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The City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming meeting agendas are posted the Friday before a meeting. View the list of upcoming Council meetings.
View an upcoming meeting agenda, past meeting agendas, minutes and recordings of the meetings.
For more information, contact Administration at 952-826-0364.
All guests are required to pay admission to get into the park. There is no way to separate or regulate those who are not using the amenities.
Yes, we allow U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices. A limited number of approved flotation devices are available for use at the Aquatic Center.
Inflatable devices and puddle jumpers are not permitted.
There is no minimum age as we feel it is up to the parents discretion and based upon the child's swimming ability and maturity.
All amenities, with the exception of the concession stand and The Lost Wave surf simulator, are included in the daily admission fee. Season passes include the surf simulator. Height restrictions apply.
Unfortunately, the Edina Aquatic Center can no longer accept personal checks. However, we do accept cash or credit card purchases at our Admissions and Concessions windows.
Swim diapers are required on all children 3 and under and on children over age 3 who are not completely potty trained. You can purchase a swim diaper from the admissions counter.
The pool is staffed by certified lifeguards who complete a rigorous national training program. The pool also undergoes safety audits throughout the season.
At its deepest point, it's 18 inches.
Yes, we have men's and women's locker rooms. Lockers are for daily use only. You must bring your own lock. All locks must be removed at the end of the day.
Please note the locker rooms are not air conditioned.
Proper swimming attire is required. Cutoff shorts are not acceptable; the rivets on the shorts will damage the waterslide.
Call or stop by the Edina Aquatic Center to report a lost item. Please note that the Edina Aquatic Center only keeps items for one week.
The Edina Aquatic Center has you covered. Swim diapers, dive rings, goggles, beach towels and sunscreen are available for purchase at the admission window.
The Edina Aquatic Center does not allow outside food or beverages into the facility. Coolers, glass containers, alcohol and tobacco are also not allowed. Concessions are available on-site.
We have some sun large sun umbrellas that provide shady spots. Look for those when you arrive.
Having someone bring in a portable umbrella creates several potential hazards, so we don't allow those.
We would love to host your child's next birthday party! Contact Angie at 952-833-9544.
Weather closures are posted on our Facebook page. When thunderstorms or other inclement weather is in the forecast, please check there before heading to the Aquatic Center.
The Edina Aquatic Center hires all team members on a seasonal basis for each operating season (early June through late August). Applicants must be available through the entire season. All applicants must complete an online application form and have a personal interview. Visit the City's job page to view available positions and to apply.
As a facility supported by taxpayers, Edina Aquatic Center can't donate items.
However, if someone wants to purchase passes and donate them to your fundraiser, we'd be glad to help.
The City of Edina has partnered with the Edina Swim Club to provide quality swimming lessons for a variety of ages at the Edina Aquatic Center.
Check the Edina Swim Club website to learn more or sign up.
It all comes down to staffing, primarily lifeguards. To keep all of the amenities open at the Aquatic Center, we need 20 lifeguards at a time. That's many more lifeguards than most other community pools need.
Many of our lifeguards are students who aren't available until the end of May or mid-June, and we need time to train them. Many also return to schooling in August, as soon as activities begin. Although we hire many lifeguards, there aren't enough available in early or late summer to stay open.
We did attempt one year to try to keep the facility open longer into summer by closing some of the amenities, but that upset guests who wanted the full experience.
Each year we examine several factors before choosing the season dates. It fluctuates slightly from year to year, but generally runs early June through the third Sunday in August.
A manmade dam is being removed and Minnehaha Creek is being restored to a more natural flow to improve the health of the entire creek and its surroundings, including plants and wildlife. In addition, the park will get a new shelter building, playground and trails.
The creek restoration is part of a larger project by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) to improve the health of the creek all along its route. With this section of creek running through Arden Park, the City and MCWD are teaming up to make improvements all at once.
A new one is coming! Parents and kids in the neighborhood picked the final design and colors. Engineered wood fiber, which is ADA-compliant, will be at the bottom. It has lots of swings, slides and fun features to climb on. See the design.
The old one will be removed because it would be in the new creek path. The new building, to be constructed a short distance away, will better reflect the neighborhood and the nature focus of the park.
The rinks are closed for safety during construction. Please visit the City’s other outdoor rinks this winter at Countryside, Highlands, Lewis, Normandale and Weber parks. Centennial Lakes Park also offers ice skating in a picturesque setting.
The plan is to start this winter and wrap up in fall 2019.
No. For safety reasons, the park will be closed. The old shelter building and playground will be removed in the initial construction stages. The ice rinks were not flooded this winter.
Yes. Construction will require about 79 trees with trunks eight inches or larger in diameter to be removed. Of those 79, 22 are Ash trees that would eventually be killed by the emerald ash borer, and two are oaks in the free skate area that are already dying.
Another 57 Ash trees are expected to be removed from the park because they will die and collapse from the invasive ash borer. Several prominent Ash trees in accessible locations will be treated against the pest in the hopes they can be saved.
Many of the smaller tree removals will actually be invasive buckthorn, which is choking out other tree species across the park.
More than 400 high-quality native trees will be planted during the project to create a diversified forest.
Of note, the three willow trees near 54th Street will remain in the park.
Yes. It was created by the 4-foot manmade dam installed in the 1930s. The problem is the dam harms creek health downstream. Instead of a single dam, the creek will have a series of riffles and pools. It will still produce the sounds of water rushing but be more friendly to fish.
Fishing should improve in Arden Park. Not only should the improved creek health and design be more accommodating to fish, but the park will include new spots specifically designed for anglers. The fishing hole at the 54th Street bridge should remain.
We hope not. The stormwater management aspects of the project should create a much drier, usable lawn area.
Yes. Obvious changes will be the new shelter building and new playground.
In addition, the views across the park will open up when the buckthorn and most ash trees are removed. Access to the creek will increase without those obstacles.
Over time, as the new trees grow, nature will erase the marks of construction and fill in the park.
The entire Arden Park restoration project is estimated at $5.3 million.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Edina are each expecting to pay 40 percent of the cost. The other 20 percent would come from grants. Edina’s portion would come from existing funds.
The City of Edina has a webpage full of project information at EdinaMN.gov/ardenparkproject.
Yes! The Art Center would love to host your child’s Birthday. Please click here to find out more about Birthday Parties at the Edina Art Center.
You are welcome to bring food to the birthday party or to order in from a favorite restaurant. The Art Center is conveniently located near the Southdale shopping center and a variety of restaurants. We have minimal cold storage and a small freezer on site. Please check with guest services before bringing food for storage on site.
Of course! Love a certain kind of art and want to share it with friends for your birthday? Give us a call to design your own art activity. The Art Center required a minimum of two weeks notice to provide time in developing the curriculum and ordering supplies.
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
No the Art Center is closed on Sunday.
Please click the following link Open Studio Grid to see the current Schedule. This item may be found on the Edina Art Center website under Classes menu button and the option Open Studio.
Please follow the link 2018-19 Fall Winter Directory to view our current class schedule. The Art classes start on page 39 of the directory.
Please follow the link Gallery Schedule to view the current exhibitions in both the Margaret Foss and Tea Room Gallery.
Art Center Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
For information about proposing an exhibition please click here.
Yes, the Art Center is happy to host a Scout Art Badge activity. Please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780 to schedule the event at least two weeks in advance.
You can register for classes online by clicking here. You are also welcome to register over the phone by calling the Art Center at 952-903-5780.
If you are having difficulties registering online, try a different browser such as Internet Explorer of Firefox. The online registration system doesn’t always work correctly with Safari or Google Chrome versions after 2015. If it is still giving you trouble, please give us a call at 952-903-5780 we are happy to help you register over the phone!
In general, adult classes have a minimum age requirement of 16, there are some exceptions which are noted in the course information. If you are wondering if a class is the right fit for your teen please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780, our staff is happy to help.
There are many benefits to being a member of the Art Center please click here to see everything membership has to offer.
The City of Edina offers scholarships towards Parks and Rec. activities for Edina residents. To find out more click here.
Yes! The Art Center offers private lessons in Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Photography and Watercolor. The cost is $45 per hour and the lessons take place at the Art Center. Please call the Art Center at 952-903-5780 to schedule a lesson.
No, the Art Center closed the Peggy Kelly Media Studios in January of 2015. Thor Anderson with Saving Tape has received glowing reviews from our patrons for his media conversion services. Thor can be reached by phone at 612-822-7283 or by email at email@example.com.
Appraisers employed by the City of Edina Assessing Department are professionals with stringent training and experience requirements set by the State Board of Assessors. The State Board of Assessors administers licensure of appraisers. The City of Edina Assessing Department staff appraisers are:
For additional information, contact the Assessor's Office at 952-826-0365.
Minnesota Statute 272.03 defines "market value" as "the usual selling price at the place where the property … is … at the time of assessment." It is "the price that could be obtained at a private sale or an auction sale, if the assessor determines the price from an auction sale represents an arms-length transaction. The price obtained at a forced sale shall not be considered."
In other words, market value is the price that would prevail under competitive open-market conditions.
The law requires assessors to establish an estimated market value annually on each property. In addition to market changes, numerous physical changes affect the value of land and building.
The Assessor also determines the classification, or use, of each parcel. For instance, property may be residential homestead, residential non-homestead, apartment, industrial, commercial, etc. Classification rates are set by state legislative action and vary by property classification.
For more information, please visit the Market Value Determination page.
While estimated market value (EMV) shows what your property would likely sell for on the open market, "taxable market value" (TMV) is used to determine your taxes.
A property's TMV is its estimated market value minus any tax exemptions, deferrals and value exclusions that apply. For example, some homeowners have a Homestead Market Value Exclusion, which reduces the amount of home value that is subject to tax.
Property value does not directly affect your property tax bill. It is used to calculate your share of the local property tax levy for the year.
This levy is the total property tax revenue needed to fund the budgets set by your county, city, and school district.
Your property's taxable market value is multiplied by its classification rate to determine its share of the levy.
Increasing or decreasing your property's market value does not change the overall amount of property tax revenue that is collected.
If after receiving your market value notice, you believe your property or classification is incorrect, call the Edina Assessing Office at 952-826-0365.
If you disagree with your current value, collect any information you have to show why you believe your estimated market value or classification is incorrect, such as a recent appraisal of your property, recent sales of similar properties, etc.
Then, contact the City of Edina Assessor's Office at 952-826-0365. This step must be accomplished according to the timeline set forth in the market value notice.
Complete an application to attend the local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting identified on your value notice. Staff will help you with this process. You must start with your local board.
If your concern still is not resolved at the local level, you may then proceed to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.
Then, if your concern is still not resolved, you may petition the Minnesota Tax Court. Tax Court Petitions may be filed after you receive your value notice and before April 30 of the year the taxes are payable.
For more information, contact the Minnesota Tax Court at 651-539-3260 or MN Relay at 800-627-3529.
Property taxes cannot be paid at City Hall. Current property taxes can be paid online at www.Hennepin.us, by mail to Hennepin County Treasurer, A-600 Government Center, Minneapolis, MN 55487 or in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. For more information, visit www.Hennepin.us.
For more information, contact Edina's Assessing Division at 952-826-0365.
If you would like to classify your property as a homestead, please visit or contact our Assessing Department, located at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.
To apply, you must have a copy of the deed and Certificate of Real Estate Value provided at closing and Social Security numbers of all owners, spouses not on deeds and/or qualified relatives who occupy the property.
For more information, please contact our Assessing Department at 952-826-0365.
Braemar Arena has several spaces for meetings, conferences, team parties, birthday parties, and tournament headquarters. If you would like to learn more about the availability of the facility, reference the Facility schedule tab or call our office between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 952-833-9506.
Our Ice Schedules are available on the Facility Schedule tab of our website. Check to see if there is available ice, then contact Facility Scheduler Corey McConnach to reserve the space. There may be other reservations pending that are not currently live on the calendar, so the space is not guaranteed. He can also be reached via telephone at 952-833-9518.
Braemar Arena and Field offers a variety of birthday party options to include private reservation space or during open public use times. To learn more about the options and availability, email Peg Greiser. You can also reach her from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday- Friday at 952.833.9506.
We have a lost and found located in the South Arena near the stairs. If you lost a valuable item, please let us know at 952.833.9500. We keep any valuable or small items in the office.
We have many opportunities for Public Skate from Open Skate, Adult Open Hockey, Pro's Figure Skating Ice, Developmental Ice and Developmental Hockey. To locate schedules scroll down on the homepage to the bottom calendar or download the monthly Calendar.
To pay an invoice or pay for facility use, you can call us at 952.833.9500 from 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. To pay outside of those times, locate the drop box near guest services, mail in payment, or stop in and we can process payment and send a receipt confirmation after processed.
Anyone, really. Are you an Edina teacher, police officer or firefighter and want to live in the community in which you work? Do you have a young family, but felt Edina living was out of reach? Maybe you grew up in Edina and want to move back? Maybe you don't like the commute to your office job? These are just a few of the many, many people for whom the program was created.
No. This program was founded and is sponsored by the East Edina Housing Foundation, also known as the Edina Housing Foundation.
The Edina Housing Foundation (EHF) is a non-profit corporation that provides financial assistance to Edina home buyers in an effort to attract new families to the Edina community.
The truth is, a 2010 census identified that over 20% of Edina homeowners are over 65 years of age. It's time to begin attracting younger families to Edina and this generous 2nd mortgage program was created to do just that.
No. Edina taxes are actually lower than surrounding communities.
You can receive email updates through the City's City Extra email notifications. Click here to sign up; choose "Comprehensive Plan" under the City Government category.
A Comprehensive Plan is a vision of what a city wants to be. It is also a framework for shaping future growth and change, for protecting what a community values, for enhancing what the community wants to improve, and for creating what the community feels is lacking. It also helps clarify the relationships between the community, its neighboring municipalities, and the region.
It contains information about current conditions, trends, and goals and policies for land use, community design, housing, transportation, parks, recreation, and natural resources, water resources, heritage preservation, and community services and facilities.
In Minnesota, authority for land-use planning and regulation is vested primarily in local governments (townships, cities and counties). The Metropolitan Land Planning Act, a state law first passed in 1976 and amended several times since, requires local governments in the seven-county Twin Cities area to develop local comprehensive plans. The plans must contain a number of elements, among them:
View the statute online
The City of Edina currently has a comprehensive plan that is used to guide City decisions. As Edina moves towards the future, the needs of the City and its citizens will change. The changes need to be reflected and addressed in the comprehensive plan to better serve the community, i.e. its currents residents and those that will come here in the future. Also, Minnesota State law requires that comprehensive plans must be reviewed and updated at least once every 10 years. The updated Edina Comprehensive Plan must be submitted to the Met Council in 2018. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
By Edina City Code, the Edina Planning Commission is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and making recommendations on the Comp Plan, including its required updates. A Planning Commission Task Force, comprised of residents who are currently on the Planning Commission, oversees the preparation of the updated Comp Plan. Several consultant firms are assisting with the technical review. The Task Force, with City staff assistance, is also conducting a series of public meetings, listening sessions, focus groups, and interviews to provide timely information on work progress, and to obtain input and feedback. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Plan is used to respond to development, changes in the community (such as increased traffic), and other factors that may have an impact on a community. It can also be used to guide and shape future development, working in conjunction with residents, business owners and land owners. The Plan sets forth a vision and goals, along with a chapter for implementing those goals.
The Planning Commission uses the Comp Plan as the basis for its deliberations and decisions regarding review of development applications, and for its recommendations to City Council. The City Council, other appointed Commissions, and City departments use the Comp Plan to develop programs and the Capital Improvement Plan. And, property owners and developers use it to consider potential future uses and development of property. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires communities to review and update their local comprehensive plans at least once every 10 years. Communities then submit their plans to the Council, which determines if the local plans:
Local governments may not implement any measures that would allow development that conflicts with the comprehensive plan reviewed by the Council. When a community a changes its comprehensive plan, the Council is required to review the amendment before it can go into effect.
With respect to growth forecasts, the Metropolitan Council included these forecasts in the 2005 System Statement for the City of Edina. System Statements explain the implications of metropolitan system plans (transportation and airports, wastewater services, and parks and open space) for each individual community in the Twin Cities metro area. Within the System Statement are the population, households, and employment forecasts for Edina; these are used by the Met Council to plan for its regional systems. The Met Council has asked that communities base their Comp Plan update work on these forecasts. However, they have advised that, given the nature of long-range forecasting, the Met Council will maintain an ongoing dialogue with communities to consider any changes in growth trends or community expectations about growth that may have an impact on regional systems. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region. The Council works with local communities to provide these critical services:
The 17-member Metropolitan Council has 16 members who each represent a geographic district and one chair who serves at large. They are all appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The State Senate confirms Council member appointments. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
The Met Council reviews and approves all Comprehensive Plans prepared by municipalities in the seven-county metro area, including Edina’s. The Met Council works in partnership with communities to use these Comp Plans and its regional system plans to guide public and private development in the region. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
There are many ways to be involved:
For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
This plan is an update of the 2008 plan update, and as such will not require a complete re-writing of the plan; however, some substantial changes are anticipated.
The process established by the Edina City Council, includes regular work sessions by the Planning Commission Comp Plan Task Force, large-group public meetings, smaller community meetings in specific areas of the city (such as in the areas surrounding the elementary schools), listening sessions (small meetings held in response to invitations by community organizations or neighborhood groups), intergenerational dialogue with residents and other stakeholders, as well as ample opportunity for comment on the city’s website and through other means. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Information on our hours and locations can be found here.
We currently do not offer delivery but look for it to be added in Fall 2017.
Please email product inquiries to Edina Liquor.
The stores, operated by the City of Edina, put profits back into the City, reducing taxes and helping pay for City services. Truly, buying locally benefits locally.
Reserve for a birthday party online. Note: If you are a 1st time user (never purchased a program, membership or party on this module), you will need to create an account first. If you have an account already, simply log in and then under Facility Type choose Edinborough Birthday Party sites. Amenities section- does not apply to Edinborough Park birthdays.
Yes. All children between the ages of 12 months through12 years, including the birthday child and siblings are counted as part of your 10 guests. Adults are free, but are included in the 20 person limit at the tables.
Please contact the birthday party coordinator directly. Depending on space availability, the party coordinator can suggest some other options that include an additional fee.
Yes. Party guests can arrive early to play or stay after the end of your party at no additional fee. Have your guests check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival-wristbands are good all day long. Please keep all party items in your car before your party and return your party items to your car after your party.
Please note that the tables on the upper level across from the Guest Services desk are not available for birthday party use or storage.
$9/child. Fee covers the playpark wristband as well as the services Edinborough Park provides for your party, including staff coordination, set up and maintenance.
Yes. General admission for ages 1 year-12 years is $8.00/child(tax included). Parents/Guardians may play for free. Frequent playpark users should consider purchasing a 10 admission pass for $75.00 or an annual membership (price varies depending on residency and number of children) - both may be purchased online or at the Edinborough Park Guest Services desk.
Aside from a few holiday closures, Edinborough Park Great Hall and Adventure Peak are open every day of the week: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am-9:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.
Adventure Peak is designed for children ages 12 months-12 years, but children 13 and over may play at the park (with a paid admission sibling) and their parent/guardian for free. Parents and guardians get to play for free too (with a paid child admission)! The Great Hall has small sized basketball hoops, a bouncy house and various trikes and toys suitable for children up to age 13. Little Peak is for ages 4 and under with their parent/guardian only.
The park was designed and built with wider tunnels so that parents could actively play with their children.
"Little Peak" is a gated area located in the Adventure Peak space and is for ages 4 and under and their parents/guardians. It includes a small slide and padded climbing area, as well as recently added musical elements. Please note that the floor is padded making it a "Socks Only" zone.
The Playpark includes Adventure Peak, our large climbing structure, Little Peak, our toddler padded play area, and the Great Hall, a gym area with a bouncy house, balls, scooters, and small basketball hoops. Admission to the playpark includes both areas. Please bring your socks, as Adventure Peak, Little Peak, and both bouncy houses are "Socks Only" zones.
No. For the safety of all guests, balls, toys and other play equipment should be kept at home.
Pool hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sundays.
The doors to the building will be opened at above listed times each day (beginning February 20) unless otherwise posted. Locker rooms will be available until 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The Edina Swim Club has exclusive use of the pool during certain times of the day, as well as Edina Community Education. Please see our detailed pool schedule for specific lap swim and open swim hours each day.
The pool does not have a lifeguard on duty.
Swimmers must be 16 years old to participate in lap swim sessions. During open swim, youth under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Swimmers and non-swimmers must either pay daily admission or have a 10 admission pass or annual membership to be in the pool area.
A limited amount of kick boards and foam noodles are available. We do not provide life jackets or towels. Goggles and towels are available for purchase at the Guest Services desk.
Daily admission is $8.00/person and includes admission to both the pool and the track (playpark is a separate fee). A pool and track 10 admission pass or annual membership may be purchased for frequent users for $75.00. Age requirements apply.
You must be 16 years of age or older to use the track and the exercise equipment in the track area.
Strollers are not permitted in the track area for safety reasons. If a baby/young child is in a baby carrier attached to the users body, that is acceptable.
Yes, we have locker rooms for men and women, however there is not a family locker room or changing area. Coin operated lockers may be rented for 50 cents a day.
The track is open Monday- Friday from 5:45 am-8:45 pm, Saturdays from 7:30 am-8:45 pm and Sundays from 8:45 am-5:45 pm. When there is a park holiday, there may not be early morning track hours. The doors to the building will be unlocked 5 minutes prior to the opening time each day (beginning February 20). Locker rooms will be available until 9 pm Monday-Friday and 6 pm on Sundays.
Contact City Clerk Sharon Allison at 952-826-0408.
While the adult EAB beetle only nibbles on ash foliage, causing little damage, the problem lies with the larvae. Female borers lay their eggs underneath an ash tree’s outer bark. As the larvae grow and mature, they tunnel and feed on the tree’s inner bark, destroying its xylem and phloem tissue. This disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water, mineral nutrients and photosynthetic sugars to all parts of the tree, eventually killing it.
Multiple species of borers exist in addition to EAB. Borers, in general, will primarily attack only unhealthy or stressed host plants. In its native range, EAB works in a similar manner. However, since our native ash trees do not have any inherent defenses against EAB, all species of ash trees in Minnesota, whether healthy or not, are susceptible to destructive attacks.
Minnesota has the third largest population of Ash trees in the country. In urban areas, the Ash tree became the predominant “replacement” tree when trees were lost to Dutch elm disease. The Ash tree is also vital to many natural areas throughout the state.
In Edina, the Ash population is estimated at 50,000. The most valuable Ash trees (based on size, health, location and landscape importance) are primarily situated on residential lots, some parkland and a few boulevard areas throughout the City. An outbreak could greatly affect the City’s tree population.
Chemical treatments are available to help protect healthy Ash trees or those minimally affected. If you choose to use chemical protection, keep in mind that application must take place every two to three years, depending on the chemical and application method used, and can be somewhat expensive.
The decision to commit to long-term use of chemical protection is a private one, but some factors to consider are the relative importance and health of the tree or trees in your landscape and the affordability of a long-term commitment. As with all trees, Ash trees have multiple potential blights or diseases that will not be helped by EAB protection.
The City Forester recommends people with Ash trees contact a private arborist or tree care company to evaluate their options. He discourages the use of store-bought treatments that you spread on the ground to protect trees from Emerald Ash Borer. These may contaminate the surrounding soil and spread into groundwater or run off into nearby streams or drainages. They also can harm pollinators. Arborists inject trees directly, a method that is believed to have fewer concerns for water quality and is less likely to spread chemicals to water bodies, animals, insects or surrounding plants.
Another management option - also widely suggested for Dutch elm disease - is to consider planting another tree or trees on your landscape to have a replacement in the event you lose an important Ash tree. This option can be considered whether or not you also choose to chemically treat an Ash.
Residents are strongly encouraged to learn more about the disease in order to respond in a well-informed manner based on the latest factual research.
It would be inappropriate for the City to promote a particular tree company or arborist.
However, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a checklist for hiring a tree care company and a license information search (select Tree Care Registry as the license type) to assist in finding one.
Ramsey and Hennepin counties are currently under Department of Agriculture quarantines in regard to the movement of ash wood. EAB has a wider spread when infested wood is moved. If purchasing firewood, be certain it is not infested with EAB.
Do not transport firewood to or from another county.
A 100-year flood is the flood event that has a 1% probability of happening in any given year. However, this does not mean that it will only happen once every 100 years. This area has had multiple 100-year rainfall events in the last 30 years.
It could be algae, or more likely, it's duckweed. Check out this duckweed fact sheet to find out.
City code Chapter 24, Article 7, Division 2, Section 24-257 states, "...no person shall, on any lake, pond or stream within the city use any mechanically propelled boat or other watercraft, unless being used for emergency rescue or the maintenance of the lake, pond or stream."
The City does not permit docks.
The DNR does not require a permit to install, construct, or reconstruct a dock on shoreline property you own if you comply with this DNR guidance.
Dechlorinated swimming pool water discharge is allowed in the street and storm sewer. Salt water pools must be discharged to the sanitary sewer system and discharge is not allowed in the street or storm sewer system. City Code Chapter 23, Article II, Division 4, Sec. 23-95.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District performs mosquito control for the metro area. Find more information at www.mmcd.org.
The City has watering restrictions in place to promote water conservation.
Permits are available at no-cost to allow proper watering of new sod or seeded areas. Daily watering of new sod and seed is recommended for the first 14 days to establish root growth. After two weeks, normal watering should be sufficient for establishing a new lawn. The planting of new sod or seed during very dry times of the year is discouraged. Contact the Public Works Department to inquire about a permit 952-826-0300.
Assessors study and analyze the real estate market when estimating market value. If the real estate market indicates that buyers pay a premium for lakeshore property, this would be reflected in the assessor's market value. Contact the Assessing Department for more information.
Payments can be made online, by phone or by text with a credit or debit card or bank account. Bills can be viewed and paid at any time and residents have the option to pay more than one invoice at a time.
Additionally, customers will be able to securely store payment information for future use and still be able to enjoy the convenience of scheduling automatic payments. Existing users of the City’s current online utility billing portal are required to re-enroll to select notification and automatic billing preferences, and access the full functionality of the site.
New features include:
For more information, call Utility Billing at 952-826-0373.
Complete a free recreational fire permit form.
Yes. Fill out your free online permit and access rules and regulations of recreational fires.
No. Click HERE to view the policy.
Call 952-826-0326 to schedule an event.
Edina residents are welcome to tour Fire Station #1. Typically, individuals can stop by at their convenience. Edina groups should call 952-826-0326 to schedule a time to tour the station as a group.
No. The Department does not allow the use of the fire station for birthday parties.
Edina Fire Department offers free blood pressure checks at Fire Station 1 (6250 Tracy Ave. South) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. No appointment is necessary. Trained firefighters will record your blood pressure on a complimentary card so that you can track your blood pressure for evaluation by a physician.
The City of Edina does not offer car seat checks. Click here to find the nearest trained car seat technician that can assist installing your car seat.
Your ambulance bill can be paid by visiting the LifeQuest website.
Call 952-826-0326 to schedule a fire truck visit.
The Social Security Administration has a local office at 6161 American Boulevard W., Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55438. It's phone number is 1-800-772-1213. Its hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday.
If you need a Social Security Card, your personal information needs to be updated or your employer asked you to visit a Social Security office, visit the Card Center, 1811 Chicago Ave., Suite 2, Minneapolis MN, 55404. Its hours are 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In Edina, you may renew your driver’s license or get tabs for your vehicle at the Hennepin County Service Center.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 612-348-8240.
Southdale Mall Address: 1225 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435Phone: (612) 348-8240
Please call the Health Division at 952-826-0370. They will check to see if it is a City Code violation and, if so, notify the property owner.
Items of this nature can be brought to the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Bloomington, located at 1400 West 96th Street. Call the Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777 or visit their website at www.Hennepin.us for more information.
All of our job openings are posted online on the
At the City of Edina, all employees are paid every other Friday through Direct Deposit. See the 2018 Pay Dates.
To get future notifications of job openings, complete a
For more information, contact the Edina Fire Department at 952-826-0326.
Yes. All employees of businesses in the 50th & France district who choose to park in the Edina parking ramps MUST display a valid permit and park in the designated areas of the parking ramps so that adequate parking remains available for customers. Vehicles displaying a valid permit can park in excess of the posted limits applicable to customers.
Daily permits are available for employees who work only a few shifts each month.
Employees with valid "Regular" permits can park in:
Employees with "Premium" permits can park in
Please note that South "Premium" permits aren't valid in the North ramp and North "Premium" permits aren't valid in the South ramp. Regular permit holders can park in any regular permit area in either ramp. Regular permits are not valid in Premium spaces.
Surface parking is intended for customers. The most convenient locations are also reserved for customer use. Signs are posted in the ramps to clarify employee parking areas.
Where: The lower-most level of the South Ramp and designated areas of Levels 1 and 2 of the North Ramp. Permit holders also can park in the regular permit spots. Note that permits are issued for a specific area; holders can't park in the other premium areas.Availability: Only a limited number of premium permits will be issued.Cost: $25 per month plus Minnesota sales tax ($322.58 annually)
Where: Rooftop of South Ramp and Levels 3 and 4 of North Ramp.Availability: Available throughout the year.Cost: $10 per month plus Minnesota sales tax ($129.03 annually).
Where: Rooftop of South Ramp and Levels 3 and 4 of North Ramp.Availability: Available throughout the year.Cost: Packets of 10 daily permits are sold for $10 plus Minnesota sales tax. ($10.75 total)
Where: Designated stalls of the North Ramp.Availability: A limit of four overnight passes will be issued per business.Cost: $50 per month plus Minnesota sales tax ($645.15 annually)
"Premium" permits are issued for parking stalls in desirable locations but with access that can be confusing for customers to navigate. Premium permits are intended for full-time employees who generally work traditional business hours.
The number of Premium permits is limited to help ensure holders can find an available space during busy daytime hours.
Vehicles with a "premium" permit are also allowed to park in the designated employee parking areas used by "Regular" permit holders.
Please note that North "Premium" permits are not valid in the South ramp and South "Premium" permits aren't valid in the North ramp.
No. but there is no advantage to purchasing permits at City Hall or by mail. Permits are sold first-come, first-served regardless of method.
Vehicles with a valid permit are allowed to park in any of the employee designated spaces in excess of the posted limits. There is no maximum time limit for employees with valid permits except that around-the-clock parking is generally not permitted. Overnight parking is only allowed for vehicles that display a valid overnight permit and park in the designated stalls.
By Municipal Code, posted hourly restrictions are actively enforced between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Each month, the City spends approximately $38 per stall in operations and maintenance costs of the parking ramps and related infrastructure at 50th & France. This does not include the cost to build the ramps. There is no such thing as “free” parking.
Some employers purchase parking permits while others do not. This is a decision made by the individual business, and the City does not take a position on employee benefits provided by individual businesses.
Employees are encouraged to park in the more remote stalls even during non-work hours. This will add to the overall convenience of customers and should improve the climate for your own business.
The City of Edina issues permits only to employees of businesses located in Edina. Other parking options are available for employees located east of France Avenue in Minneapolis. Contact the 50th & France Business Association for more information.
On-street parking is also available. Vehicles parked illegally and in violation of posted signs, however, may be ticketed if they are reported as a nuisance.
Driving is not the only way to get to work. Walking, bicycling, carpooling and public transit can be good options as well. 50th & France has frequent bus service on Routes 6 and 46. Contact Commuter Services or Metro Transit for more information.
Employees with valid disability plates or tags are not required to purchase a parking permit and are allowed to park in any designated stall. Stalls for people with physical disabilities are located in each ramp and surface parking areas. These stalls are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless marked, there is no time limit for these stalls.
Permits must be adhered to the inside portion of the rear window to be visible from the rear. Permits should not hinder the driver’s vision. Vehicles must be parked front-end forward so that the permit is visible from the rear.
When a vehicle is sold or traded, a replacement permit will be issued at no cost provided that at least half of the original permit is returned with the new application. Lost or misplaced permits will not be replaced.
Employee parking in violation of City Code by failing to obtain a permit or failure to park in the designated location will be ticketed or towed at owner expense.
Parking citations are issued by the Edina Police Department and processed through Hennepin County courts. Payments can be made online, via mail, in person or over the phone. If you believe the citation to be in error, please contact the Hennepin County Violations Bureau at 612-348-2040 or visit MNcourts.gov/Hennepin.
Vehicles without valid permits visibly displayed are subject to receive a ticket. There are no exceptions.
Please note that the "window cling" permit can easily be transferred from one vehicle to another, but any vehicle displaying it must be registered with your permit (you can do so by filling out the second car information on the form.)
Daily permits are available for purchase at City Hall or the 50th & France Business Association.
After 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends the premium parking stalls in the North and South ramps are available to any customer or employee with any type of valid permit on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You are welcome to send suggestions or comments to Economic Development Manager Bill Nuendorf at bnuendorf@EdinaMN.gov.
Yes; the general park areas are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yes; all refund requests will be assessed at $5 administrative fee. Full refunds are given only when a program or reservation is cancelled by the Parks & Recreation Department. No refunds will be given for cancellations requested less than five business days prior to the start of a program or reservation. Under the discretion of the Parks & Recreation Director partial credit will be considered if cancellation is due to injury serious illness.
No; alcohol is prohibited in the parks.
Yes; seasonally staff will bring items to the Parks & Recreation Department at City Hall. If an item is labeled with a name and phone number we will contact that person. Items are typically discarded after one month.
No; only Edina residents can reserve parks.
Yes; park shelter buildings need to be reserved and there is a fee.
Yes; for exclusive use of a picnic shelter it is required you make a reservation and there is a fee.
No; you will have exclusive use of the shelter building/picnic shelter during the time stated on your permit. The park is open to the public.
Cornelia School shelter building - 63 people
Countryside Park shelter building - 60 people
Pamela Park shelter building - 77 people
Todd Park shelter building - 50 people
Walnut Ridge shelter building - 50 people
Weber Park shelter building - 63 people
Chowen Park picnic shelter - approximately 16 to 24 people
Garden Park picnic shelter - approximately 8 to 12 people
Rosland Park picnic shelter - approximately 150 people
Sherwood Park picnic shelter - approximately 16 to 24 people
Utley Park picnic shelter - approximately 8 to 12 people
Wooddale Park picnic shelter - approximately 16 to 24 people
No; staff will not be present at your reserved event. You will need to pick up a key for the shelter building at Edina City Hall in the Parks & Recreation Department.
No; when you reserve a shelter building or picnic shelter you are in charge of the set up.
No; inflatables are not allowed in Edina parks.
Yes; shelter buildings will close when the temperature is -10 or lower and/or the wind chill is -15 or lower.
Vacation rentals like VRBO and AIRBNB are not allowed in Edina. Single-family residential properties are to be used as the residence of an owner or tenant of the unit. If the owner does not reside in the unit, a tenant may reside, but for a period of not less than 30 consecutive days.
For more information, contact the Planning Division at 952-826-0369.
Tips and hints for locating corner property irons:
View The city of Edina Zoning Map .
Residential Fencing Regulations?
There are no setbacks for driveways located on Single Dwelling Unit and Double Dwelling Unit lots. The driveway can go up to the property line; however, vehicles are required to park 5-feet from the side property line and 15-feet from the travelled portion of the street.
A shed constructed in the rear yard entirely behind the house is required to maintain a 3-foot side yard and 3-foot rear yard setback, including any overhang.*
A shed located in a side yard is required to maintain a 5-foot side yard setback.*
If you have a corner lot please contact the Planning Division for further information.*
*In all the above cases if a shed is larger than 200 square feet a building permit is required. You can contact the Building Inspections Division for further information.
Recreational vehicles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, special purpose trailers or other vehicles designed or used for off-road purposes may be parked or stored in a garage or lawfully erected building, or may be parked or stored outdoors as follows: Sec. 26-338
The Edina Planning commission regularly meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month unless otherwise indicated.
The application deadline is 30-days prior to each meeting date.
No, the City does not currently require a license to rent property. However, short-term rentals, such Airbnb and VRBO, are not permitted in Edina.
For more information, contact the Planning Division at 952-826-0369.
Fingerprinting services are available on Thursdays between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Edina Police Department. Services are only available to Edina residents or teachers. Bring proof of residency and/or proof of employment (for Edina Public Schools). There is a $15 fee for the first card, $5 for each additional card. For more information, please call 952-826-1610.
Yes, call 952-826-0494 during business hours to arrange a tour, or fill out the online
Approximately 17,000 registered predatory offenders live in Minnesota as of January 2013. State Statute prohibits dissemination of most information about them, including place of residence, with the exception of Level III offenders. There are registered offenders living in Edina, but there are no Level III offenders at this time (August 2014). If a Level III offender moved in, a community notification meeting would occur and information would be put out on this website, in the Edina Sunday -Current newspaper and by other methods.
For more information, contact Detective Kenna Dick at 952-826-0491. For general information about predatory offenders, see the Minnesota Department of Corrections website and for information about noncompliant registered predatory offenders, see the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension site.
City Ordinance Chapter 8, Division 2, Section 8-241 states that a violation occurs when the animal noise happens repeatedly over at least a five-minute period of time, and there is one minute or less time lapse between each animal noise during the five minute period. If these conditions are met, call 952-826-1600, 24 hours, to report the violation. For more animal information, visit Animal Control.
Per Minnesota State Statute 169.225, people age 12 and older may operate a motorized foot scooter on the street and are subject to all traffic laws imposed on drivers of motor vehicles. In addition, all drivers under 18 must wear a helmet and no passengers are allowed.
Scooters may not:
Call Police Administration at 952-826-1610 during business hours (8am-4:30pm) if you lost something in Edina. Property that is confiscated can only be claimed by contacting Property and Evidence Technician Julie Norgren for an appointment at 952-826-0473. Unclaimed items are regularly auctioned at
The Edina Police Department uses Kustom Karriers towing for impounded vehicles.
For small quantities of medication, the Edina Police Department provides medication disposal bags residents can use in their homes to discard medication. Each bag allow for the disposal of up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication of 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon, which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating groundwater and drinking water
How to properly dispose of medication in the disposal bags:
Get a Medication Disposal Bag
Medication disposal bags are available for pickup Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Police Department and Fire Station Number 1.
Large or small quantities of medications can be disposed of at any of Hennepin County’s six drop-box locations.
View weekly incident and arrests reports here.
View and search an interactive crime map here.
View State of MN BCA uniform crime reports here.
Mandated reporters, designated facility reporters, law enforcement, counties, and lead investigative agencies must complete all required fields and submit the report when complete to meet a duty as a mandated reporter under MS626.5572 Subdivision 16. Fill out an online report.
The City required peddlers and solicitors carry and display a permit. Download the application and return it to the Edina Police Department, 4801 W. 50th St. Do not sign the application until you bring it into the Police Department. Make sure to have two passport-like photos, brochures/credentials, check or cash in the amount of $ 30 and your State-issued ID. Once the application is reviewed and approved, pick up your badge. Permits allow soliciting in the City of Edina for 14 consecutive days. If you would like to continue for longer than 14 days, you will need to re-submit everything again.
For more information, please contact the Edina Police Department's non-emergency line at 952-826-1610.
Dog licenses and Off Leash Collars for the dog parks can be obtained by mail, online or in person.
All City dog licenses expire Dec. 31. To renew by mail, send current rabies information and a check for the licensing fee to:
Edina Police Division4801 W 50th StreetEdina, MN 55424-1394
Cost is $20 per neutered or spayed dog. Licenses for dogs not neutered or spayed cost $30 each. Duplicate tags cost $6.License numbers are valid for the life of a dog. Request a new number only if the tag is unreadable.
When off the owners property, all dogs and cats must be leashed. This includes City parks. An exception is in the City's off-leash dog area (OLA) at Van Valkenburg Park and off-season at Strachauer Park. Purchase an Off Leash Collar.The off-leash area is open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must wear an OLA collar.Dogs must be properly vaccinated and must be leashed when entering and exiting the OLA. No glass containers, smoking, female dogs in season, unauthorized motorized equipment or vehicles, bicycles or individual dogs known to be aggressive are allowed.Children under age 6 are not allowed within the OLA; children under 12 must be closely supervised by an adult. Dog owners are responsible for damage and injuries inflicted by their dogs and must properly clean up after them.Other rules are listed on signs within the park. OLA permits with collars cost $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Discounts are given for multiple dogs.Discounts are given on multiple Off-Leash Area collars only at:
Minnesota uses a service called VINELINK for electronic and telephone notification.
The Hennepin County Jail Roster lists inmates being held and is another good resource.
Payment can be made online, in mail, in person or over the phone with the Violations Bureau. If you would like to contest the citation you must also contact the Violations Bureau.
For more details about how to pay or contest a citation visit the Hennepin County Violations Bureau website.
District Court Administrator
c/o Violations Bureau
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0014
Please call Public Works directly at 952-826-0375 to report water/sewer problems.
Their regular office hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report a water or sewer emergency outside of regular office hours, please call the City Dispatcher at 952-826-1600 for after-hours water/sewer emergencies.
View permit information. Once you enter the address and get a result, click on the permit number to review the permit details. Note, some steps, like tree clearing, reclamation, etc., do not require permits.
If you'd like to see a site plan, call the contractor and request to see the design. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Ask to see a copy of the land survey for the new construction site. A land survey is performed for the purpose of locating, describing, monumenting and mapping the boundaries and corners of a parcel of land. It may also include mapping of the topography of the parcel, and the location of buildings or other improvements on the parcel. A land survey would define the dimensions of the lot and show whether any of the property is encroaching upon an adjacent parcel.
Compare the survey to the stakes that the surveyor placed in the ground. If the survey looks incorrect, you have the right to hire, at your cost, your own land surveyor to confirm that the property lines have been marked correctly. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Prior to beginning any permitted work on the site, a contractor must install a sign identifying the contractor's company name, contact information, the address of the project, and a contact number for the City of Edina to report problems. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Once you know the name of the contractor, do some online research. What other houses have they built? What features are commonly seen in the developer's residential projects? What have its clients said about them? What about neighbors of those projects?
The State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has the authority to license and regulate building contractors and remodelers. Are there any licensing actions or complaints that have been filed against this builder with the State of Minnesota Department of Labor? Check the status of a license.
For a demolition permit, at least 15 days before demolition occurs, the permit holder must provide written notification to all property owners within 300 feet of the demolition site notifying the property owners of a proposed demolition and invite them to a neighborhood meeting. The neighborhood meeting must be held at least five days for demolition begins.
Attending this meeting is highly recommended. Topics discussed may include hours of operation, construction schedule (demolition, excavation, deliveries, concrete work and completion date), storm water and erosion control, noise mitigation, dust control, equipment, etc.
Bring a list of questions you want to ask. For example, How can work be coordinated so that trucks don't block the street any more than necessary? Who is going to take responsibility for shoveling the snow from the sidewalk?
Make sure that whatever information is communicated to the neighbors is also being communicated to the subcontractors. Has the contractor conveyed pertinent information and laws to its subcontractors? For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
In the event of damage to your property that may be caused by the nearby construction activity, it is in your best interest to have evidence showing how your property looked before the construction began.
Photograph "before" conditions in the exterior and interior of your home. Include photos of the area between your home and your neighbor's home that is being reconstructed. If you can show where the water flows during a rainstorm, even better. For more information, please call 952-826-0369.
Construction management issues can be temporary nuisances or permanent conditions. This guide can assist in instructing you how to report any issues that require follow up from City officials.
File a complaint regarding a residential demolition or new construction site
No person shall engage in or permit construction and repair activities involving the use of any kind of electric, diesel or gas-powered motor vehicles or machine or other power equipment, audible beyond the property line of the property where the activity is occurring, except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Edina City Code Chapter 23, Article II, Division 5, Sec. 23-124
The City recommends that if a neighbor is disrupted by construction noise outside of allowable hours, contact the Edina Police Department's non-emergency line at 952-826-1600.
Should an issue arise, contact the contractor directly to express your complaint or concern. More often than not, an issue can be resolved this way.
If you do not wish to confront a subcontractor directly on-site, call the contractor's contact information that is posted on the sign at the construction site. The contractor must also accept responsibility for the action of its subcontractors.
If the contractor is not resolving the issue and you would like to determine if your concern can be resolved by enforcement of City Code, please call the Residential Redevelopment Coordinator at 952-833-9521 or fill out the online complaint form.
If you experience property damage that you know or suspect was caused by construction activities, contact an attorney for assistance. Disputes between private contractors and property owners are civil matters and the City generally does not intervene in private disputes. Again, be sure to document everything inside and outside of your property, as well as any conversations.
In certain cases (particularly those involving personal safety), it may be appropriate to contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, which may intervene in cases related to consumer protection.
The senior center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
55 years of age and older.
Membership is encouraged, as the financial support it provides is important to the sustainability of the organization; however, it is not required to participate in our programs and services.
$17 for an individual
$27 for a couple
*A couple is considered two people at the same address.
We have several on-going programs including card groups, billiards, Edina Singing Seniors as well as classes and many “lifelong learning” series.
We also offer several health related programs and a free blood-pressure checks. We offer day trips, multi-day trips and even trips to other countries. For further information, call the senior center at 952-833-9570, take a look at information on this website under Plan Your Day, or send us an email.
All the details are available in the newsletter publication, The Times, available to members of the Edina Senior Center. Not a member? Request a complimentary copy of the newsletter by calling the Edina Senior Center at 952-833-9570.
5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN 55436
No, all are welcome and encouraged to join!
The Edina Senior Center is closed most holidays including the following:
Yes, the senior center has quite a few Bridge offerings. For dates and times, please visit our calendar page for details.
No. This program offering water, sewer and in-home plumbing insurance is run by Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA), a private company that is also known as Utility Service Partners, Inc. The warranty program is endorsed by the National League of Cities and works with more than 240 cities across the country.
All Edina utility customers are receiving letters informing them of the three programs offered by SLWA: water line warranty, sewer line warranty and internal plumbing warranty. SLWA has chosen to send an introductory letter for each program and a reminder, totaling six letters, each year of the program. Edina gets about 50-60 water service leaks every year on private water lines. This program offers risk management for those residents to assist them when these failures occur. Property owners should check with insurance agencies to see if their homeowner’s policies already covers these services.
The City Council endorsed the program on Nov. 1, 2016, and agreed to allow the company to use the City’s name and logo in letters, bills and marketing materials. SLWA is responsible for all costs of the program, including mailings and promotion.
City staff recommended the program as an option to help residents whose water and sewer lines aren’t covered by their homeowner’s insurance. Staff regularly heard complaints from residents who discovered, when a break or failure occurred, that they were responsible for repair costs. Staff found the SLWA warranty program as an option to help people avoid expensive repair costs.
No. This program is entirely optional. Residents should treat it like any other insurance or warranty program. It’s up to residents to evaluate if they want to purchase warranty coverage.
No. The company put a deadline on the letters, but people are able to sign up later. Of note, in most cases coverage does not begin until 30 days after signing up.
Call SLWA at 1-844-257-8795 to have your name and address removed from their contact lists.
As part of the City’s endorsement agreement, the City gave SLWA the addresses. Those are a matter of public record and could be obtained by anyone at any time.
No. SLWA states it does not sell its customer lists.
If the City sent a letter, taxpayers would pay for that mailing. By having the company send the letters, residents aren’t paying for that. The City issued a press release and included a story about the program in the summer issue of Public Works Pipeline.
Yes. The program applies to all Edina residents.
The City is responsible only for its portion of the lines. For water lines, the City’s responsibility ends at the curb stop, which is located between 5 and 15 feet from the street. For sewer, it ends at the main, a much longer distance from a home and could require excavation into the street, which can be more costly to repair.
Age, ground shifts, fluctuating temperature and tree root penetration are among the most common factors that can damage or break lines. Household sewer lines also may become clogged by flushing inappropriate items down toilets or drains.
No, copper pipes don’t last forever. The industry life expectancy of a copper service line is 50 years.
You should check your policy or with your agent. While some homeowner’s policies cover water and sewer lines, others don’t.
The City averages about 180 calls a year for water and sewer line problems. More than half end up being the homeowner’s responsibility. This number does not include every incident because some sewer problems, such as tree root intrusion or line repairs, are done on the private side of lines without City knowledge. We encourage people to call Edina Public Works first, but it doesn’t always happen.
Costs can vary greatly, but the average cost for a water service line repair is about $1,200 to $1,500. If lines need replacing, the average cost is $2,000 to $3,000, according to Public Works. Sewer line repairs can be much more expensive because a street repair may be involved.
SLWA is charging Edina residents $5.75 per month for the water service line warranty, up to $7.75 per month for the sewer line warranty and $6.99 a month for the in-home plumbing warranty. These are separate warranties, so people can chose which, if any, they want to purchase.
No. All payments go to SLWA. Where to send the payments is included in the information from SLWA.
Yes. The City receives 50 cents a month per policy. That money will be used to increase the level of service that a homeowner receives from the City of Edina when encountering a sewer backup.
Specific coverage questions should be directed to SLWA. You can call the company at 1-866-922-9006 or check the website, slwofa.com. Some coverage details also were included in the mailings.
SLWA has a list of frequently asked questions about its warranty programs. Or call SLWA at 1-866-922-9006.
What if I have more questions about the City’s water and sewer lines?
Please contact the Public Works Department at 952-826-0376.
New skaters, starting at age 3, should register for SnowPlow Sam 1. After passing this introductory class, skaters advance through four progressive levels where kids enjoy fun and games while building their confidence in skating. Skaters then transition to Basic Skills levels 1-6 where they start building a strong foundation of fundamentals including agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Instructors will evaluate skaters near the end of the session and give you a report card that indicates which level to register for the next session. Mastery skills for each class level can be found at learntoskateusa.com.
Children in 1st Grade and older with or without skate experience should start in Basic 1 and progress through all six levels.
Complete the registration and your name will be added to the wait list. This process can be completed for multiple classes. We do our best to accommodate as many skaters as possible.
Full refunds are given only when a class is cancelled by Braemar Arena or if requested five business days prior to the start of a class. Refund requests will be assessed a $5 administration fee. Partial credit will be considered if a cancellation is due to injury or serious illnesses.
First, check that your child's birthday is correct in your account profile and that he/she is the right age for the class. If you are still unable to register, call 952-833-9506 and register over the phone.
Yes, for $3 per rental. We have figure skates in youth sizes 8 through adult size 11. Hockey skates are available in youth sizes 3 through adult size 14. Skates are for use only on the premises.
Forms for program submission can be accessed online as can the SWSCC Policies and Procedures page. Reading through the policies will likely answer most, if not all, of your questions. The majority of questions asked are answered on pages 4–6 and have to do with Drop-Off Procedures and Scheduling of Programming. If you choose to submit programs electronically, it's a one-step process under the Forms section of this website.
Each program submitted in DVD form for playback on SWTV's Public Access Channel must be accompanied by a Public Cablecast Request Form. An Educational Cablecast Request Form should accompany SWTV's Education programming.
The Edina Playback Facility partners with the City of Bloomington to provide producers with resources such as a studio and video production equipment. Those interested should contact Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT) at 952-563-4980.
It's likely that we already have mentioned your show on Twitter as we try to give a mention to every program in our line-up. But Producers can also take advantage of the SWTV Twitter Feed by asking the Community TV Administrator to tweet on your behalf.
Just email us with your 'Twitter Request' making sure you mind the guidelines.
Please do! Utilizing our video bulletin board is a great way for a Public Access Producer to promote a television show, or for a resident of the Southwest Suburbs to promote a community event or bring awareness to an organization. Graphics can be in .png or .jpg format and should be 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. Please avoid using decorative fonts and overly saturated colors. The Edina Playback Facility reserves the right to request changes. No commercial advertising allowed.
Unfortunately, the Edina Playback Facility does not have the staff available to assist residents and program producers in the creation or modification of bulletin slides. We will notify the public online should that policy change.
The process by which you convert a DVD to a file is called ripping a DVD, and there are many programs you can use to do it. A quick search for download software rip DVD program should yield you a number of options.
The reason that Public Access Producers are encouraged to use MPEG Streamclip is because it's cheap, (and often free), to install and set up, it has the ability to export files that conform to our required file specifications, and it's the program that is used at the Edina Playback Facility. This consistency allows us to better assist you in the process of converting, or ripping, your DVD should you need guidance.
In the same way that PCs require the installation of Quicktime Alternative 1.81 for MPEG Streamclip to work, Macs typically require the installation of the MPEG2 Playback Component to work. You will need to purchase it and install it. Please contact the Community TV Administrator for installation instructions as they are contingent upon your OS (952-826-0359 is our department number).
Absolutely, this is ok. Make sure your export settings match the file specifications required by our cablecast servers here at the Edina Playback Facility.
The speed of your internet connection will largely determine the speed of your file upload. Using an online speed test can show you your download and upload speeds. (Be sure to choose the location nearest you when running the test.) A typical high speed residential connection may yield upload speeds of 5 Mbps or more. At a rate similar to this, a 1 GB file could be uploaded within a half an hour.
The City of Edina produces a Consumer Confidence Report annually to inform its customers of the quality of the City's drinking water. The goal of the City’s Consumer Confidence Report is to provide information to customers about Edina’s drinking water without confusion or alarm. The City’s intent is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water, heighten awareness of the need to protect water resources and enhance the image of the professionals operating the City’s water system.
The City of Edina produces and mails its annual report in June of each year as part of the Public Works Pipeline newsletter.
For more information, contact Public Works Coordinator Dave Goergen by calling 952-826-0312, or Utilities Supervisor Gary Wells at 952-826-0316
Edina water has approximately 17-20 grains of hardness. The Utility Division of the Public Works Department recommends setting your softener to obtain 3 to 4 grains of hardness. For a very small percentage of our community, the Morningside water comes from the City of Minneapolis and does not need to be softened.
The City uses recommended amounts of chlorine to remove microorganisms from the water. Edina maintains its chlorine level between .05 and .08 parts per million. We test the water every day to make sure the levels are within national regulation guidelines. This level of chlorine is not harmful, but may smell offensive to individuals. An easy solution is to keep a container of water stored in your refrigerator. The chlorine gas dissipates very quickly, leaving no odor.
Yes. Whenever you go to other areas of the state or country, water can taste different because of different treatment processes or minerals that might be contained in the water.
The City of Edina and the Minnesota Department of Health conduct all the water testing required by the Safe Drinking Water Act to maintain safe drinking water in our community. Results are printed annually in the summer edition of Public Works Pipeline. If you desire further testing, please call a private testing laboratory. Search for “water analysis” or “laboratories-analytical”. In order to test water, you need to know for what you want it tested. For more information call 952-826-0375.
There can be iron particles in your water that pass through the City’s filtration system and even your water softener. If you get orange spots or if the laundry is slightly discolored, it can be fixed, as long as you don’t dry the clothes first. There is a product that the City distributes at no charge called “Rover”. Rover is a powder form of rust remover. You can pick it up at City Hall located at 4801 West 50th Street or at the Public Works building located at 7450 Metro Boulevard.
There are only 3 things that should be flushed down a toilet. These are toilet paper, urine and feces. When grease, paper towels, wipes, rags, diapers or other “sanitary” items are flushed into the sanitary system they create clogs, which in turn cause sewer back-ups.
To purge rust and stagnant water from the water distribution system and identify hydrants in need of maintenance, the Utilities Division of the City of Edina's Public Works Department will flush hydrants for two weeks in May and September. Random hydrants are also flushed throughout the year as weather and water demand allows.
Hydrant-flushing will take place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. In an attempt to minimize the impact on residents, hydrants will be flushed on the east side of Minnesota Highway 100 the first week and on the west side of the Highway the second week.
Due to the hydrant flushing, it is inevitable that some residents will receive rust-colored water that could stain laundry, but it is safe to drink. You should check for signs of discoloration prior to washing clothes. If the water is discolored when you turn on your tap, simply run the water until it is clear. Because the water system is a “single-pressure zone,” it is possible that red water problems will occur in any area of the City while flushing is occurring.
Generally, after flushing, it takes two to six hours for the iron particles, which are heavier than water, to settle out of the water. It may help to turn your cold water on medium pressure in your laundry tub until the water clears up. Since the Utilities Department flushes from 7 a.m. until about 2:30 or 3 p.m., it is a good idea to wait until early evening to do laundry. Always run a little water in your laundry tub first to make sure the water is running clear.
We try to operate every hydrant in the City once a year to see if there are any maintenance related issues that may need attention.
For more information regarding hydrant flushing, call the Utilities Division at 952-826-0375.
The City's Utilities Department cleans sewer main lines using a high-pressure water sprayer. While conducting this activity, our machine can create positive and negative pressures in the sewer line.
These pressures are normally released through the manholes and the roof vents on the house’s sewer line. If the house’s vent line is obstructed, the pressures will take the path of least resistance. This path can be through your floor drain or toilet. Air is the only thing that gets released. However, it will move any standing water in its path and release sewer gas into your home.
This is not a common occurrence, but does occasionally happen. Putting water in all of the drains in your house (especially lower-level floor drains) will stop the further release of sewer odor into your home. Clean-up is typically minor and is left to the home owner. Keeping your sewer and vent line clean will help prevent this from happening and minimize the chances of a backup caused from a blockage. After cleaning your sewer line, please call the City's Utilities Department so staff can make sure the debris from your line won't block the main sewer line.
Call the City Utility Department at 952-826-0375 or the Edina Police Department’s non-emergency number at 952-826-1610. Maintenance staff will come to the site of the leak and determine if it is a water main or service line leak and who is responsible for the repair (the City or the homeowner).
A water main brings water in a large diameter pipe from the water filtration plants and wells to the street in front of your home or business. Your service line is connected to the City main in the street. The valve is seven feet underground and can only be accessed (and turned on or off) with a special wrench used by the Utility Department. We turn your water off at this “curb stop” when you request your water be shut off for a plumber to make repairs and also to determine if a water leak is on the City (main) side or the homeowner’s (service) line.
Yes. Please view the Watering Restrictions page for more details.
Please view the Sewer Backs-Ups page for more details.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethane (TCA) are the most frequently detected volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in ground water in the United States. Due to its unique properties and solvent effects, TCE has been widely used as an ingredient in industrial cleaning solutions and as a “universal” degreasing agent.
In 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) conducted a toxicological review of TCE in drinking water. MDH concluded that the main health concerns from exposure to TCE at the lowest exposures are immune system effects such as immunosuppression or autoimmune disease, including hypersensitivity; an increased chance of cancer from long-term exposure; and heart defects in the developing fetus if the pregnant mother is exposed in the first trimester. Other health effects related to TCE are observed only at higher exposures.
In 2013, MDH developed a Health-Based Value, or guideline, of 0.4 micrograms of TCE per liter. This level of TCE is safe for all people exposed to TCE in drinking water at any time during their life, including pregnant women and their fetuses, infants, children and other sensitive people, including those with impaired immunity.
A level of 2 micrograms per liter of TCE in drinking water protects all people who are exposed for an entire lifetime from cancer. The increased risk for cancer is estimated to be 1 additional cancer case in 100,000 people, which is considered a negligible cancer risk. The level is also safe for healthy adults who are only exposed to TCE after age 18, and protects pregnant women and their developing fetuses from heart defects.
There is currently no TCE above the MDH Health-Based Value in Edina’s water after it has been treated at the City’s water treatment plants.
TCE has sometimes been detected at the “raw water line” and mitigated before entering the public distribution system.
The MPCA and EPA have been working since the early 2000s on groundwater contamination in St. Louis Park. A plume of contamination has extended into Edina.In October 2003, Edina Well No. 7, a seasonal well, was shut down and not turned on again until Water Treatment Plant No. 6 was constructed.
All of the City’s drinking water for distribution has been at or below the federal limit for TCE. Water pumped out of the ground might have TCE in it, but it is treated and safe before distribution.
Further, the Environmental Working Group’s website acknowledges that the City has conducted work on TCE remediation in tap water and Edina is in compliance with legally mandated federal standards. View its website at https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=MN1270011#.W1jDdNVKhhF.
In 2012, the City opened Water Treatment Plant No. 6 at 5116 Brookside Ave. The plant, which treats 4 of the City’s 18 wells, is equipped with an aeration system designed to filter out vinyl chloride and other VOCs like TCE. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency paid for the design of the plant. The City also worked with the Minnesota Department of Health on the project.
Yes, you can view testing data from March 2010-June 2018.
For more information on drinking water in Edina, read the recent issue of Public Works Pipeline (PDF), which includes the City’s annual drinking water report.
For more information on TCE in drinking water, visit the state's Department of Health's Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Your Health page.
Utility charges are based on a flat minimum charge. That minimum charge guarantees the water service and provides a minimum amount of water depending on the land use.
See the City of Edina utility rates.
Other utilities not provided by the City include:
For more information, call the City's Utility Billing Division at 952-826-0373.
For emergency water or sewer service, call 952-826-0375 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For emergency water or sewer service after hours, call 952-826-1600.