mary Hills Nature Area offers picnic and seating areas. Western Ave Marsh, located across the street from Brookview Park, features three wetland communities: a seasonally flooded cattail marsh, a seasonally flooded non-native species emergent marsh, and a mixed disturbed hardwood floodplain forest. Adeline Nature Area features an overlook deck and canoe launch into Sweeney Lake. Youth Recreation programs in Golden Valley include Arts & Crafts, Babysitting Course, Drama & Performance, Games & Adventure, Open Gyms & Play, Music & Dance, Science & Reading, Sports Skills, Sports Leagues, Tennis Programs, and Special Events. Competitive sports leagues, run by the City's Park and Recreation Department as well as by independent sports organizations, include Youth Basketball for Grades 2-6, Armstrong Youth Hockey Association for Ages 5–14, Cooper/Armstrong Girls Fastpitch Softball Girl for ages 9–12, Hopkins Fastpitch Softball Girls for ages 7–18, Golden Valley Girls Slowpitch Softball Girls for grades 3–12, Golden Valley Little League Baseball for Ages 7–12, Golden Valley Phoenix Soccer Club for Ages 5–17, and Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association (ACYBA) for Ages 12–19. Adults can participate in Arts & Crafts Fitness & Open Gyms (Pilates, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Yoga, Nordic Walking, Chinese Wand Excersize, Open Gym Basketball, Volleyball, Pickleball), Music & Dance Sports (Broomball, Pickleball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis Leagues; Golf Lessons). The Golden Valley Seniors Program, housed at Brookview Community Center, is open to all senior residents of Golden Valley age 55 and over and offers Cards & Games such as Dominoes, Tai Chi, Bowling, Cribbage, Bridge, 500 Cards, Grocery Shopping Trip, and Euchre. Ongoing classes/activities include, Art, Music & Dance (Golden Tones Chorus Kick-off Event & Practices, Open Painting, Square Dancing, Joys of Painting® the Bob Ross Method®, Introduction to Drawing, Watercolor Basics), and a Trips & Tours Newsletter. Entertainment events include a Holiday Concert with the Robbinsdale City Band., Santa Flunks Retirement Holiday Tea "The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever" and a Poinsettia Exhibit. Golden Valley Library offers Art for Life: Silk Scarf, Banner or Hoop Painting. Education & Discussion groups and programs include Arm Chair Travelers Coffee Talk, Defensive Driving, Money Matters, Seniors in Mind, Getting Through the Medicare & Medgap Maze, Navigating Medicare, Medicare Advantage & Medicare Part D Presentation, Defensive Driving, Westminster Forums "Tornado Alley" at the Science Museum, and Baker Park Fall Tram Ride. Fitness/Health/Wellness activities include Aqua Exercise, Local Motion, Pickleball 55+ Free Demo Event, Pickleball for 55+, Pedal Pushers, Bicycle Group, Nordic Walking for Fun & Fitness, Enhance Fitness, Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis, Blood Pressure Screenings, Happy Feet Foot Care Clinic, Living Wise & Well, and Insurance Help. Social & advocacy programming includes Remember When? with Jan, Brunch Bunch, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Volunteering: Mondays with Mary. Golden Valley is part of an eight-city cooperative agreement through Recreation, Education, Advocacy, Counseling, and Health for Resources, Inc. (REACH), and organization that provides services including information and referral, advocacy, and counseling, and programs including social/recreation groups, support groups, and education classes.

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Hopkins Parks and Recreation 1010 S 1st St Hopkins MN 55343 952-939-8203

Recreation facilities in Hopkins include 18 parks and nature areas, which collectively feature Playgrounds, Play areas, Softball fields, Sand volleyball, Basketball & Tennis courts, Football/soccer fields, Ice skating rinks, Outdoor hockey rinks, Sledding hills, Picnic shelters, Tables, BBQ grills, and Restrooms. Maetzold Field is the town’s Baseball field. 3 of the parks allow leashed dogs in certain areas. Picnic shelters can be reserved (at least 7 days in advance) through Joint Recreation Services from May through September; all shelters have a seating capacity of 60, vehicle capacity of 135, electrical service (controlled by attendant), and water facilities. Downtown Park features Walkways, Benches, and a Performance stage that is used for Music in the Park events every summer. Valley Park houses an Archery range, Nature trails, and Family Garden Plots. Overpass Skate Park, a seasonal facility opened in 2000 and located under the Highway 169 bypass, features piano banks, fun boxes, kinked rails and staircases; 3rd Lair operates the park for the use of skateboarders, inline skaters, and BMX bikers; park users must be at least 10 years old. Shady Oak Beach, jointly owned by Hopkins & Minnetonka, offers sand play areas, a Community play area (opened in 2011), Concession stand, Restroom/changing areas, Canoe rental, and Fishing. Community play area, open from April through October, features water tables, water misters, and a “fossil dig”. Beach admission is through a daily fee (ages 2 and under are free) and half-price fee after 6 PM; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The joint recreation arrangement that operates Shady Beach also supervises 14 outdoor ice rinks located in the Hopkins & Minnetonka; each rink is staffed with an attendant, and open from mid-December through mid-February, weather permitting. The Hopkins Center for the Arts features a 715-seat theater, visual arts gallery, multipurpose spaces for rehearsals, community activities and small performances, arts classroom, dance studio, and kitchen facilities for serving catered food; the facility hosts a full schedule of theater, concerts, exhibitions, classes and other events for all ages. Many rooms are available to rent; building tenants include Stages Theatre Company and Hopkins School District 270.The Depot, a renovated train station in Hopkins, now serves as a coffee house, youth community project, and trailhead for area bike trails.

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Long Lake Parks 450 Virginia Ave, P.O. Box 606 Long Lake MN 55356 952-473-6961

Recreational facilities in Long Lake include 4 parks, which collectively feature playground equipment, picnic shelters with picnic tables and benches, grills, and basketball courts. The picnic shelters can be reserved. Nelson Lakeside Park, located on Long Lake, houses the Long Lake Veterans Memorial and features a public boat launch, fishing pier, canoe storage rack (contact the City Clerk to check for availability), and an unsupervised swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty). Holbrook Park features a ball field and bleachers (available for rental); lighted hockey/pleasure skating rinks (available for rental during non-public hours) and a warming house open seasonally during the winter months; and a seasonal dog park in the hockey rink area during spring, summer and fall. Hardin Park offers tennis courts (available for seasonal rental), and walking trails. Municipal trails and sidewalks run through the downtown area and the parks & neighborhoods; 63 mile Luce Line State Trail, developed for biking, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, also runs through Long Lake.

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Maple Grove Parks and Recreation 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove MN 55369 763-494-6500

Recreational facilities in Maple Grove include Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Sports Dome, Skate Park, Senior Center, Maple Grove Arboretum, Elm Creek Disc Golf Course, Elm Creek Swimming Pond, and a number of park and school facilities, which collectively feature playgrounds/play equipment, ball fields (baseball, football/soccer), basketball & tennis courts, hockey & ice skating rinks, picnic pavilions & grills, fishing piers/docks/bridges, and recreation buildings (recreation/community centers). The city also houses 36 miles of trails through woodlands and around lakes; pavilions with grills and picnic tables are located throughout the town and available to reserve for outdoor gatherings. Grove Cove Aquatic Center houses an indoor leisure pool which features a zero-depth beach area, water spray activities, a 130-foot waterslide and a tot slide, and an outdoor pool which features a lazy river, tumble buckets, log walk, tot slide and water sprays. Additional features include a concession stand, rope swing, aqua climb, and volleyball net (not available during designated float times in the lap pool, when flotation items are provided for swimmers to play with). Grove Cove Aquatic Center offers swim lessons and classes such as water aerobics. Pool memberships are available for year-round access to the facility; or admission through purchase of a 10-visit coupon book or payment of a daily admission rate. During the summer, pool specials are offered every Wednesday ("Wild Wednesdays"). Group rate admissions are available, 763-494-5969 to schedule or for more info; discounted rates for licensed child care providers are available during the school year. Coupon book or daily admission rate system also applies to open gym drop-in basketball, at specified times (all people age 9 & older must register to use the gym). The Sports Dome, 9880 N Fernbrook Lane, will be open starting Nov. 1, 2012 and available for rental; Sports Dome facilities include a Track (available at no charge for walking/jogging), and the dome, which is open to the public through the drop-in Open Dome program (admission cost is $5.00 per person, cash only, payable at door). Open Dome program allows sport turf activities, including baseball/softball grounders (no pitching or hitting); organized sports practices with coaches, and baseball, softball or lacrosse games are prohibited. Use of the batting cages is not included in Open Dome. Weaver Lake Community Park features a beach which is open during the summer. Maple Grove Town Green, 7991 N Main St, 763-494-6500, hosts creative arts performances; sections of the park can be reserved for private outdoor parties. 15-acre Maple Grove Arboretum, located along Elm Creek, features more than 100 native hardy trees; the facility houses a pavilion (available to rent) and trails that lead to Rice Lake and the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Pkwy, part of the County (Three Rivers) Park System, houses Elm Creek Chalet (763-694-7894), a Winter Recreation Area, Eastman Nature Center, Elm Creek Disc Golf Course, Elm Creek Disc Swimming Pond, and 2 Camper Cabins; the park also features miles of hiking and biking trails and habitat for a variety of wildlife such as eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, bluebirds, beavers, loons, Trumpeter Swans and hawks. Eastman Nature Center (reopened on Oct. 14 after reconstruction) features reading and observation rooms, classrooms, a large exhibit area with wildlife watching, professional exhibits, an open-air deck, a small coffee service, public Wi-Fi signal, and an after-hours restroom. The center hosts preschool programs, puppet shows and larger events (held at Fish Lake Regional Park during the reconstruction) and nature-based weekend programs (held at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park during the reconstruction). Elm Creek Chalet, open from April–October, features a fireplace of timber and field stones, a cathedral-style ceiling, large glass windows overlooking the park, a projection screen, a dance floor, a sound system with built-in speakers, microphone and disc changer, a kitchen with walk-in refrigerator/freezer, three-compartment sinks, prep and counter space, and microwave, and tables and chairs that can seat up to 200 guests. The facility is available to rent for weddings (weekend only), receptions, and corporate events. 18-hole Elm Creek Disc Golf Course, located next to the Chalet, is open on weekends; the course follows the cross-country ski trails and traverses the tubing hill and terrain park. Man-made Elm Creek Swimming Pond, open during the summer, offers filtered, chlorinated water, a sand beach, changing shelter, concessions and bathroom facilities. Admission is by daily, per-person rate (children under 1 free) or a $10 seasonal pass (sold on site only). Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area features a lighted tubing hill with lifts and snowmaking, a beginner-level downhill ski and snowboard hill, and cross-country ski trails. Downhill ski, snowboard, tubing and disc golf passes can be purchased at Elm Creek Chalet; cross-country ski passes may be purchased online. The Camper Cabins, located in a semi-remote area of Elm Creek Park Reserve, feature a screened-in porch, table, benches and wooden bunk beds with mattresses, and are equipped with electricity, heat, overhead lighting, ceiling fans and outlets. Outdoor amenities include a fire ring and picnic table; a drinking fountain and water spigot is nearby each cabin. One cabin is accessible for people with disabilities and sleeps five; the other cabin sleeps six; neither have flush toilets or shower facilities; reservations are available through October 24 at 763-559-6700. The Senior Center features social events such as monthly luncheons or dinners with entertainment, trips and card/board games; classes include Computer education, Aerobics and swim fitness, Oil painting and watercolor, Literature and writing, Crafts and quilting, and Book discussion groups on current world events. Maple Grove’s Skate Park is open to in-line skaters and skateboarders (skaters age 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) on weekend afternoons; the park's features include a Half pipe, Wide hump, Banks, Ground rails, Mini spine, and Launch box; Helmets are required, other protective gear is highly recommended. The Maple Grove Farmers Market, open on Thursdays from mid-June through mid-October, mid-late afternoon, offers an array of vendor grown/produced items, as well as  variety of weekly entertainment and activities. General outdoor recreational activities and facilities for all ages in Maple Grove include Archery, Swimming, Biking, Camping, Cross-country Skiing, Disc Golf, Off-leash Dog Area, Trails, Downhill & Telemark Skiing, Geocaching, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Nature Education, Picnic Areas, Play Areas, Skijoring & Dog Sledding, Sledding, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, and Tubing. Adult organized sports leagues include Men's & Co-Rec Softball, and Women's Volleyball. Youth Athletics, run by volunteer organizations, each with an independently run Board of Directors, includes Baseball, Basketball & Football (OMGFA), Football (MGYFA), Hockey (OMGHA), Lacrosse (Maple Grove Youth Lacrosse), Soccer (Maplebrook Blast Soccer & Kickers, Fast Pitch Girls Softball (OMGAA) Tennis (Maple Grove Crimson Tennis Assn. Inc.), and Wrestling (Osseo Area Youth Wrestling). Playhouse Preschool, started over 40 years ago through the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board, offers a Kindergarten Readiness Program for 3-5 year olds; the preschool's teacher and assistant teacher have both been with the program for over 20 years.

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Maple Plain Parks and Recreation 1620 Maple Ave, P.O. Box 97 Maple Plain MN 55359 763-479-0515

Recreational facilities in Maple Plain include Rainbow Park, which features seasonal ice skating and hockey rinks, and a basketball Court; Bryant Park, which houses a play structure and trail; and Northside Park, which features a BMX track. The Park Commission meets monthly to discuss recreational matters and projects, such as a new tennis court at Rainbow Park and a disc golf course at Northside Park (both projects considered in 2011).

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Minnetonka Parks and Recreation 14600 Minnetonka Blvd Minnetonka MN 55345 952-939-8203

Recreation facilities in Minnetonka include Minnetonka Community Center, Lindbergh Center, Williston Fitness Center, Shady Oak Beach, Glen Lake Skate Plaza (Park), 5 community parks, 7 community preserves, 6 mini-parks, and more than 30 other parks. The parks and preserves collectively feature Play equipment (handicap accessible in some parks), Picnic areas & shelters (some handicap accessible, shelters are available for reservation), Playfields, Trails (walking, biking, some handicap accessible, some with permanent or seasonal restrooms), Resource stewardship, Hard courts (some handicap accessible), Tennis courts (some handicap accessible), Full-size basketball courts, Athletic fields (Baseball, Softball, Football/soccer, some lighted), Outdoor hockey rinks, General skating rinks, Roller hockey rinks, Skate Parks, Warming houses, Canoe landings, Fishing spots, Beaches (some handicap accessible), Horseshoes, Shelter buildings (some handicap accessible), Historic sites, Off-street parking (some handicap accessible), and Seasonal restrooms. Features unique to specific parks include a Seating area at Glen Lake Mini-park, a Boat launch at Gray’s Bay Marina, Family garden plots at Kelly Park, and benches and a gazebo at Kinsel Preserve. Gray’s Bay Public Access, a jointly owned DNR/City of Minnetonka facility, features a fueling system for boats & trailers, permanent docks,  a building that includes an office, vending machines, and public restrooms, boat slips, vehicle-with-trailer and vehicle-only parking spaces. Minnetonka Community Center provides activities, dining options, classes, health screenings, tours, transportation (provided by Dial-a-Ride), and trips for seniors age 55 & up. The Community Center houses meeting, conference, and craft room areas, as well as the City Council Chambers and the Dining/Community Rooms, which can be combined by removing the partition to form a Banquet Room, equipped with tables, chairs, podium, public address system, dance floor and a commercial kitchen, that can accommodate up to 250 people. The areas can be reserved for large meetings, anniversary parties, family reunions, company parties, conferences, and wedding receptions; the dining area is available after 2:30 PM weekdays and on weekends during normal business hours and the community room is available during all normal business hours and on weekends. The Minnetonka Ice Arena, 3401 Williston Rd., 952-939-8310, houses Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club, Hopkins and Minnetonka Youth Hockey Associations, and high school hockey programs from both Minnetonka and Hopkins School Districts; city programs at the arena include as public skating, skating lessons, and adult hockey. Lindbergh Center, 2400 Lindbergh Dr., 952-988-4519; is jointly owned by the City of Minnetonka and the Hopkins School District and located on the Hopkins High School campus. The center features regulation basketball courts, including two with adjustable height baskets; regulation volleyball courts; a competitive running track; a walking/jogging track; and an exercise and conditioning room including specialized machines, free weights, and cardiovascular equipment. Additional facilities are available for track, baseball, softball, wrestling, aerobics, badminton, and golf programs. The school district uses the facility for athletics (including varsity girls and boys basketball games), physical education, graduation, music concerts, and special events. The public can purchase patron cards allowing for "basic use", with access to the walk/jog path, open gym, and community locker areas, or "complete use", with access to those areas as well as the fitness center/weight room. Williston Fitness Center, 14509 Minnetonka Dr., 952-939-8370, offers/features Membership Packages, Birthday Party Packages, Williston Tree House (an indoor play area for children ages 12 and under), Child Care (age 6 months & older, 9 AM-7:30 PM M-TH, to 3 PM on Fri. & Sat. morn.), Group Fitness Classes (including Aerobics, Yoga, Kickboxing, and Body Tone), Fitness Orientations, & Personal Training. Facilities and services are available on a fee basis to non-members. Special programs sponsored by the center include Runners with Heart Marathon Training; and Weight Loss Challenge (8-week sessions including personal training, group fitness workouts, bi-monthly meetings, and nutrition workshops and presentations). Glen Lake Skate Plaza is a skate park open seasonally during the spring, summer, and fall months, weather permitting. Minnetonka offers a variety of sports programs. Shady Oak Beach and Libbs Lake Beach offer season passes starting February 11 at Kids’ Fest and at the Recreation Services department. The Tennis program features Indoor Courts, Tennis pro shop, Leagues & Lessons (indoor & outdoor) for all Ages/Abilities, Weekly tennis drills, and Special events. Golf Lessons (indoor & outdoor) are available to adults, youth and couples. Adult team sports programs include open gym and/or leagues for Badminton, Basketball, Broomball, Football, Kickball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, and Wiffleball. Youth leagues and program include Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer. Lessons and workshops offered include American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (December only), Year-round Baseball/Softball Clinics, and Pine Tar Academy Clinics (952-939-8378), Intro to Balls Skills Basketball, T-ball and Soccer (grades K-1), Introductory Lacrosse clinics and skills camps, and Safety Awareness (ages 5 and over,  Beginner–Advance Levels). Summer activities/programs for children include supervised playgrounds, Tiny Tots, Play Mobiles and Summer Adventure Club. REACH (952-988-4176) provides adaptive recreation programs year round for youth and adults. Aqua Exercise is offered for people with arthritis; instructors are certified through the Arthritis Foundation. Spring, Summer & Fall Canoe trips are offered on Minnehaha Creek, the St. Croix River and BWCA. Recreation Services offers part-time jobs throughout the year; online applications are available.

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Minnetrista Parks and Recreation 7701 W County Rd 110 Minnetrista MN 55364 952-446-1660

Recreation facilities in Minnetrista include several parks, which collectively feature playground equipment, tennis & basketball courts, trails, picnic pavilions, pedestrian bridges, and boat access. Gene Lehner Park also features picnic tables and houses a wooden bear statue; Douglas Park has a swing set; Linden Park offers sand volleyball courts; Jennings Park features a sport court that can accommodate tennis, basketball, volleyball, and hopscotch; Merz Marsh Park houses a soccer field; Perennial Park houses barbecue stands and a regulation horseshoe pitch; Slow Creek Park offers a picnic area and a pedestrian bridge. The new 15.5 acre Lisle Park currently includes a ball field backstop as part of Phase 1 of its master plan; other features will be added in the future. Three Rivers Park District (county) parks in or near Minnetrista include Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, which features public boat access, trails, picnic areas, a visitor center with meeting rooms and informative exhibits, fishing pier, and a unique 1.75-acre upland swimming pond; and Gale Woods Farm Park on Whaletail Lake, which offers educational hands-on programs about modern farming practices. Westonka Recreational Association operates a large recreational facility that houses ball fields on County Road 110 near City Hall; sports organizations and teams can contact the Westonka Recreational Association directly for reservation, league, and other information. The Westonka Schools, located at County Road 110 and Sunnyfield Road, house recreational facilities such as playgrounds and tennis courts; available for use during non-school hours, users should contact the school system for information.

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Mound Parks and Recreation 5341 Maywood Rd Mound MN 55364 952-472-0603

Recreation facilities in Mounds include 31 public parks, which collectively feature ball fields, backstops, beaches, docks, lake frontage, open fields, trails, open spaces, picnic areas, play areas and equipment, sliding hills, seasonal ramps, swimming beaches, tennis courts, undeveloped areas, natural areas, winter access, benches, restrooms and parking. Centerview Beach features a fishing pier. Surfside Park also features boat access (launch), a pavilion, and a sand beach on Lake Minnetonka; the park hosts various annual events. The Dakota Rail Trail's, a hard surface biking and walking trail, provides panoramic views of Lake Minnetonka along its 21.3 miles. Other recreational & cultural facilities near Mound include the 64 mile Luce Line Nature Trail, the Old Log Theater, Lake Minnetonka Art Center and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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New Hope Parks and Recreation 4401 N Xylon Ave New Hope MN 55428 763-531-5151

Recreation facilities in New Hope include the Ice Arena, Swimming (and Wading) Pools and adjacent Outdoor Theater, Golf Course, and Community Gyms (multi-use) at Cooper High, along with 20 parks, which collectively feature ball fields (multi-use & soccer), batting cages, basketball courts (lighted at Civic Center Park), tennis courts (all lighted), picnic grills, picnic areas, nature areas, play equipment, pathways, shelters (enclosed & picnic), outdoor skating rinks (some lighted), sledding hills, and parking lots. Features unique to specific parks/facilities include indoor walking track, indoor skating rinks, and community rooms at the Ice Arena, disc golf course at Sunnyside Park, and horseshoe courts at Lions Park. The tennis courts at Civic Center and Hidden Valley Parks are dedicated for Pickleball. Civic Center Park also houses a tier-one skateboard park, which features a 6,000 square foot concrete pad with eight obstacles, including an assortment of ramps, grind rails, ledges and boxes. Nine-hole, par-three New Hope Village Golf Course, 8130 Bass Lake Rd, 763-531-5178, features a clubhouse with pro shop, snack bar, and indoor seating area, and patio with picnic tables and gas grills. The recreation department sponsors adult sports leagues, including Softball, Kickball, Men’s Basketball, Co-Rec & Men's Broomball, Golf, Sand Volleyball (Summer), Tennis, and Pickleball. Adaptive recreation programs include Reach for Resources, Windows of Opportunity, Courage Center, and Project SOAR. Reach for Resources provides inclusion facilitators for children and adults with disabilities who would like to participate in New Hope Recreation programs; a minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for a successful inclusion. This agency also offers information, referral, advocacy and counseling . Robbinsdale School District #281, 763-504-6990, provides the Windows of Opportunity program, offering recreation, education, and support for people with disabilities, ages 16 and up. Courage Center offers sports and creative arts programs for all ages, including skiing, horseback riding, team sports such as basketball or power soccer, arts, crafts and photography. Project SOAR provides specially designed Community Education programs for adults with disabilities; sign language interpreters, classroom assistants, and referrals to agencies and resources are available. Registration for all 3 programs is done through the Recreation Department.

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Orono Parks 2750 Kelley Pkwy Orono MN 55356 952-249-4600

Recreation facilities in Orono include Highwood Nature Trail, Lowry Woods Nature Area, Seven Nations Natural Area, French Creek Preserve, Sandy Beach, Casco Skating Rink, Orono Golf Course and 15 parks, which collectively feature playground equipment, swimming docks & buoys, picnic areas or tables, hiking trails, parking areas or lots, and chemical toilets. Crystal Bay Playground houses a basketball court. Hackberry Park offers a T-Ball diamond, soccer play area, and recreational ice skating rink. Livingston Tower Park is landscaped with trees and shrubbery and features benches and a bird bath sculpture. Bederwood Park houses a baseball diamond (upgraded through funds from the Orono Baseball Association), swing-set, climber, slide and bike rack; recent improvements include landscaping with 75 trees planted and a 4" well, constructed to provide drinking water. 39-acre Lurton Park, the site of the former C. W. Gordon farmstead originally established in the nineteenth century, features wetlands, forested slopes and an open field area on the southwestern shore of Lake Classen; the site was donated to the city for use as a passive, natural environmental park. French Creek Preserve houses a pond and restored prairie in a wetland complex that provides habitat for many land and water species and ultimately drains to Crystal Bay in Lake Minnetonka. Two blinds have been constructed for convenient viewing of wildlife. 15 acre Lowry Woods Nature Area, a woodland now accessible to the public, contains (on the upper plateau) 100 year old red oaks, sugar maples, ash and hickory trees with smaller maples under the canopy of the larger trees; a forest slope on the east edge contains large aspen, ironwood and basswood trees. Nelson Lakeside Park, located near Orono in Long Lake, houses a pavilion operated by the Orono Lions Club, a fishing pier and a boat launch. Parks in Long Lake can be rented for family events such as picnics or graduation parties. Orono parks allow for passive recreation activities such as walking, fishing, and observing wildlife; as well as active play activities including team sports, horseback riding, jogging, skating, skiing, boating, camping, swimming, and use of playground equipment. 9-hole Orono Golf Course 265 S Orono Orchard Rd, on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka in Orono, features varying topography, elevated greens, mature trees and a wooded buffer around edge of the course. The facility offers a club house that serves sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks and 3.2 beer; a parking area that can accommodate up to 60 cars; and picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. The course, open to residents and non-residents; is open to student groups and leagues, including Junior, Corporate, Mixed Men's, and Couples/Mixed Singles leagues; all leagues play on weekday evenings. The course is open for sledding during the winter.

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Osseo Parks 415 Central Ave Osseo MN 55369 763-425-5741

Recreation facilities in Osseo include Osseo Community Center, Boerboom Veterans Park, and Sipe Park. Boerboom Veterans Park features picnic tables, landscaping, Veterans monuments, and a band shell that hosts summer concerts, performances, and the weekly movies in the park on Tuesday evenings in June, July & August (sometimes preceded by music in the park). Sipe Park features tennis courts, a ball field with lights (available for reservation), and playground equipment. Osseo Maple Grove Athletic Association, through Osseo School District, offers a summer recreation program for children. Osseo Community Center is available to rent for events such as athletic banquets, wedding receptions, and anniversary celebrations. Senior groups use the facility of Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; activities include blood pressure checks, card games, bingo, potluck lunch, and snacks (763-424-7882 for info). Three Rivers Park District (county) operates Elm Creek Park Reserve & Eastman Nature Center (13351 Elm Creek Rd 763-694-7700); the park features Biking, Cross-Country Ski & Snowmobile Trails, a Swimming Lake, Camping  facilities, Horseback Riding, and Picnic Areas. Osseo Farmers Market, adjacent to Boerboom Park, is runs on Tuesday afternoons from July through September.

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Plymouth Parks and Recreation 3400 Plymouth Blvd Plymouth MN 55447 763-509-5000

Recreation facilities in Plymouth include Plymouth Ice Center (PIC), Plymouth Creek Center (PCC), a 136-mile network of city, state, and regional trails, and 53 developed parks (city, special use, neighborhood & school, playfields), which collectively feature Trails, Play Structures, Picnic Shelters, Softball/Baseball Fields (some lighted), Soccer/Football Fields (some lighted), Tennis Courts (lighted), Basketball & Volleyball Courts, Disc Golf Courses, Boat Launches, Fishing Spots, Swimming Areas, Canoe Storage (racks available for rental), Skating Rinks (General & In-line Skating), Warming Houses, Sliding Hills, Meeting Rooms, Concessions, Portable Toilets, Restrooms, and Off Road Parking. Features unique to specific centers include Picnic Tables at East Medicine Lake Park and an Amphitheater at Parkers Lake Park. Special use facilities include Plymouth Dog Park, Skate Park, Bocce Ball, and Pickle Ball. 10 acre Plymouth Dog Park, an off-leash area bordered by private property on County Road 47 west of Dunkirk Lane, houses a separate fenced area for small dogs. The Skate Park, housed in Plymouth Creek Park (3625 Fernbrook Lane), provides a variety of ramps and rails for skateboarders and in-line skaters. The Plymouth Creek Center front desk, 14800 34th Ave, has Bocce ball equipment available for check out; the city’s Bocce ball courts are free to use. Pickle Ball facilities, located at 10011 36th Ave, allow participants to combine Tennis and Ping-Pong. 120,000 square foot Plymouth Ice Center (PIC), provides year-round multipurpose skating opportunities (e.g. hockey, skating classes, open skate, parent/tot skate); recreational classes, meeting rooms and tournament facilities; the center has 3 separate rinks. Wayzata Youth Hockey Association uses the facility, along with Providence Academy, Life Time Fitness, Wayzata School District, local hockey associations, and the city and state, all of whom have put resources into this facility. Plymouth Creek Center (PCC), located on the edge of Millennium Garden, hosts meetings, large celebrations and theatre productions; houses programs for seniors (trips, clubs, classes, fitness and arts/crafts) and general recreation activities; and is rented frequently for private events, including weddings, neighborhood meetings and corporate gatherings. Millennium Garden features a variety of flower gardens, trails, walkways, fountains, a labyrinth and open space. The center’s open air field and athletic fields are also available to rent. Plymouth Fieldhouse provides artificial field turf for indoor sports programs, recreation activities and special events; walkers and joggers can also use the field house during winter months. The Recreation Division sponsors year-round programs, classes, concerts, special events, trips, team sports, and sport instruction for youth, adults, and families. Special recreation programs, in cooperation with Senior Community Services and Reach for Resources, are offered for seniors and people with disabilities.

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Richfield Parks and Recreation Community Center 7000 Nicollet Ave Richfield MN 55423 612-861-9395

Recreation facilities in Richfield include Richfield Community Center (which offers rooms available to rent for meetings & small events), Wood Lake Nature Center, and  23 parks, which collectively feature walking and bike paths, park buildings/shelters, softball & baseball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball, tennis, & volleyball courts, playgrounds, and ice skating & hockey rinks. Fairwood Park features the community's only horseshoe court. Veterans Memorial Park, 6335 Portland Ave, 612-861-9350, houses Richfield's largest playground facility & picnic pavilion, as well as Richfield Outdoor Pool, Richfield Ice Arena, Adventure Gardens, Mini-Golf & Malt Shop, and Honoring All Veterans Memorial. Richfield Ice Arena offers Open Skate & Youth Skating Lessons. Veterans Memorial Park host special events, including Richfield 4th of July Celebration, Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K, and Richfield Farmers Market, which operates on Saturday mornings, May through October, offering over 20 vendors of fruits and vegetables, musical performances, and free kids’ art activities. A satellite facility, Richfield 77th Street Market, is located at The Church of Assumption on Wednesdays from 2-7 PM, open from June through August. 150-acre Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr., 612-861-9365, features three miles of crushed limestone walking trails & boardwalks through the center's various habitats; and, weather-permitting, groomed cross-country ski trails. Other outdoor features include an observation shelter and docks, large picnic area, and 100-seat amphitheater. Indoors, the Interpretive Center offers visitors a chance to learn more about plants, animals and the environment; staff naturalists lead programs year-round for children and adults of all abilities (ages 4 and up). Adult classes usually meet in the evenings, Parent/Child programs on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, and Sunday afternoon activities on a first come, first served basis. Wood Lake Nature Center, through a partnership with the Richfield Public Schools, supplements their K-6 science curriculum, including tri-yearly visits by school children to the facility, funded by proceeds of the annual Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K held in early August. Summer Day Camps are offered for elementary school age children. Homeschool Co-ops, associations, groups, and individual families can participate in Wood Lake Nature Center monthly programs for homeschoolers grades K through 12 (612-861-9193 for info); Science Explorers is geared to elementary school age, Junior Scientist Program is designed for middle school, and Junior Scientist Leaders for high school age. Nature's Adventures is a separate program offered for preschoolers. Minnesota Biomes Exploration, designed for high school age students ages 15 and up, focuses on one of Minnesota's four biomes each year; students are introduced to ecology labs & terminology, read and write scientific papers, and learn research techniques that they would perform in a college science lab. Each session ends with a camping trip to a state park in the biome being studied. Naturalist-led 90-ninute programs available daily year round can help scouts earn merit badges. Wood Lake Nature Center can adapt programs and classes, tailoring them for adults, older adults, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, or any other special population. The center's auditorium, which includes a fireplace, seating for 60-80, tables and chairs, and a view of the marsh, is available for rent for birthdays, wedding receptions, meetings, celebrations, and anniversaries; 2-hour birthday celebrations include 1 hour with naturalist and 1 hour in party room. Richfield Community Center hosts many Department programs, including schools-out activities, Youth Dance (creative movement, tap, ballet, kick line, jazz), adaptive recreation, and senior programs, including a daily senior dining program. Preschool age programs include Wiggles & Giggles Preschool, and Music Together. Youth/Teen activities/classes include Moose Mountain Adventure Golf & Movie, No Kids Left Indoors Trip to the Landing, Child & Babysitting Safety Clinic, Home Alone Safety Class, Summer Playground Program, and Tennis Lessons. Non-profit and volunteer organizations operate youth athletic programs (team sports), including Baseball (5-12 years, 13-15 years), Legion Baseball (16-18 years), Ruth/Mantle Baseball (16-18 years), Girls Softball (Fast & Slow Pitch), Football, Soccer, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball (gr. 1-8), Hockey, Gymnastics, and Swimming (Richfield Swim Club). Adult fitness & sports programs include Tai Chi, Jazzercise, Yoga, Cardio Blast, Aqua Fitness & Circuit Training, and athletic leagues (Softball, Kickball, 5 on 5 Basketball, Co-Rec Volleyball, Dodgeball). Various other educational and recreational classes, many listed as for older adults, are open to adults of all ages. Richfield-Bloomington Community Education offers adult continuing education opportunities. Older Adult Programs include day trips, classes in computers, health, and continuing education, exercise programs, senior dining, chorus (Silvernotes), ongoing card games, darts, games, and special events. Specific offerings include Bowling League, Pickle Ball, Bike Groups, Co-ed Volleyball, Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Bridge, Journey for Freedom Presentation, Be a Santa volunteer opportunity, Watercolor Painting, Open Card Making, Line Dancing, Fiddle Lessons, Read-A-Story Theater, Silvernotes Choral Group, Health/Wellness (Understanding Medicare, Health Insurance Help, Creative Meal Planning for One or Two People, Memory Loss Support Group), Digital Photography, Computer Discussion Group, Computer Lab, Defensive Driving (8-hour course), Arts/Crafts, Bingo, Cribbage, Dart Baseball, Blood Pressure Checks, and Foot Care Clinic. Richfield is part of AR&LE, a four-city cooperative that offers adaptive and inclusion services to provide people with developmental disabilities recreational opportunities that meet their needs. AR&LE puts out a seasonal brochure; Free Ski/Snowboard is an example of adaptive recreation programs that they provide.

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Robbinsdale Parks and Recreation 4100 N Lakeview Ave Robbinsdale MN 55422 763-531-1278

Recreational and cultural facilities in Robbinsdale include Robbin Gallery & Historical Museum, Triangle Park Wading Pool, Manor Park Splash Pad, Robbinsdale Community Gyms and Fitness Center, located within the Robbinsdale Middle School Building (3730 N Toledo Ave, 763-531-1278 for general info or 763-442-1686 for the gym), and neighborhood parks and trail. Robbinsdale Community Gyms and Fitness Center includes a weight room and 2 gyms; admission is through pay on a daily basis or purchase of a membership. The facility is open daily (hours vary) during the school year (non-school hours) and Mon.-Sat. during the summer. The gym is available for rental. Fitness & sports classes include Soo Bahk Do Family Yoga, Family Kayaking, Archery (youth), Football Kids, Youth Soccer & Volleyball, and for adults, Jazzercise, Zumba, and Yoga. The Community Room in the lower level of the Police & Fire Building hosts a "Body Sculpture" on Tuesday (late aft/early eve). Class Arts classes include Art in Action for youth and the Out & About/Art Sampler day trip for adults. Robbinsdale partners with MN Volleyball Headquarters to offer open Volleyball night on Wednesdays at the Robbinsdale Community Gyms and Fitness Center from 6-10 PM. Adult sports leagues offered during the school year include 3 on 3 Basketball and Over 40 Volleyball. Youth sports groups active in Robbinsdale include MN Thunder West Academy Soccer Club (traveling soccer), Golden Valley Phoenix Soccer Club (Recreational and Competitive Traveling, ages 9 through 17), Robbinsdale Little League (ages 7-12), Cooper Armstrong Girls Fastpitch Softball (ages 9-18), Armstrong Cooper Youth Football, Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association (ACYBA, ages 13-21), Armstrong Cooper Youth Lacrosse. Additional sports, such as Youth Basketball, Flag Football, & Youth Soccer Little Kickers, may be available through Robbinsdale cooperation with nearby cities, including Brooklyn Center, 763-569-3400; Crystal, 763-531-0052 and Maple Grove, 763-494-6511. Triangle Park Wading Pool and Manor Park Splash Pad are open during the summer. Robbin Gallery & Historical Museum is open to the public. The Gallery operates from 5:30-8:30 PM T-TTH and Noon-4 PM Fri/Sat; monthly shows feature local artists. The Historical Museum, which is open to the public on Fridays from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and Saturdays from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, features rotating displays.  Robbinsdale City Band is open to all adults who play a band instrument. The Community Room of the Police and Fire Building hosts the Friendly Robins Club for adults age 55 & up on Wednesday afternoons; activities include 500 and Bunco and refreshments are served. Residents age 60 & up may use the Five Cities bus for transportation to Senior Club meetings, congregate dining, shopping and special events, pick-up is available at specified locations in Robbinsdale (763-531-1259 for info or monthly schedule). Special events in Robbinsdale include the annual Whiz Bang Days; individuals interested in planning this event can join the Whiz Bang Days Committee, which meets on the third Monday evening of each month (except July).

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Rockford Parks and Recreation 6031 Main St Rockford MN 55373 763-477-6565

Recreational facilities in Rockford include 5 parks, which collectively feature playground equipment, picnic areas and basketball courts. Mutterer Park also features open space to play softball. Riverside Park houses a walking path, fishing pier, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, skate boarding, a gazebo and a community center. The community center is available for rent for gatherings of up to 80 people; the gazebo can also be reserved for special occasions. Sand Volleyball leagues (adult and junior) have formed for the season; registration starts in March of each year.

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Rogers Parks and Recreation 22350 S Diamond Lake Rd Rogers MN 55374 763-428-2253

Recreational facilities in Rogers include Rogers Activity Center, Rogers Elementary, Middle and High schools, and 8 parks. The school and park facilities collectively feature Playgrounds, Picnic Areas, Softball/Baseball & Soccer Fields, Basketball Courts, Trails, Nature Areas, Sledding Hills, Hockey Rinks, Activity Buildings, Restrooms, and Off-Street Parking. Rogers Middle School houses Tennis Courts; Triangle Park features 3.4 acres of Community Gardens, Horseshoe Courts, and a Skating Rink. The Rogers Activity Center, 21080 141st Ave, 763-428-1033, houses the Rogers Youth Hockey Association and the Rogers Royals boys and girls High School Hockey Teams and hosts their games, tournaments, and practices; the center also offers/hosts Open Hockey, Summer Camps, Leagues, Meetings, and Community Events. The center's activity room is available to rent; the 3,000 square foot room, which has a 400 person capacity, is carpeted, accessible by stairs or elevator, and equipped with 100 Chairs, 27 tables (6'x28"), Podium/Media Cart, Ceiling Hooks, LCD Projector, Projection Screen, Over Head Projector Sound System with or without Microphone, Easel with Flip Pad or White Board, TV (32"), and VCR/DVD. The center also houses a Pro Shop, which rents hockey and skating supplies and offers Skate sharpening and Hockey Stick repair services.

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Shorewood Parks and Recreation 5755 Country Club Rd Shorewood MN 55356 952-960-7900

Recreational facilities in Shorewood include Crescent Beach (public swim area), Southshore Community Center, Skate Park (open during the summer), and 6 parks, which collectively feature Playground Equipment, Picnic Tables, Grills, Picnic Shelters, Multi-use Buildings, Tennis & Volleyball Courts, Warming Houses, Hockey Rinks, Ice Skating Areas Guarded Swimming Beaches, and Drinking Fountains. Freeman Park also features a Concession Building, Trail, Little League Field, Baseball Field, Softball Field, and Soccer Area. South Shore Community Park houses Skate Board Ramps. Silverwood Park features a Sledding Hill, Practice Tennis Court, and Basketball Court. Badger Park houses a Football Field. Picnic shelters are available on a first come first serve basis, but are also available to reserve, along with Ice Rinks, Ball Fields, and Multi-Use Buildings. Freeman Park hosts Arctic Family Fever Festival in January; a sledding hill is built specially for the event. Minnetonka Community Education and organized sports organizations also provide a variety of programs. Three Rivers Park District (county) facilities include nature centers, golf courses, downhill ski area, hiking/biking/horseback riding/cross country ski trails; and camping/swimming/boating/picnicking/ice skating/snowshoeing areas. Southshore Community Center offers recreational & educational programs for all ages. Programs, activities, and events held in Shorewood include Tennis Adult Weekly Drills, Safety Camp, Movies in Badger Park, Fitness4Friends (Circuit training, yoga, Zumba, cardio kick-boxing, Alexander Technique), Cinderella Daddy/Daughter Ball, Classes (and camps) with Mrs. M (summer: e.g. Puppy Olympics, Volcanos, Dinos & Digging things Up, Jr. Explorers: Bobcat, Wolf, Rabbit & Turtle, Detective Gadgett: Flight! Flight!, Zaboo 4 U, Sea Creatures Around the World; fall: e.g. Jr. Chefs of Southshore Academy Sushi Making, and Mannerly Manners® Club for ages 3-7). In addition, Mrs. M's offers Fall Classes that have a weekly theme that includes games, songs and an art project; 3 90-minute sessions for children ages 3-12 are offered each weekday between 9:30 & 2:00 ($8 per section, lunchtime participants bring own lunch). Just for Kix Dance classes are offered starting Oct. 1 during the school year; an open house is held in September for families to get more information or register. Arts/Crafts activities include a Quilting Group that meets on Wednesdays, Watercolor Series, Basket Weaving Mosaic Topped, and Velvet Lined Treasure Box Workshop with Georgia Kandiko, and Fused Glasses Dish or Pendant Making Workshop. Senior Activities at Southshore Community Center include Weekly lunch on TTH, AAA – Drivers Refresher Course, Dance Fitness Class, Fit Ball Class, Chair Class, Line Dancing, Blood Pressure Check, Book Club, Knitting Club, Mahjong, Bridge, and ‘Happy Feet’ foot massage (monthly, 3rd Monday). Senior Partners memberships are available; members receive a newsletter, reduced price lunches, and discounts on some classes and trips (952-474-7635 for info). South Shore Community Center sponsors an Advisory Group; members meet on a drop-in basis on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 to socialize & share ideas; lunch is provided for all that made lunch reservations. Sports organizations active in Shorewood include South Tonka Baseball, East Tonka Little League, Tonka Babe Ruth – Minnetonka, Baseball Minnetonka, Girls Softball, Adult Softball, Tonka Football Association. Tonka United Soccer, Minnetonka Lacrosse, and Minnetonka Youth Hockey. Shorewood Recreation Department hosts Oktoberfest each year; this free event offers polka music, food, and wine and beer tasting courtesy of Cellars Wine and Spirits and Excelsior Brewing.

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Spring Park City Parks 4349 Warren Ave Spring Park MN 55356 952-471-9051

Recreation facilities in Spring Park include Thor Thompson & Wilkes Park, which collectively feature play structures, swings, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. Thor Thompson Park also features benches, a small basketball court and a baseball field; Wilkes Park is equipped with a merry-go-round and open, grassy play space. Tennis Courts are located a half block from Thompson Park on Park Lane.

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Three Rivers Park District Silverwood Park 2500 E County Rd St Anthony MN 55374 763-559-9000 (Main)

Recreation facilities in St. Anthony include Three River Park District's Silverwood Park, which features trails around Silver Lake, restored prairie, mature oak forests, a visitor center, art gallery, education facilities, rental spaces for events, a café/coffee shop, picnic sites, fishing spots, and an outdoor performance venue. Silverwood staff and outside expert instructors offer nature-inspired arts classes year round. A sampling of events/programs/classes at Silverwood Park includes MacPhail Family Music, Watercolor Painting, Sunset Yoga, Homeschool Art Adventures: Harvesting the Arts, Self-Guided Clay Exploration, Doodlebugs, and Pumpkin Carving.

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St Bonifacius Parks 8535 Kennedy Memorial Dr. St Bonifacius MN 55375 952-446-1061

Recreation facilities in St. Bonifacius include Don Logelin Memorial Lions & City Hall Parks. Don Logelin Memorial Lions Park houses a picnic shelter and a playground equipped with swings, a seesaw with rubber bumpers, a merry-go-round, backhoe diggers, and a climb "n" slide structure. City Hall Park features a ball field with Outfield fence, Backstop, Dugout Screens, and Aluminum Bleachers that can seat 50 (total capacity of 100).

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St Louis Park Parks and Recreation 5005 Minnetonka Blvd St Louis Park MN 55416 952-924-2540

Recreation facilities in St Louis Park include the Rec Center, Lenox Community Center, Westwood Hills Nature Center, and 51 parks, which collectively feature picnic facilities, trails, buildings, shelters, baseball & softball fields, football/soccer fields, outdoor figure skating and hockey rinks, and play equipment. The Rec Center houses an outdoor aquatic park and two indoor ice arenas. The ice rinks host Big Cats (parent/child pick-up hockey), Hockey Lessons, Competition (all ages, Skate Woodbury, White Bear Lake), Goblins on Ice (all ages), Hockey Skating Skills (ages 7-10), Adult Ice Skating Lessons, Skating through Time Exhibition, Teddy Bear (ages 2-3), Turkeys on Ice (free skating event on Nov. 21), Youth Open Hockey (ages 6-18, drop-in, non-school days/holidays, parent supervision recommended), Adult Open Hockey (age 16 & up, Noon-1:30 PM T/TH, schedule subject to change), and Tot/Youth Ice Skating Lessons (ages 3-15). The Ice Rink and adjacent Gallery Room are available to rent for events or birthday parties. Public Open Indoor Skating is offered (select hours, daily admission rate or 10-pass punch card). The 20,000 square foot Outdoor Aquatic Park, 3700 Monterey Dr., 952-924-2567, features a Water playground with geysers and splash toys, a 25-meter lap pool, zero-depth entry, drop slides, winding water slides nearly four-stories high, a wet sand playground, a picnic gazebo, a concession stand, and an aqua obstacle course. Adult fitness/sports programs and teams include Yoga class, and 5-on-5 Basketball (competitive & recreational) 4-Person Football (Men’s touch, non-officiated) Indoor Volleyball (6-person, co-rec), Softball (co-rec, men’s, women’s), Soccer (co-rec, competitive & recreational), Kickball (co-rec, officiated), 6 Person Broomball (Competitive & Recreational, Men’s, Women’s, Co-Rec.), and Metro Ice Hockey (competitive, 2 levels). Youth programs, athletics and camps include Summer Playground Program, Youth Field Trips, Flag Football (gr. 1-2), Go Golfing (one day event at Brookview Golf Course in Golden Valley, ages 7-16), Outdoor Skateboard Camp, Kicks Soccer League (ages 7-8, Saturdays in Sept/Oct), Little Goblin Bash (ages 3-9, with adult), Great Pumpkin (all ages, trick or treat event), Youth Golf Lessons & League (ages 8-17), Kid Smart (Martial Arts Self Defense/Safety presentation, ages 5-12), Kids Turkey Bingo (1 day event, ages 6-12 at the Rec Center), Little Tigers Self Defense (ages 3-5), Tae Kwon Do (age 6 & up), Ski/Snowboard Instruction (ages 6-18), Indoor Skateboard Camps (age 6 & up), Rink Rat Hockey (Outdoor, ages 5-12), and Little Tot Playtime (ages 1-5, parent supervised). Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W Franklin Ave, 952-924-2544 encompasses an Interpretive Center Building and an adjacent Brick House that features a large central room with gas fireplace, two rooms for breakout activities, a full kitchen, a bathroom and a porch. The Brick House can be rented for meetings/seminars. Outdoor facilities include a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie, with wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails. Activities at the center include Open Range Archery, Wild Camera Summer Camp, Wolf Ridge Adventure Summer Camp, and Puppet Show: Acorny Tale; preschoolers can participate in Preschool Field Trips around the property, and Tuesday Turtles Preschool (ages 4-5, drop-off sessions, 1-3 PM) that includes puppets, stories, outdoor discovery hikes, creative arts and nature games. Family programs include Beginning & Open Range Archery (both for age 7 & up), Canoeing on Westwood Lake, Nature for the Very Young, NVY, Busy as a Bee and Cider Time, Honey Harvest (all one-time events, ages 3-5, parent/child), Annual Halloween Party, Family Mushrooming, Woodland Picture Frames, Critters Close Up (all ages, children accompanied by adult), and Westwood Playgroup (Birth to age 3). Homeschooling families can participate in monthly classes that focus on natural science skills and outdoor recreation; as well as programs for organized home school groups and co-ops. Westwood staff naturalists can also bring programs to community groups, such as preschoolers and senior adults. The center supports scout groups, who can fulfill badge requirements, do a group service project, earn an award or just get outside and explore during hands-on environmental education and outdoor recreation programs. The St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, features an outdoor aquatic park, two indoor ice arena used by both St. Louis Park and Benlide St. Margaret’s boys and girls High School hockey teams, and meeting and banquet facilities. The Summer Park Playground program meets at various park playgrounds during the summer for school age children. Other youth activities include Flag Football, Outdoor Skateboard Camp, Kicks Soccer League, Youth Golf Lessons & League, Tae Kwon Do, Ski/Snowboard Instruction, Rink Rat Hockey, Little Tot Playtime, and Special Events (Go Golfing, Little Goblin Bash, Great Pumpkin, Kid Smart). The St. Louis Park Senior Program, based at Lenox Community Center, operated through a partnership between the City of St. Louis Park and St. Louis Park Community Education, is open to anyone 55 years or older; activities/programs include tours, travel, socializing with friends, and classes such as ballroom dance floor and  the humanities. The Newscaster Newsletter details all activities, classes and outings. Mommy & Me (ages 20-48 months, w/parent or guardian), meets at Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Dr., (registration deadline 1 week before start of sessions). Arts programs include Abrakadoodle®, KIDCREATETM Studio and Creative Kidstuff, both programs have instructors from their respective organizations who supply all materials and allow participants to take home their creations. Athletic associations run programs and leagues in St. Louis Park; associations that are active include Baseball Association, Boys & Girls Soccer Association, Football Association, Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association, Hockey Association, Lacrosse Association Metro Ice Hockey League, Park Flyers Track & Field Club, and Traveling Basketball. Indoor Ice Skating & Hockey facilities offer Parent/Child pick-up hockey games, ice skating & hockey lessons, competition opportunities, and special events. A cooperative effort of Reach for Resources (REACH, 952-988-4177), and the cities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Chaska, Minnetonka, and Chanhassen provides an adaptive recreation program for individuals with developmental disabilities; an integration specialist assists people who want to participate in "non-adaptive" park and recreation programs. REACH services in Western Hennepin County also include independent living support and counseling. St Louis Park Parks and Recreation also organizes seasonal special events, summer concerts and holiday programs; designs events, programs and trips for children during holiday periods; provides support to independent youth athletic associations (schedules and rents outdoor athletic facilities); offers various special events for the teen program (ages 12-18); and rents meeting, party, event and picnic facilities.

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Wayzata Public Works/Parks 600 E Rice St Wayzata MN 55391 952-404-5300

Recreation facilities in Wayzata include Parks, Beach, Marina, City Docks, Playgrounds, Ice Rinks, Open Space Areas, and City Gardens. The Public Works department maintains these facilities.

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