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At the Heart of a City: Maple Grove

In Maple Grove, two venues that make it possible for visitors to come together – and make summer so much fun – are literally in the heart of our city: Central Park and Town Green.

As locals and visitors alike will tell you, one of the best things about spending time in the Minneapolis Northwest area are the incredible community-building activities our three cities have to offer. Whether you’re celebrating Tater Daze in Brooklyn Park or attending Brooklyn Center’s Midsummer Celebration (July 18, 6pm, at Centennial Civic & Veterans Memorial Amphitheater), creating unique ways to enjoy our cities is an important goal of our communities.

 

In Maple Grove, two venues that make it possible for visitors to come together – and make summer so much fun – are literally in the heart of our city: Central Park and Town Green.

 

Town Green

The Town Green is the perfect gathering spot to host your next special event or celebration! This urban park is located at 7991 Main St, between the Maple Grove Government Center and the Maple Grove Library.  With five areas available for rental, this is a popular site for meetings, parties, weddings, family celebrations, concerts and other special events.

 

Now in its eighth summer season, Town Green is home to the 2017 Sounds of Summer, which highlights live music and dance performances for the young – and young at heart – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all summer long.

Town green schedule

Sound of Summer live music schedule

Each Monday, through Aug. 21, enjoy Usher in the Week performances at 7 p.m. Highlights include Salsa del Soul, salsa music and free dance lesson (beginning at 6:30 p.m.), on Aug. 7; a performance by a local Irish dance group on Aug. 21; and a variety of musical styles performed by Squirrels in the Attic/Sweet Rhubarb on July 31.

 

Find the Joy on Wednesday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Who doesn’t enjoy classic Ray Charles favorites or the music of the 50s, 60s and more? Featured shows include A Night of Ray Charles tribute, Rockin’ Hollywoods, and Maiden Dixie, a group of six Minneapolis-based rock/country band members who just launched their Wrecked Tour. A lesser-known fact and one that Maiden Dixie takes serious: they have three combat veterans on tour and give back to their community by promoting fundraising efforts for Pain Free Patriots, which supports veterans who are managing chronic pain as a result of their service to the country. Come out to Town Green on Aug. 23 and see how you can lend a hand to their efforts – all while enjoying the musical talent of Maiden Dixie.  

Band together playing music

Who can resist entertainment for the littlest ones? Whether you’re a mom/dad looking for a fun and engaging way to entertain your munchkins for a few hours or you just get a kick out of seeing the joy of young children as they wiggle, jiggle and jive to music, you’ll love Celebrate the Family Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Performances for littles run from June 15 through August 24 and feature favorites like the Teddy Bear Band, Heebie Jeebies Family Comedy Music Show and Bob the Beachcomber. All performances encourage kids to sing along, clap, stomp their feet. 

Kids dancing on stage

As though 40 musical performances throughout the summer weren’t enough to keep us entertained, Town Green also hosts Movies by Moonlight on Fridays, at sunset. Beginning July 14 and running through September 1, you and your family can enjoy everything from Moana, to The Lego Batman Movie (rated PG), Secret Life of Pets or Sing! Frozen, Disney’s 53rd animated feature film; Trolls, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and is voiced by Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel; and a double feature of Frankenstein (1931) and Young Frankenstein round out of the line up of fun summer movies to enjoy. Bring a blanket and a cooler with snacks and enjoy a beautiful evening in the heart of Maple Grove.

 

Town Green is located at 7991 Main Street N, Maple Grove. Free parking is available on Main Street, the upper level of the Library parking ramp and some evenings at the Government Center. 

Town Green at night

Central Park

If you’re looking for some activities to enjoy before a musical performance or movie, grab a bite at nearby Claddagh Irish Pub, 3 Squares Restaurant, Buca di Beppo, Pieology Pizza or Five Guys and then head to our newest favorite: Central Park.

Aerial view of Central Park

Since celebrating the ribbon cutting in September 2015, Central Park has become a beloved part of Maple Grove and the surrounding area. Whether you’re enjoying one of the nation’s longest refrigerated ice loops in the winter, attending a private event or lounging on the park’s Great Lawn in the spring/summer, Central Park has something for everyone.Accessible, rubberized surface and some sand areas; seven play zones, 24-foot climbing tower, four slides, unique swings and a 120-foot long climbing wall.  Please note no dogs are permitted in the playground area.

For young children, Central Park in the summer is the perfect place to use some energy! The Great Lawn provides wide-open spaces of green grass for kids to run, skip, jump, fly kites, etc., while mom and dad watch from the comfort of relaxing Adirondack chairs.

 

A (dare we say it?) mammoth playground full of climbing structures, slides, etc., gives children plenty of opportunity to swing, slide, climb and use their imagination to create fantasy worlds of pirates and princesses.

 

Be sure to take swimming suits for your little ones, too! A Central Park showcase feature is the Interactive Fountain, or “Splash Pad” where kids can run through fountain streams bubbling up from the ground. You’re likely to hear squeals of excitement at various times when the fountain turns different colors to delight its littlest users! 

The interactive fountain is a 2100 sq. ft. plaza with 49 jet sprays and 18 arching sprays.  Fountain water is recycled through a filtration system and the water is reused, just like in a swimming pool, and beautiful LED lights turn the fountain into a light show once the sun goes down.  It’s free to play in the fountain, children and the young at heart are all welcome. You’ll find changing rooms and restrooms inside the park building

For older children or adults who are interested in enjoying an active afternoon, bring a ball and shoot some hoops on the basketball court. Or, stop at the pavilion for equipment rental for items like bean bags, bocce balls and everything you need to try your hand at pickleball. In addition, the nearby pond has a nice walking/running path. Many people also enjoy the garden area and labyrinth, designed by Lisa Gidlow Moriorty.

 

So, whether you’re a Central Park regular or have yet to discover all it has to offer, visit it soon! We promise, you’ll have a great afternoon and will be eager to return again!

Chairs at Central Park in Maple Grove, Minnesota

For more summer activities in Minneapolis Northwest, explore our website further. Then, share your own ideas about your favorite things to do here, and reasons you love Minneapolis Northwest in the summer using the #WeLoveMNW hashtag. 

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