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Music in the Park ends 2019Thank you to all those that have supported the Sunday night Burnsville Music in the Park series, over the years.The City of Burnsville is going in a different direction and will be eliminating the Sunday night series, though will have full day music events on June 6th, July 25th and August 22, 2019.
1966_parks_verion_1.pdf
Let's go to the Park, Burnsville Park Commission 1966Produced by the Village of Burnsville in 1966. The Commission recommends the acquisition of approximately 800 acres of land and its eventual development for park purposes. Just how these parks would be developed is discussed in this report. The Park Plan: Every person in Burnsville has some investment in the park area of this community as it stands today, and as it will be in the future. It is highly desirable that the total results add up to a proper environment for living, working, and enjoying leisure time....
1966_park_version_2.pdf
Let's go to the Park, Burnsville Park Commission 1966Produced by the Village of Burnsville in 1966. The Commission recommends the acquisition of approximately 800 acres of land and its eventual development for park purposes. Just how these parks would be developed is discussed in this report. The Park Plan: Every person in Burnsville has some investment in the park area of this community as it stands today, and as it will be in the future. It is highly desirable that the total results add up to a proper environment for living, working, and enjoying leisure time....
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North River Hills ParkWork at North River Hills Park.
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2011 - 2012 City of Burnsville Residents GuidePages 16 and 17 Burnsville Parks features: Lac Lavon, Cliff Fern Park, Crosstown West, Terrace Oaks West, Crystal Beach, Neil Park, picnic areas and information on the Heart of the City.
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Burnsville ParksExperience Burnsville 2014 features Burnsville's parks.
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Cliff Fen Park The initial design for the Splash pad at Cliff Fen Park.

June 25, 2015 Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News reports:

Setting is the popular Cliff Fen Park By John Gessner

Just in time for the dog days of summer, a 2,000-square-foot splash pad is set to debut at the Burnsville Lions Playground in Cliff Fen Park.

The pad, with up to 15 water features, will open the evening of Thursday, July 16. A grand opening will start at 6 p.m., with a ceremonial button-pushing at 6:30 to activate the water features, said Garrett Beck, Burnsville recreation supervisor.

The pad should be a hit, given the popularity of the park’s existing playground equipment and the splashing success of the streaming water feature in another Burnsville park, Nicollet Commons.

“Apple Valley has a splash pad and two swimming pools,” Beck said. “We don’t have a pool. The Nicollet Commons Park area is incredibly popular with the running water that goes through there. So it just made a lot of sense to have a splash pad go into a destination park like Lions Playground.”

The city is matching a $70,000 donation from the Burnsville Lions Club to build the $140,000 project. In 2013 the Lions donated $50,000 for finishing touches to a $300,000 play-equipment complex at Cliff Fen Park, located on East Cliff Road between Nicollet Avenue and River Ridge Boulevard in the Minnesota River bottom.

Burnsville Lions Playground, which opened in June 2013, replaced the worn Skyland Playground, which was more than 20 years old. Plans quickly followed for a splash pad in the destination park, which also features picnic shelters, a volleyball court, soccer and football fields, nature trails and a scenic wetland.

“Both the city and the Lions looked at future steps as it relates to providing more at Lions Park,” said Steve Knudsen, club president.

The Lions, funded by charitable gambling, have also committed $50,000 to second-phase improvements planned for Burnsville’s skate park, according to the city. The club has also donated $49,000 for improvements to the gun range in the basement of the police station, said member Bill Johnson, a city volunteer.

“Our club basically works on a concept of highest-priority community needs is where the funds go,” said Knudsen, adding that in an average month, the club donates $25,000 to $30,000. “The city’s priorities get ranked in there with other priorities in the community, such as food shelves. We do have a rhyme to our reason in terms of how we donate our money.”

Splash pad

The figure 8-shaped concrete pad will have a toddler area, a family area and an area for older children, with higher-intensity water features, Beck said.

There you can point water cannons at your friends, while the toddler area will have gentler sprays from a frog feature the little ones can rotate.

In all, there will be 12 to 15 water features, Beck said.

“When you push a button it will activate a different zone that will run for a set amount of time,” he said. “Then the water shuts off and someone else will push the button, and it will activate a new set. The splash pad is never running at 100 percent capacity. It’s always running different features at different times.”

The family area will have an overhead dumping bucket atop a tall flower feature.

“That bucket will fill up, and at some point when it gets so heavy, it will just dump the water,” Beck said. “Kids will stand underneath it with the intention of getting dumped on or avoiding getting dumped on.”

The grand opening will feature music and ice cream. Cliff Fen Park is at 120 E. Cliff Road
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Burnsville Parks 2017An informational map created by the City of Burnsville.
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Nicollet Commons ParkThursdays rock in Nicollet Commons Park! Events are geared toward preschool and elementary children, but are fun for all ages.

Shown is Nicollet Commons Park rocking on June 29, 2017 with a Rockin' Lunch Hour performance by Big Epic Show. Rockin' Lunch Hour performances for kids happen every Thursday during the summer. Prior to Rockin’ Lunch Hour Concerts, elementary principals from Independent School District 191 will read some great books to kids. Books are geared toward elementary and preschool children. Sponsored by Independent School District 191 and City of Burnsville. Photos courtesy of the City of Burnsville.
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City of Burnsville Recreation Times for 2019City of Burnsville 2019 Parks and Recreation informational booklet.
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Burnsville Parks 2019This map showing Burnsville Parks appeared in the 2019 - 2020 Community Guide.
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Wednesday in the Park 1977Wednesday in the Park - Maynard Ferguson and Tim McMurtie - Band X . July 6, 1977 Burnsville Current photo.
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Cross Country Ski activity 1976December 15, 1976 Burnsville Current photo figures a Cross Country Skiing winter event.
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Biking in BurnsvilleUnidentified bikers near Minnesota River Valley with Blackdog in the background. Circa 1977 Burnsville Current.
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Winter fun- tobogganingTobogganing at Burningham Hill. January 19, 1977 Burnsville Current photo.
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Burnsville Parks circa 1977A Burnsville Current photo of cross country skiing.
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Burnsville Parks 1979Cross County skiers in an unidentified Bursnville Park - Burnsville Current photo.
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Wedneday in the Park moves insideDavid and Sarah Kix find themselves inside after Wednesday in the Park day is full of rain. July 6, 1977 Burnsville Current.
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Fun in the Park 1970sThere are no names or the kids or the park in this Burnsville Current photo from around 1977.
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ParksUnidentified kids having fun in a Burnsville Park. Undated Burnsville Current photo circa 1977.
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kids in the park 1978Burnsville Current photo from 1978 showing a neighborhood park.
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Wednesday in the Park 1977The popular Wednesday evening Tradition at the Civic Center Park.
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Wednesday in the Park 1977The popular Wednesday evening event on the City Hall campus.
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Residents planting trees 1977May 4, 1977 Burnsville Current photo - Citizens plant 1000 seedlings.
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Wednesday in the Park 1978The Minnesota Kicks at Wednesday in the Park. August 9, 1978 Burnsville Current.
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Wednesday in the Park 1977Walt Kallestad, Prince of Peace Music Director performs at Wednesday in the Park. Circa 1977 Burnsville Current.
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Wednesday in the Park 1978A scene from the popular Wednesday in the Park. June 21, 1978 Burnsville Current.
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Wednesday in the Park 1978The popular Wednesday evening event on the City Hall campus.
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Wednesday in the Park Sam Bick of the Minnesota Kicks at Wednesday in the Park. August 9, 1978 Burnsville Current photo.
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Wednesday in the Park 1978The popular Wednesday evening event on the City Hall campus.
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