Springbrook Expansion Open House

Springbook Nature Center invites you to a public Open House!

Monday, February 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at SNC, 100 85th Avenue NE

We invite you to stop by and learn more about the expansion and renovation of Springbrook Nature Center as the SPRING (Sanctuary Protection and Renewal Into the Next Generation) project takes the next step. On December 9, Fridley City Council approved an agreement with Partners & Sirny Architects for design services of the expansion of the Interpretive Center. This open house will give you the opportunity to view the design plans, offer comments and learn more about the overall scope of the SPRING project.

snc logo transThis comprehensive plan to revitalize the 7-acre park entrance and building will allow the Nature Center to expand programming, host weddings and events, and continue to provide world-class environmental education to an ever-growing audience. The expanded interpretive building will triple its current size and include green technology into the design, including solar cells on the roof and the use of geothermal energy. The project received a giant step forward last year when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $5 million bonding bill for improvements to Springbrook. The cost of completing the entire vision for the SPRING project is estimated at $7.6 million and fundraising efforts are underway for the remaining expense.

Following the Open House, architects will make a presentation during the Fridley Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting, held at Springbrook. The public is welcome to stay for the meeting.

Discovery Dinners at Springbrook

The Perfect Night Out!Springbrook

Have you discovered Fridley's hidden gem? Springbrook Nature Center brings you the serenity and renewed spirit that only nature can provide, and now it's the perfect Night Out, too!

The Discovery Dinner series pairs lively educational programs with a delicious catered meal. Enjoy good company in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere. Registration is required and space is limited. Tickets are $25 each, or $22.50 when purchasing multiple tickets. Discovery Dinners take place on select Saturdays beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Call 763-572-3588 to reserve your night out.


February 21: Saving the Butterflies Butterfly2

Meet Karen Oberhauser from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. Take a look at the declining population of monarch butterflies and other insects, and learn what we can do to help. Here about the challenges and be a part of the solution.


SpringbrookswampblossomMarch 14: Springbrook Swampblossom

You've never heard story-telling quite like this! Join on own Mike Maher as he dones his alter-ego "Springbrook Swampblossom" and regails us with nature-based myths, legends and folklore. Don't miss this dynamic night of entertainment!

Openings on City Commissions

Currently, there are vacancies on the Planning Commission, the Appeals Commission and the Environmental Quality and Energy Commission. If you would like to be considered for these openings, please fill out a Commission Application or contact the Fridley City Manager's Office if you would like one mailed to you.

For further information about each commission, as well as the requirements for joining a commission, visit our City Commissions page. If you have any other questions, please contact the Fridley City Manager's Office.

Allied becomes Republic


New Name, Same Recycling Provider: Allied becomes Republic

The City of Fridley's recycling contractor has a new name: Republic. Formerly known as Allied Services, it is the same company, the same people and the same recycling services. Recycling carts will gradually upgrade to the Republic name. If residents have questions about their service, or to obtain a free upgrade to the next larger recycling cart, contact Republic at (952) 941-5174 or the City Environmental Planner at (763)572-3594.



What Does Glass Recycling Mean?

What Does Glass Recycling Mean? Glass Recycler Answers: Glass Bottles/Jars Only!Glass recycling clip art 1

Fridley's Recycling Coordinator recently toured a glass recycling plant in St. Paul. Strategic Materials, new plant (2011), processes around 400 tons of glass daily. Questions arose about what kind of glass was ok to recycle. The answer? Soda pop and beverage bottles, jars,

Q: How do you sort glass colors when it is all mixed together? A: Optical sorters are used and the colors are sorted into sizes all the way down to glass dust!

Q: What are the biggest problems in the glass waste stream when it gets to your plant? A: Ceramics, porcelain, window glass and mirrors should NOT be tossed into recycling bins. Things like Pyrex glass baking dishes are also not good because all of these items melt at a high temperature and if they get mixed into good glass in the re-manufacturing process, it may cause flaws or bubbles in the final product. Another problem item is labor intensive‚ÄĒplastic bottle caps slip through the sorting process before the glass gets to us and we have to rake through the glass manually to pull them out! Placing the tops back on plastic bottles and then placing them in your recycling container could help.

Q: What kind of glass DO you want? We want glass bottles and jars.

According to the Recycling Association of Minnesota, recycling glass helps our economy because manufacturers can use a high percentage of recycled glass in production of new glass, reducing the need for raw materials, which cuts air pollution by 20%. In addition, when a new bottle is made from recycled materials, it generates 50% less water pollution in the process. New products like glass tiles and countertops for kitchens and bathrooms can use recycled glass. Other industries use recycled glass for asphalt and adhesive producers.


Join the Pickleball Fun!

Pickleball is a relatively new sport to Minnesota.  It is a cross between Tennis and Table Tennis.  The court is slightly smaller than that of a tennis court and the game is played with paddles instead of racquets and a whiffle ball instead of a tennis ball.


$3/person or $6/family: Open Gym Mondays between 6:00-8:00 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Equipment available.

The City also has two courts at Commons Park (555 61st Ave NE).   For those interested in playing pickleball we have court time at Commons Park in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. During the evening hours Commons is available for Pickleball on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  You can also check out  pickleball racquets and balls from the Fridley Recreation Department for a small deposit and get the deposit back when you return the pickleball equipment.  

Fridley Recreation office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and located at 6431 Unversity Ave NE Fridley MN 55432.   

For more information on Pickleball you can call the Fridley Recreation Department at 763-572-3570.  

Compost Sites Now Open in Anoka County

The two Anoka County yard waste drop locations are: Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapid (763-767-7964) and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Lino Lakes (651-429-3723). Fees to drop off yard waste are $5 per vehicle for up to four cubic yards of plant waste. Larger quantities of yard waste are charged accordingly. Keep leaves and grass separate from tree branches and stumps. Provide proof of residency to use these facilities. For more information visit