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Burnsville’s Parks Department is responsible for maintaining parks and boulevards.
Burnsville Parks System
Burnsville Parks and Trails Map
The Burnsville Park System contains approximately 1,750 acres spread throughout 76 parks. Approximately one-third of the parkland is developed for active uses. The other two-thirds are preserved as natural areas, some accessed by trails.
are intended to attract users from the entire community. They also include the majority of the park system’s special uses and facilities such as the ice center, boat landings and fishing docks. The 16 community parks generally are 20 acres or more in size and include intensive recreational facilities, such as playing fields and courts, and/or natural areas for more individualized recreation. They are strategically located so that most households are within one mile of a community park.
range from four to 40 acres in size and generally feature play structures and playing fields. A few neighborhood parks include natural areas or special use facilities such as a sledding hill or fishing dock. Neighborhood parks are intended to be located within one-half to three-fourths of a mile of all households and to be accessible on foot.
are generally one to three acres in size, although a few range up to eight acres. Some of the City's 23 mini parks function as play lots, with play equipment and an informal playfield, while others are largely natural open spaces. Mini parks have traditionally been designed to serve neighbors within a convenient walking distance and to serve persons with limited mobility such as small children and the elderly.
There are nine
that are intended to remain undeveloped. They provide neighborhoods with natural open and/or wooded spaces.
Burnsville is also home to two major
. Part of the Black Dog Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 1,300 acres in size, is located in the northeast portion of the City. Part of Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve, a 2,400 acre regional park in Dakota and Scott Counties, is located in the City’s southwest corner.
Some of the many amenities in the park system are:
Natural Hiking Trails
Cross Country Ski Trails
Mountain Bike Trails
In-line Skating Rinks
Two Public Beaches
Hockey and Pleasure Rinks
Frisbee Golf Course
Numerous Athletic Fields
Canoe Rack Rentals
Splash Pad & Water Feature Closing for Season Sept. 30
The Burnsville Lions Splash Pad at Cliff Fen Park will be taking a brief ‘cat nap’ over the winter before reopening again next spring. The water feature at Nicollet Commons Park will be doing the same. The last open date for both will be Friday, Sept. 30.
Jon Nissen, Superintendent
13713 Frontier Ct
Burnsville, MN 55337
6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday
City of Burnsville
Minnesota 100 Civic Center Pkwy Burnsville, MN 55337
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