The Burnsville Buzz: Past, Present & Future  


Touting the appeal of our great City to potential travelers and visitors is a task we share with the hardworking team at the City office. All the great things happening in Burnsville make our combined efforts easier. From a year-long birthday celebration to concerts and Emmy nominations, there has been a lot going on around here. In case you missed any of the highlights, we decided to share some of the biggest happenings of 2014 and let you know what’s on tap for 2015.

A big thank-you to the City of Burnsville for sharing with us all that’s happening in our great City! Be sure to check out the City’s “2014 Year in Review” video that will cover these, and many more, highlights from the 2014 year! It will be debuted during the State of the City Address to be held Wednesday, February 12, 2015 at the Ames Center.


Happy Birthday to You, Burnsville!

50th Anniversary CakeIn 2014, Burnsville celebrated its incorporation as a City with a year-long “50th Birthday Party” complete with a “Celebration of Community and Culture” at the Ames Center, a parade float and presentation at the Burnsville Fire Muster, commemorative postcards and medallions, reunions between current and past City officials, council members and mayor and much more! It was kind of a big deal. 🙂


THE GARAGE gets a new direction.

Path (1)The City-run GARAGE Youth Center’s after school program was turned over to Burnsville-Eagan Savage School District Community Education in 2014 while the popular music program will be taken over by a new non-profit – Twin Cities Catalyst Music. The City will continue to support youth through the new “Burnsville Youth Collaborative,” which will make sure the mission of THE GARAGE continues.


Burnsville’s Recreation Department had a busy year!

Halloween Fest

》Birnamwood Golf Course hosted nearly 20,000 rounds of golf. That must be some good golfing! If you haven’t checked out their course yet, be sure to visit in the coming 2015 season. You can find all the information you need here.

》Summer concerts and movies, along with youth activities, AND a highly successful Halloween Festival that drew more than 38,000 smiling kids and families to  Burnsville parks. (Photo credit: Sue Lund Photography)

》The Burnsville Ice Center kept skaters happy all year round with their “Learn to Skate” lessons, summer hockey clinics, Impressions on Ice Skating show, open skating and hockey leagues.

Helping Non-Profits and Earning Emmy Nominations – Way to go Burnsville Community Television (BCTV)!

BCTV StudioBCTV held its first-ever public Open House, a PSA (Public Service Announcement) Day, where non-profits could create their own videos and continued to offer video production classes – all while continuing to produce hundreds of hours of local programming. (Photo Courtesy of BCTV)

Keep your eyes out for our PSA coming soon thanks to the BCTV team!

It was also nominated for its first-ever regional Emmy Award – for the video production of “We Are the Burnsville Police Department.” Be sure to check out that video here.


The Ames Center hits several milestones!

Ricky Skaggs

The Burnsville Performing Arts Center officially became the “Ames Center” in early 2014. Their exciting year continued with:

  • welcoming their 500,000th patron in July,
  • increasing attendance with several sold out shows,
  • and reducing its operating subsidy by more than 30% over 2013.

They continue to bring in some of the best national comedy, music, dance and theatre with acts like Minnesota’s own funnyman, Louie Anderson and country music star, Clint Black. Be sure to check out their full 2015 line-up here! (Photo courtesy of the Ames Center)



Burnsville is a Hub of Development

Business was booming in 2014, with nearly 40 new companies calling Burnsville home – and many more starting or completing renovations.

  • LogoThe Burnsville Center and surrounding area became home to H&M, Francesca’s, Lucky’s 13 Pub, Total Wine, Planet Fitness, Smashburger and Lumbar Liquidators. Some other businesses and new and re-development include: Caliber Inc., Captain’s Towing and Recovery, Rose Bluff – a residential development, Total Wine, and Pawn works.
  • In May, the Burnsville Commercial Real Estate Council (BECREC), the City, and yours truly (the BCVB) hosted a bus tour for 43 Twin City commercial brokers to highlight Burnsville and properties in Burnsville. It was a great success!
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital completed their expansion – which includes a new street, parking ramp, four-story medical office and additional hospital space.
  • 2014 also saw the highly anticipated completion of the Highway 13/County Road 5 intersection and the installation of the City’s first monument entrance sign on its eastern border along Highway 13.
  • The City laid out plans for the first new park since Nicollet Commons – Black Dog Park. It is scheduled to open Fall 2016.

We’re So Green!

Acer_saccharumWikimediaBruceMarlinRecycling continued to be a high priority for the City of Burnsville and its residents. In 2014, Dakota Valley Recycling – representing Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan – processed more than 1,600 cars dropping off hazardous waste, appliances and electronics during its annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off. They also collected nearly 11,000 pounds of shoes during its annual shoe recycling collection and encouraged residents to plant more trees and native plants during its annual Tree and Plant Sale.


An Education Center the Really WORKS!

A unique partnership exists in Burnsville. Inver Hills Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Dakota County Technical South of the River Education CenterCollege all offer classes at 2800 County Road 42 and this partnership has been dubbed the South of the River Education Center. Find more information here.

Also housed at the same location is the Dakota County Work Force Center. This is the only work force center housed with post- secondary education partners in the U.S. and is a model that is being highlighted for others to follow.


Safety Is Serious Business

PoliceThe Burnsville Police and Fire Departments are always preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. 2014 was no exception. The Departments took part in a large scale water rescue training on the Minnesota River, and as well as active Shooter training at the Burnsville Center.

The Burnsville Police Department’s forward-thinking use of on-officer cameras was spotlighted by many news agencies and modeled by a number of other Departments across the country. The City was also recognized by the Humphrey School in Minneapolis for Local Government Innovation. They were honored for being nearly four years ahead of the curve with police body cameras.

Bville FireThe Department also focused on engaging the community directly, working hand-in-hand with residents during the highly popular Citizen’s Academy, Mobile Volunteer Network program and Minnesota Night to Unite.

Nearly 1,500 people got a behind-the-scenes look at the Burnsville Fire Department at their annual Open House!


2014 was definitely Event-FULL!

2014Residents once again showed their love for Burnsville, participating in a number of community events such as I Love Burnsville Week in June, the annual International Festival in July, a special 50th Anniversary-themed Fire Muster in September, and of course, the annual Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony in November where thousands of holiday lights lit up Nicollet Commons Park and other areas in and around town.

Looks like 2015 will be FULL of excitement too!

  • $14 million will be dedicated to City street and utility improvements.
    • Includes three “rehab” areas and three “reconstruction” areas.
  • $4.5 million will be dedicated to replacing aging City water meters.
  • The Burnsville Community and the Ames Center hosted the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January and will also host the 2016 Festival.
  • Burnsville Community Television (BCTV) will offer Free video classes.
  • The “Community Home Show” (formerly Home Remodeling Show) is back and better than ever. Check it out in March!
  • 19 Acres of Oak Savannah are being restored in Terrace Oaks Park.
  • A new “Native Plant Market” in May will complement the annual Tree Sale in April all allow residents to purchase trees and plants that are native to this area.
  • A splash pad is in the works to be added to Lions Playground in Cliff Fen Park.
  • Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A are coming to Burnsville. They plan to be build on the current Champps site.
  • Clive’s Roadhouse will completely renovate the space once occupied by Colorado Station and Timberlodge Steakhouse. Watch for a March 2015 opening.
  • In January, Burnsville High School, the Burnsville Chamber, and the City of Burnsville received the Partnership Award from the Economic Development Association of Minnesota for the Real World Ready Career Day held in October of 2014. This is one of seven year-end awards given by the association.

Mark your calendars today, so you don’t miss these great community events:

  • Flicks on the BricksI love Burnsville Week – June 1-7
  • International Festival of Burnsville – July 12
  • Burnsville Fire Muster – September 2-6
  • Halloween Fest – October 23
  • Winter Lighting Ceremony – November 25

Find more information on all of these events online..

We hope you enjoyed this summary of another great year in Burnsville and are looking forward to the exciting things coming in 2015!