Events

Springbrook Fundraiser: Recycling Event

Support Springbrook – Help the Environment – Protect yourself

Think Spring Cleaning at our FREE Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding Event!

Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Springbrook logo current

Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Avenue NE

Take this chance to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning and get rid of old computers, keyboards, cellphones, batteries and other electronics. Protect your identity and financial information with secure paper shredding, done while you wait, funded by the City of Fridley. Plus, computer hard drives are securely erased by our non-profit partner Tech Dump.

Residential customers only, no limits. Televisions and computer monitors can also be recycled for a small fee. 25% of all fees collected for these items will be donated back to Springbrook.

Donations to Springbrook are encouraged at this wonderful event. Help us pave the way to exciting new changes and expansions at the nature center!

 

Items not accepted at this event include: humidifiers, dishwashers, water heaters, space heaters, washers & dryers, and refrigerators & freezers. Fridley residents can dispose of these items at the City's annual spring recycling drop-off event on May 2.

2015 Citizen's Academy

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:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Police History
  • Use of Force
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Traffic Enforcement (DWI)
  • Community Policing
  • Media/Public Releations
  • 9-1-1 Communications
  • Domestic Violence
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Personal Safety
  • Fire Safety

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

To Apply:

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: pdfCitizen's Academy Application1.4 MB

Space is Limited.  Apply Now!!!

Public Meeting - Guiding the Redevelopment of Columbia Arena

Mark your calendars!

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. 

1st Session:

March 11, 6-8pm at the Fridley Community Center (6085 7th St NE)

Other session dates: March 25, April 8 and April 22

Please click here for all the details.

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—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.

 

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.

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.  

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 www.anokacounty.us/yardwaste

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