Brooklyn Park was settled in 1852, and it has grown into the sixth-largest city in Minnesota. It is a northwestern suburb of Minneapolis and it is a second-tier suburb as well. It has a population of nearly 80,000, and it's known for its parks and trails. One of the well-known trails is the Rush Creek Regional Trail.
It's designated as a Tree City USA community (and has been for 18 years), and it's been awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award for 11 years as well. In addition to the trails and parks, it has a nationally-renowned golf course called Edinburgh USA, and it has hosted several professional golfing events.
Brooklyn Park is known as a vibrant community that is near enough to the cities to appreciate the amenities of their own city. It's a diverse city that is committed to embracing and celebrating their rich multicultural makeup. They enjoy a multitude of restaurants, entertainment experiences, and outdoor activities. The city is steadily growing and expanding, and they aspire to be a leader in a global interconnected community.
Brooklyn Park History
In the early 1800s, Brooklyn Park was under the Missouri Territory along with the Dakota. The government allowed settlers to settle the area in 1852, and it became Brooklyn Township in late 1853/early 1854, named so after the settlers from Michigan who established the township. In 1860, two parts of the south split off and called themselves Brooklyn Center and Crystal. The remaining section stayed as Brooklyn Township and eventually, Brooklyn Park. It incorporated as a village in 1954 and became a city in 1969.
The city is proud of its farming roots, and it bought the Eidem homestead in 1976 to commemorate those roots. The Eidems first homesteaded in the 1850s, then bought their 39-acre home in 1894. They farmed and lived there until their deaths in the 1950s. The city bought it in 1976, then opened it to the public under the name the Historic Eidem Farm in 1979.
Today, Brooklyn Park is known for its parks and trails along with for its growing population that is multicultural. It is welcoming to people from all different backgrounds.
Green / Environmental
Brooklyn Park has declared that it's committed to becoming greener in the future via different means such as alternative fuels, greener buildings, and environmental preservation. They do not report any actual goals or actionable steps, however, in the Environmental Protection of their Comprehensive Plan for 2030.
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Brooklyn Park (Dog Park) - (7650 June Ave. N, 763-493-8333, website) Brooklyn Park is an off-leash dog park that allows our four-legged friends to run around freely and enjoy a nice summer day in the park. They can play with other dogs or just enjoy racing around in the sun. There is an area for small dogs to play as well as a lot of open space in which they can just enjoy themselves. There is a small fee for dogs that don't have a Brooklyn Park licensure.
Central Park - (8440 Regent Ave. N,, 763-493-8333, website) Central Park is a nice place for members of the community to gather whether they want to play tennis or softball, or maybe just take a leisurely walk. There is a playground for the younger children to enjoy, and there's plenty of space for dogs on a leash to enjoy as well. The park is lush and green in the summer, and it's the perfect place to enjoy a nice summer afternoon.
Environmental Park Area - (10201 W River Rd.,, 763-493-8333, website) Environmental Park Area is a park for dogs to romp and play off-leash. Dogs, like humans, need to stretch their legs and run around to their hearts' content from time to time, and they can do that here. They can make new dog friends and enjoy running free on the green grass with the wind in their ears. There is a small fee if your dog does not have a Brooklyn Park pet license.
Crazy Cajun - (8578 Edinburgh Center Dr.,, 763-568-7085, website) Crazy Cajun is all about the Creole food. It's owned by Jimmy Nguyen who is also the chef. He's from Houston, but he spent some time in Louisiana, and he decided to bring that flavor to Minnesota. He opened the restaurant in 2015, and it's a favorite of several Vikings players. He brings some of his Vietnamese background into the cooking as well, offering Boudin Eggrolls as an appetizer. The decor is minimalist yet contemporary, and the service is friendly. The menu includes Cajun Gator, Dun's Special Po-Boy (The Works), and a Seafood Platter. They also make you a customized seafood boil if you request it. The food is plentiful and spicy (especially for Minnesota), and you can order it to go.
Fat Nat's Eggs - (2700 39th Ave. NE, 763-425-0117, website) Fat Nat's Eggs was opened in 2008, and it's the second of three Fat Nat's. It has a very casual and relaxed atmosphere in a nondescript strip-mall, but the food more than makes up for it with its tastiness. The staff is cheerful and friendly, and they are eager to answer any questions you may have. They serve breakfast and lunch, and their fare consists of hearty American classics. The menu includes Huevos Rancheros Con Papas Favorito, Fat Nat's (omelette), Chicken Cordon Bleu, and burgers, and they have GF/DF options as well.
Mama Ti's Liberian Restaurant - (7800 Zane Ave. N,, 763-566-1009, website) Mama Ti's African Kitchen is a Liberian restaurant that is proud to bring a taste of Liberia The restaurant is open and airy, and the atmosphere is relaxed. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions about the food. The menu includes attieke (a whole fish, either baked or fried), jollof rice with your choice of meat (or no meat), soups with rice, and crab. They are known for their ginger beer, which they sell in bottles and jugs. They have an online store as well, so you can enjoy the flavors of Africa in your home.
MT Noodles - (8459 W Broadway Ave.,, 763-315-3055, website) MT Noodles is a Vietnamese restaurant that serves classic recipes based on the food of the My Tho region (the MT in the name). The decor is contemporary and bright, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed while the service is friendly. The menu includes banh mi, pho, com tom, and fried rice. Every dish is well balanced and full of flavor, and there are so many options, you'll want to return several times to try them all. They have takeout, and they will cater your special events as well.
Sweet Taste of Italy - (9576 Noble Pkwy. N,, 763-793-4733, website) Sweet Taste of Italy is an Italian restaurant with a colorful decor and a friendly staff. It has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and it's a great place for a cozy conversation over a glass of wine. It opened in 2001 by Jim and Melanie Stone after the success of their first restaurant in 2000, and it's been a staple of the neighborhood ever since. Most of their dishes are made from scratch, and they serve up many traditional Italian dishes. The menu includes ravioli, pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches, and homemade sweet breads. They also have carryout and catering.
Vietnam House - (7962 Brooklyn Blvd.,, 763-425-9991, website) Vietnam House is a Vietnamese restaurant with minimal decor and bold flavors. It's a family-owned restaurant, and they serve traditional Vietnamese recipes with a warm smile. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior; the food is worth the trip out. The menu includes banh mi, pho, fried rice, bun, and com tam. They also have vegetarian options.
Wagner's Drive-In Restaurant - (7000 West Broadway Avenue, 763-533-8262, website) Wagner's Drive-In Restaurant was opened by Ed and Anneliese Wagner as their second restaurant because they had so much success with the first. They have been serving the community for decades, and they are proud of their legacy. Their son is carrying on the tradition by helping out in the kitchen. They make much of their food by hand, including the coleslaw and soup. The menu also includes hamburgers, milkshakes, and sandwiches. They do catering, and they sponsor the Wag-Niters Car Club, which happens every Monday in the summer.
Cardell Floral - (3542 Douglas Dr. N,, 763-544-8232, website) Cardell Florist is a premier florist in the city, and they provide arrangements to churches, hospitals, and funeral homes around Brooklyn Park. Their bouquets are vibrant and personally arranged for each individual client. They are friendly and helpful, and they want to make sure that you get exactly what you've envisioned in your mind. Whether it's a bouquet for a wedding, a wreath for a funeral, or an floral arrangement to cheer up a friend in the hospital, you can find exactly what you need here.
Creative Blooms - (9550 Noble Pkwy. N,, 763-424-9020, website) Creative Blooms is a neighborhood florist that wants to add a bit of color and sunshine to your life via flowers. The staff members are very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable, and they are eager to create the perfect bouquet, wreath, centerpiece, etc., for your specific event. No matter the occasion, there is the perfect arrangement of flowers to help you celebrate it (or observe it in the case of more solemn occasions).
SR Harris Fabric - (8865 Zealand Ave. N,, 763-424-3500, website) SJ Harris Fabric is a warehouse for all things textile. Their inventory is immense, and their staff members are eager to help--whether in giving directions or in choosing the perfect fabric. They have prints--leopard, floral, and flannel, to name a few. They have silk, cotton (and quilting cotton), and wool as well. They also have drapes and upholstery, and they have stuffing, pillow forms, and foam, too.
Cam's Bar & Eatery - (8517 63rd Ave. N, 612-434-0338, website) Cam's Bar & Eatery is a casual joint with a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff. It's a convivial place to gather, and it has arcade games if you want to test out your gaming skills. There are also big-screen TVs if you want to watch your favorite team while hoisting a pint or two. The menu includes The Hot Mess (a tater tot base with sausage, two fried eggs, and more on top), Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pizza, baked chicken and bacon mac & cheese, and burgers and wraps. It has a back patio for outdoor dining and drinking when the weather is nice.
Mad Jacks Sports Cafe - (8078 Brooklyn Blvd.,, 763-432-6263, website) Mad Jacks Sports Cafe has a wooded interior with a motorcycle that has a hardy yet warm feel to it. The staff is cheerful, and they have several large screen TVs so you can watch the sport of your choice. The menu includes walleye fingers, flatbreads, Jack's fish and chips, burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. They have a patio which can be enjoyed when the weather is pleasant.
Xclusive GAMES & Lounge - (2929 Brookdale Dr.,, 612-207-9811, website) Xclusive GAMES & Lounge is a chill place to hang out and have fun with your friends. Whether it's games or music or painting, you can do it all with a nicely chilled beverage. The chairs are colorful and comfy, and the sports art murals are fun to look at. They have several events throughout the year such as a costume party for Halloween, paint & wine for Valentine's Day, and live music. Grab your besties and have a fun night out.
Community Arts & Recreation
Brookland Golf Park - (5232 Regent Ave. N,, 763-488-6497, website) Brooklyn Golf Park is a golf course that is open to people of all and any skill level. It is a favorite in the community for all golf enthusiasts, and the staff work hard to ensure a fantastic experience for everyone. They have lessons and clinics for adults and kids, and they have a place to play footgolf as well. They have tournaments and events throughout the year. If you like golf, this is the place for you. It is run by the City.
Edinburgh USA - (8700 Edinbrook Crossing, 763-315-8550, website) Edinburgh USA is a public golf course operated by the City of Brooklyn Park. It is a renowned and well-respected golf course in the professional world. It opened to warm applause from the golf world in 1987, and it has hosted several professional events for the LPGA since then. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones II, a prominent golf course architect. The course was renovated and updated in 2014 by his firm. The course is carefully designed so the player has to plan every shot, and, yet, it can be enjoyed by players of all different skills and levels. They have classes for anyone who wants to improve their game.
APR: Annual Spring Ice Skating Show - (5600 85th Ave. N,, 763-493-8333, website) The Annual Spring Ice Skating Show is presented by the Champlin Skating School, the Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, and the Brooklyn Park Skating School. It's an opportunity for the students/members of each club/school to show what they have learned throughout the year in a fun way. There is a theme every year, and last year's was 'Skating Over the Rainbow'.
MAY: Citywide Garage Sale - (, 763-493-8333, website) Every year, the city holds a citywide garage sale. It's a great way to get to know your neighbors better and to get rid of things that have been piling up in your home. It's also a way to find hidden treasure that you might not be able to find otherwise. It's a weekend-long event that takes place all over the city.
JUL: Tater Daze Festival - (4701 Oak Grove Pkwy.,, 763-493-8254, website) Tater Daze Festival is an annual event that has happened every year since 1964. It's to celebrate the potato and the fact that Brooklyn Park used to be one of the nation's top producers of the humble spud. The Tater Daze Festival is sponsored by the City of Brooklyn Park, and it's three days of fun for everyone. There is a parade on the first day in Noble Sports Park, and a Spud Run & Kids Fun Run in the same park on the second day. The evening activities plus the activities on the final day are at the Community Activity Center and include food, live music, teen activities, and so much more.
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