Springbrook Nature Center is often described as a jewel of wilderness hidden within an urban setting. After being awarded a five million dollar grant from the State of Minnesota for a new interpretive center, this jewel is about to shine much brighter. New exhibits, expanded classrooms, visitor amenities and beautiful rental spaces will create an incredible resource for the people of Fridley.
For over a decade, a dedicated group of people from the City of Fridley and the non-profit Springbrook Nature Center Foundation have worked to create and implement the S.P.R.I.N.G. (Sanctuary Protection and Renewal Into Next Generation) Project. This comprehensive plan to revitalize the seven acre park entrance and interpretive center at the nature center will allow the site to expand its programming, host weddings and events, and continue to provide world class environmental education to an ever-growing audience.
After being awarded the grant, the City of Fridley and Springbrook Nature Center Foundation have been busy visiting sites to research designs and have worked with nationally known Split Rock Studios of Arden Hills to create an exciting conceptual design for the center’s new exhibits. The designs feature a dramatic building entrance full of large sculptures recreating the park’s wetlands. Visitors will walk beneath huge cattails as they encounter frogs, ducks and turtles.
The proposed exhibits feature interactive elements for visitors of all ages. One concept is for a large cutout of a soil “cube”. Visitors can walk around it, interacting with mushrooms and plants on top, see the roots and insects beneath and even crawl through it to discover the many organisms hidden within.
Beyond the concept designs, the next steps will be to interview and hire a project manager and architect to begin planning the new building for construction.
According to Nature Center Director Mike Maher, “As a staff, we are incredibly excited to look ahead at fun and educational exhibits, expanded classroom space for our programs and to be able to share this amazing natural area with an expanded audience.”
While the new interpretive center will be the immediate priority, the SPRING Project also includes plans for a new picnic pavilion, outdoor classrooms, a nature-based play area, an amphitheater and a landscaped memorial plaza.
Please join us for our 2015 Annual Block Captain’s meeting on Tuesday, April 7th.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the upper
level of City Hall. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
Topics for the evening will include:
Public Safety Director, Donovan Abbott’s “Fridley Crime Update”.
Myra Harris Johnson will discuss Nextdoor.com & Night to Unite.
Captain Weierke will officiate the police officer recognition awards.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please stop by the police
department for a Night to Unite packet, or check the City of Fridley website to register online.
Hope to see you there!
*Park in the upper level parking off 5th Street
What is the Citizen's Academy:
The Citizen's Academy is a program designed to educate community members of the inner workings of the Fridley Police Department. The program offers insights into how police offices perform their duties and how the department serves the community.
Mission of the Academy:
The purpose of the Citizen's Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and the police through education. The academy creates a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services.
Graduates of the academy are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.
Course Curriculum Includes:
A vital part of the academy is participation in a variety of "hands-on" learning experiences. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to "ride-a-long" with a patrol officer during their shift.
Who May Attend the Accademy:
Anyone interested citizen who resides or works in the City of Fridley is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the academy.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older with no prior felony convictions.
Note: All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.
2015 Citizen's Academy Information:
Every Wednesday from September 2nd to October 21st
Class begins at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Classes held in the lower level of the Fridley Municiple Center
Pick up an application in person at the Fridley Police Department, 6431 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432.
Call 763-572-3629 to have an application mailed to you.
Download and print an application: Citizen's Academy Application1.4 MB
The City of Fridley invites you to an exciting conversation to guide the redevelopment of the Columbia Arena site. Join us for a series of 4 workshops as we brainstorm and research the many possibilities for this wonderful site. All events are free and open to the public. Childcare, accomodations for disabilities or language interpretation are also available upon request by calling at least one week in advance to Gretchen Nicholls at 651-265-2280.
Other session dates: March 25, April 8 and April 22
Please click here for all the details.
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.
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? Glass Recycler Answers: Glass Bottles/Jars Only!
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—plastic 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.
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.
JOIN US ANY MONDAY FOR PICKLEBALL AT THE FRIDLEY COMMUNITY CENTER!
$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.