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Burnsville Lions 2016Burnsville Lions 2016
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Burnsville Lions Club Members John Gargaro, Ron KIranig and Gene Simmons. March 29, 1978 Burnsville Current.
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Burnsville Lions An informational brochure for the Burnsville Lions. 2017
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Burnsville LionsThe October 2017 brochure for the Burnsville Lions Club.
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Burnsville Lions History 2018This history of the Burnsville Lions is found on their website:

Burnsville Lions Club History

The Burnsville Lions Club has been, for over forty years, one of the best kept secrets in Burnsville. Since its inception in 1966, the club has had an important, if not almost invisible, presence in the Burnsville/Savage area, following the Lions motto of “We Serve” faithfully.

The club, which was sponsored by Lions clubs from Farmington and Lakeville, was originally chartered with 31 members, all men, with Robert Stumm as its first president. The club welcomed women into the fold in 1992, and now has as many women as men. Today, we boast a membership of 38 members, 19 women and 19 men, 11 of which are husband and wife duos.

During its first 15 years, the club raised over $40,000 through events such as pancake breakfasts, Las Vegas nights, White Elephant sales, popcorn and light bulb sales, and more. One notable donation made by the club was the electronic scoreboard and Pates Stadium at Burnsville High School, which is still in use today.

It was also the Burnsville Lions Club that led the effort to arrange the first Fire Muster Community Parade, an event that is now a tradition for Burnsville’s annual community festival.

In 1990, the club decided to enter into charitable gambling as a way to raise more money to support the club’s efforts. Currently, we offer charitable gambling at local Burnsville establishments Carbone’s and Venue 13’s, and at McHugh’s Public House in Savage. When citizens participate in the charitable gambling offered by the club, they may not always win – but the community at large wins every time. One of our first notable donations from gambling revenues was a $50,000 pledge to the Minnesota Valley YMCA for a new building in Burnsville.

From 1996 to the present day, we have expanded our efforts and now annually pump over $100,000 back into the community and into a variety of national and even international causes. One of our top efforts is collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids and distributing those items to people who can use them.

Other efforts include: purchasing equipment for local police and fire departments, giving flowers on Valentine’s Day to the residents of three area nursing homes, providing activities for seniors, working with Armful of Love during the holiday season, and sponsoring the efforts of DARTS, CAP, CAC, and the YMCA. We also support the efforts of the Salvation Army by ringing the bells every December, the Relay for Life cancer research, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and recently Feed My Starving Children.

We also support many causes championed by the Lions organization as a whole. Lions projects we support include summer camps for the disabled, the MN Lions Eye Bank, MN Lions Hearing Foundation, various hearing, sight, and service dog providers, diabetes awareness, and Sight First, an effort to eradicate river blindness throughout the developing world.

Our club also has a strong record of supporting the youth in our community and schools. Our most ex citing project is every year providing a new dictionary to all third grade students in District 191, as well as Glendale Elementary in District 719. Our club won the WCCO Good Neighbor Award in 2005 for our support of this project. We also support disadvantaged youth by providing eye exams and glasses for those unable to afford them on their own, as well as providing a supply school supplies to each elementary school. And, we offer at least five scholarships to the seniors of Burnsville High School, with at least one scholarship going to a student who is either sight or hearing impaired. In 2013, we pledged $50,000 to the City of Burnsville in a partnership to build the Burnsville Lions Playground at Clifff Fen Park, and we also donated funds to improve park facilities in Savage as well.

The Burnsville Lions Club is able to do all this through the volunteered time and effort of its members and supporters, as well as through various fund raising activities including a craft sale and food concessions, State Fair Kidway ticket sales, an annual golf tournament, an annual garage sale during River Hills Days, and through our charitable gambling operations. Since 1966, our club is approaching $1 million in total donations given to our community and elsewhere.

We are always happy to welcome new members of all ages and walks of life who are interested in helping their community. Please contact us at burnsvillelionsclub@yahoo.com for more information on our club, our community, and what it means and takes to be a Lion. You will not be disappointed!
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Burnsville Lions - Splash PadThe Splash Pad area of the Cliff Fen Park includes a unique water fountain - representing the Burnsville Lions, who sponsored the play area and Splash Pad.
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Burnsville Lions Club roars again with playground donation 2014A press release from the City of Burnsville - April 24, 2014 announces the Burnsville City Council accepted a donation for $70,000 from the Burnsville Lions Club to be used to add a splash pad play area to the Lions Playground at Cliff Fen Park. In 2013 the Club donated $50,000 to add the finishing touches to the former Skyland Playground.
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Burnsville Lions Club PlaygroundThe Burnsville Lions Playground at Cliff Fen Park opened in 2014 and is a favorite destination for Burnsville residents. The park is open from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. The playground has 87 play pieces and is able to accommodate up to 265 children at one time. Play pieces are geared toward children of all ages. There is plenty of room for everyone to run, slide, swing and climb.

In addition to the new playground equipment, the City has also added electricity and Wi-Fi to the shelters and park. Cliff Fen is used widely for family reunions, birthday parties, neighborhood gatherings and families just wanting to have fun. Other amenities include three picnic shelters, a volleyball court, soccer/football fields, nature trails and scenic wetland.
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Burnsville Lions Club PlaygroundBurnsville Lions Playground shown in the fall of 2017.
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Cliff Fen Park Splash pad 2015Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville of the dedication of the Splash Park October, 2015. The city and Burnsville Lions Club each pitched in $70,000 for the splash pad, which has about a dozen water features that will spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within their reach.

Shown Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Steve Knudsen of the Burnsville Lions at the ribbon cutting.

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Burnsville Lions Skate ParkBurnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Lions Club PlaygroundBurnsville Lions' Lion at the opening of the Park named in his honor. Photo compliments of the City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Lions - Splash PadShown Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and members of the Burnsville Lions at the ribbon cutting/ dedication of the Splash Pad

The splash pad at Burnsville Lions Playground in Cliff Fen Park held its grand opening on July 16, 2015. The 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.

The grand opening included music, ice cream and more! The city and Burnsville Lions Club each pitched in $70,000 for the splash pad, which has about a dozen water features that will spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within their reach. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Burnsville Lions Skate Park (B &W)Burnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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Cliff Fen Park Splash pad 2015The splash pad at Burnsville Lions Playground in Cliff Fen Park held its grand opening on July 16, 2015. The 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. The grand opening included music, ice cream and more! The city and Burnsville Lions Club each pitched in $70,000 for the splash pad, which has about a dozen water features that will spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within their reach. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
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The Burnsville Lion tries out the new skate parkBurnsville Lions Skate Park is a 5,500-sq.-ft.,Tier I outdoor facility for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. 2016 upgrades include an amoeba-shaped bowl with extension, six-stair set with handrail and step up, a variety of grind ledges/boxes, transition hips and a China bank that is designed for all ages and skill levels. The park is located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. Photo compliments City of Burnsville.
   
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