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Midwest Meetings: Inside Scoop on Mississippi Gardens

For Jamie Leopold and her former NHL hockey player husband, Jordan Leopold, opening Mississippi Gardens in 2015 was a dream come true. The premier Brooklyn Park, MN event venue is located just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis in Minneapolis Northwest, the area encompassing the three vibrant cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Maple Grove.

Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens sits on nearly five acres of lush, beautiful land sprinkled with flower beds and towering trees that display brilliant colors in the fall. It also boasts an 11,000-square foot event center with wood beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 2,076-square foot deck ties it all together, providing stunning panoramic views of the Mighty Mississippi. The property is part of the National Park Service and the Leopold’s work with the Department of Natural Resources to ensure the riverbanks and surrounding wildlife are protected.
Planners looking for a unique, convenient venue for their meetings and events should definitely consider putting Mississippi Gardens on their list. “I have only received great comments from all event attendees on the beautiful facilities and grounds, friendly customer oriented staff, along with great food and drink. Thank you Jamie and crew, job well done!” said Dean Bruhn-Ding, RAC Vice President Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance. The state-of-the-art event space features:


• Panoramic views of the Mississippi River
• Outdoor ceremony and event locations
• Gorgeous wedding party suites
• Seating for up to 330 guests; 500 for cocktail reception
• Event planning from an experienced team and day-of consultation
• Upscale decor packages
• Complimentary parking/overnight parking
• Delicious catering from award-winning Mintahoe Catering & Events

Mintahoe Catering & Events, Minnesota’s largest pure catering company, is the exclusive caterer at Mississippi Gardens. The team works to create the “Wow” – just tell them your ideas, and they’ll make it happen, even better than you imagined.
Beyond Mississippi Gardens, visitors to Minneapolis Northwest will enjoy everything the area has to offer, including exciting attractions, outdoor activities, good eats, and local breweries and wineries.

For exciting attractions, choose from tried & true favorites like Dave & Buster’s, Bowlero and ProKart Indoor Racing. Or explore exciting new attractions like their state-of-the-art Topgolf facility and unique WhirlyBall courts. Minneapolis Northwest is home to a number of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, not to mention the Mighty Mississippi. From paddling down the river, fishing Weaver Lake, to cross-country skiing at Elm Creek Park Reserve, there is an abundance of outdoor activities to take part in year-round. After exploring, you’ll more than likely be hungry. Minneapolis Northwest is a hotbed of culinary activity. Thanks to the diversity of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park neighborhoods, you can find some truly authentic dishes from around the world. You will also find all of your favorites from upscale chains, to the hottest casual and on-the-go spots, the occasional food truck, fine dining and more. After eating, kick back and enjoy a few! Minneapolis Northwest is a craft beer drinker’s haven. Order a flight at Omni Brewing in Maple Grove, Blue Wolf Brewing Company in Brooklyn Park, Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, or visit one of the Twin Cities numerous other tap rooms.

Enjoy the convenience of all Minneapolis Northwest has to offer and the beauty of the Mighty Mississippi when you book your next meeting or event at Mississippi Gardens. 

Read the Midwest Magazine article here.

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