Events

Farmers Market in Fridley

Fridley Farmers Market copy 2 1A Farmers Market will be held in Fridley, at the Community Center at 6085 7th Street.  

The Market will occur every Saturday from 9am-3pm, starting May 9th-October 31st.

Columbia Arena Public Meeting: Framing Recommendations

Mark your calendars! April 22

Help Frame Recommendations to Council for the Columbia Arena site!

Join fellow residents at the Fridley Community Center for the fourth and final part of this public workshop series about what should develop on the Columbia Arena site and the land immediately surrounding it. The first three meetings used small groups to brainstorm and imagine the future of the site. At the third meeting on April 8, community members heard from a panel of developers who offered their perspectives and insights on property development, the housing market and the kind of properties that make it from conception to being built.

The final meeting of this phase on April 22 will coalesce the ideas and brainstorming from the first three sessions. Attendees will be able to view an example from another suburban city, whose residents created a framework of recommendations after a similar process. It is not too late to join in! The group (open to all, whether or not you attended the first three events) will review what has been emphasized and ranked as important throughout the process. Fridley's own framework for the site will be crafted, which will be sent to the Planning Commission for review.

If you unable to attend, the framework will be posted to the city website after it is prepared.

For more information, contact the Fridley Development Department, (763) 572-3592.

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.

The 1st Session was held on March 11.  Click here to see the small group notes from that session.

The 2nd Session was held on March 25.  Click here to see the summary of the block exercise that was completed from that session. 

The 3rd Session was held on April 8.

4th and Last Session: Framing Recommendations

April 22, 6-8pm at the Fridley Community Center (6085 7th St NE)

Please click here for all the details.

 

National Trails Day Event at Islands of Peace Park

Fridley Celebrates National Trails Day on the Mighty Mississippi

Fun for the Whole Family

Join us for activities along the great Mississippi River Trail on June 6! Fridley landmarks highlighted in National Parks information include Islands of Peace Park, Manomin County Park, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Riedel Farm Estate and Riverfront Regional Park. Discover what is special about each and ride your bike, hike and take part in the fun!

When: events start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 and continue all afternoon. 

Not-to-be-missed:

  • 11:00-12:30—Fridley Community Band plays springy tunes at Islands of Peace Park
  • 1:00 p.m. – Mayor Lund, Islands of Peace Park
    • National Trails Proclamation with Mayor Scott Lund, Learn about future plans for the area and enjoy free popcorn and entertainment.
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Kid’s River-Inspired Art Workshop, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
    • Adults can paint, too, with plein air river painting!

(check Banfill-Locke for times and details)

  • Around 2:30 p.m. – Join the Annual Fridley Community Bike or Hike
    • Bike ride launches from Islands of Peace Park and tours the famous 10-state Mississippi River Trail south to Riedel Farm and Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley and maybe beyond depending on the group’s inclination. Family-friendly!
    • Hike down to the River’s edge or along the trails; enjoy bird watching and the natural beauty around you. Naturalists will on-hand to provide interesting insights into the flora and fauna in the area.

For more information on the celebration activities taking place along the Mississippi River parks and trail in Fridley, keep checking the city website at www.FridleyMn.gov. The National Parks Service has information about the trails and flora and fauna of Islands of Peace and the National Parks/Mississippi River Trail on their website: National Parks Service and Islands of Peace Park in Fridley

Background: on Saturday, June 6, hundreds of organized activities are planned nation-wide as part of National Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. Our local trails are easily accessible places to get exercise and connect with nature for all residents, especially for youth; to hike, bike, play and learn in the great outdoors.National Trails Day is supported by the City of Fridley, National Park Service and other partners.

Spring Residential Recycling Drop-off is Saturday May 2!

Clear out the Garage and Storage Room and Recycle!

Fridley's Spring Residential Recycling Drop-off Event is May 2, 9-1 p.m.

Location is the City Garage, 400-71st Ave. NE behind the old Columbia Ice Arena. Bring your electronics, appliances, rolls of carpeting, scrap metal, bicycles, fluorescent bulbs, vehicle batteries, small engines and paper for shredding and most items may be recycled for FREE!!

Appliances: first 3 are free! Electronics 30 inches or smaller, first 3 free. Fees apply for TVs over 30” and for air conditioning units. Mattresses and box springs are only $10/piece. Watch for the blue and green postcard coming soon in your mail!

            Spring 2015 Residential Dropoff postcard              

         
   2014 fall dropoff event collected a lot of mattresses cropped

   

Figure 1: Mattresses were a popular item in 2014!   
   

Find more event details on the City of Fridley’s website under the  Garbage & Recycling tab.

2015 Night to Unite

night to unite

 

Fridley's Night to Unite celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  This year the educational focus will be important precautions to take to prevent becoming a victim of fraud and scams.

pdfNight to Unite Registration Form331.14 KB- Due by Thursday, July 30, 2015

Note: Registration is required to request a police/fire/city staff visit at your party

pdfInvitations150.48 KB- We have created door hanger invitations this year.

pdfStreet Barricade Form665.36 KB- Due by Thursday, July 30, 2015

Note: No late barricade requests will be accepted

The date to pick up your items for Night to Unite will be Monday, August 3, 2015 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms at Fridley City Hall.  The items are limited to one per block party under the name of the person on the registration form (even if you are combining with someone else) and will be available on the a first come, first serve basis.

You may have noted that we are communicating via email and on Nextdoor.com quite often.  We want to keep you current with information and email is a cost effective, efficient, and environmentally sound way of communication.  We will not share your email with anyone and will not bog you down with too many emails.  Please consider providing your email address if you have not done so already with Myra Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bike Helmet Clinics

2015 Bike Clinics

S.P.R.I.N.G. project begins

Excitement builds as we begin plans for the Springbrook Nature Center improvements. Join us with a look at our first steps including designs for the expansion to the interpretive building! Stay tuned for more information on timelines and progess!

Trail Circulation Diagram

Building Floorplan

Building Perspectives

The Future of Springbrook Nature Center:

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.

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!!!

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.

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