Spring has sprung! Wanna get fresh? Then get outside and enjoy all this amazing season has to offer. From walking and biking to playgrounds and community events, Burnsville has endless opportunities to get out and savor the sunshine! Burnsville Recreation Supervisor and resident expert on fun in the sun, Kelly Hansen, shares her insights on all things outside.
1. What is your role with the City of Burnsville Parks and Recreation department?
I am the Recreation Supervisor and am in charge of all youth and family programs, preschool spots, tennis, special events, youth athletic associations, outdoor rinks and all season pt staff.
2. How long have you been in this role?
I have been with the City of Burnsville Recreation Department for 15 years.
3. What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is working with seasonal staff and the great community groups.
4. How many parks are in Burnsville? How many miles of trails?
There are 78 total parks and 20.5 miles of walking/hiking/biking trails in Burnsville.
5. What kinds of amenities do these parks have that visitors might be interested in?
Walking & biking paths, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and grills. They are a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and take in some beautiful scenery. The Burnsville Skate Park is a 5,500 square foot, Tier 1 park for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. If beautiful gardens are more your style, relax and take it all in at one of Burnsville Community Gardens located in Neill Park and Wolk Park.
6. Which parks are the most popular?
While all of Burnsville’s parks have something to offer, here are a few of the most popular spots.
Nicollet Commons Park – Nicollet Commons Park is one of the first “town square” style parks to be developed in the metro area suburbs and serves as the focal point of the City’s 54-acre mixed-use development known as the “Heart of the City”. Nestled between retail shops, restaurants, diverse housing, office space and the Ames Center, the park is home to an ever-popular water feature and numerous City events.
Lac Lavon Park – Lac Lavon Park is a 71-acre park, home to a premier athletic complex, complete with six lighted softball fields, tennis courts, expansive green space and other park amenities. The park covers 71 acres, allowing for endless recreation opportunities.
Crystal Beach – Crystal Beach is highlighted by open green space, an unguarded swimming beach, picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, informal playfield and concession stand – making it ideal for an afternoon in the sun. Concessions are available throughout the summer months.
Lions Playground – The Burnsville Lions Playground was built in 2013 thanks to a large financial contribution from the Burnsville Lions Club. This “destination playground” is home to 87 play pieces geared toward children of all ages. In addition, the newly opened Lions splash pad covers approximately 2,000 square feet, with 12-15 water features meant to spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within its reach.
Terrace Oaks Park – Trrace Oaks Park is an outdoor recreation haven with trails for some great hiking and mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. The widespread park provides opportunities for people of all ages and interests.
Birnamwood Public Golf Course – Golf is for everyone at Birnamwood! Get into the swing at this nine-hole, par 27 public golf course is a fun, affordable way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. An average round takes one-and-a-half hours so you always have time to squeeze in a little fun!
For a full list of parks and amenities visit www.burnsville.org/parks.
7. What are some of the spring and summer events and festivals that visitors might want to check out while in town?
The City of Burnsville has a rich history of celebrations and community events and we invite all of our residents and visitors alike to take part in one or all throughout the year!
During the summer months, bring the kids to Nicollet Commons Park for Rockin’ Lunch Hour, featuring live entertainment and family fun. For the movie enthusiast, grab your blanket or chair and head to Nicollet Commons Park on Friday nights for Flick on the Bricks. Movies begin at dusk and viewing is free.
The International Festival of Burnsville, held in July, is a free festival featuring entertainment, food, crafts and festivities representing all corners of the world. Held in Nicollet Commons Park, this all-ages event is full of music, food and fun with an ethnic flare!
Come Fall, you won’t want to miss the annual Fire Muster celebration, a multi-day community event that features a fire truck and community parade, demonstrations by emergency personnel, fireworks, a carnival and game and activities for all ages. Also, don’t miss out on the Halloween Fest where ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes of all ages flock to Nicollet Commons Park for the illuminated treat trail, music, activities and more!
8. Lastly, what is your favorite Burnsville park and why?
My favorite would have to be Terrace Oaks Park because I love to mountain bike!
For a full list of community events held throughout the year visit www.burnsville.org/events.
For more information on the City of Burnsville Parks and Recreation department and the amenities and events available throughout the year visit www.burnsville.org/recreation.
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