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Even though the opening of the Tilden Avenue Bridge was held Tuesday, July 1, it isn’t open!

Shannon looking over the Road Closed sign on Tilden Avenue bridge in Champlin, MN

Road Closed sign on Tilden Avenue bridge in Champlin, MN

The bridge is closed. Driving over the bridge and through the “Road Closed Signs” can earn you a $140 ticket and your car will be towed at your expense.

Champlin resident Laurence Johnson last Friday rode his motorcycle across the bridge. “I saw a police officer blocking a car from crossing. Soon enough, I was pulled over by an officer waiting for me at the other end. ”

Johnson had read an article in the Champlin-Dayton press about the bridge. “Apparently, many residents, like me, thought the bridge was open to the public.”

“It was anticipated that the bridge opening would occur shortly after the ribbon cutting,” said Deputy City Administrator John Cox. “However, the contractor still has some punch-list items to complete and has the right to keep the bridge closed while they are working on those items. Under the terms of our contract, the bridge must be open by this Friday, July 18th.” Until that day, you will be fined if you drive across the bridge.

The Tilden Avenue Bridge is the largest public works project in Champlin’s history, and The Hayden Lake Road/Tilden Avenue Road and Utility project cost $21 million. The project included reconstruction of Hayden Lake Road, construction of Tilden Avenue and the bridge, as well as adding two miles of sanitary sewer pipe and a regional pumping station to serve the northeastern section of Dayton and the northwestern portion of Champlin.

For more information, contact the Champlin Deputy City Administrator John Cox at jcox@ci.champlin.mn.us or 763-923-7104.


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Beans for sale at the Champlin's Farmer's Market

Beans for sale at the Champlin's Farmer's Market


Visit Champlin’s Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July 9 to October 15 at the Ice Forum at 120th Avenue and Highway 169, near Life Time Fitness. 

Special Event Days:
  • July 16: Free Bottled Water Day
  • July 23: Business Apprecation Day
  • July 30: Kid’s Day
  • August 6: Market Bingo Day
  • August 13: Taste of Champlin Day
  • August 20: Mom’s Club Blood Drive Day

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The Little Gym to open in Champlin, MN. Little Gym, a 30-year-old franchise providing activities for infants to 12 year olds, will soon open in Champlin. 


About Little Gym
Little Gym has “professionally developed, non-competitive curriculum designed to build motor skills while having fun, and simultaneously fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills.” Classes include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at his or her own pace.

Cost: Who knows?
How much does it cost? It’s not listed on their web site. Instead, you must fill out an online form to set up a free introductory class visit to a Little Gym.

Champlin’s Little Gym will open on Business Park Boulevard North in the Town Center retail building next to Dr. B’s Sport Cuts and Kai Salon. 

For more information, visit http://www.littlegym.com or e-mail The Little Gym of Champlin at tlgchamplinmn@thelittlegym.com.

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Donie Galloway Riverside Park is tucked away in the northwest corner of Champlin and Dayton. The park, located at 1333 Dayton Road, offers:

  • Soccer/lacrosse fields
  • an open play area
  • walking trails
  • and a tree nursery

Although the park has no playground equipment, it provides lots of space to play soccer or lacrosse (Champlin Park High School’s lacrosse team practices and hosts games there regularly), and there is a trail that follows along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Originally, it was called North River Park; however, in March 1993, the City of Champlin renamed North River Park as Donie Galloway Riverside Park in honor of former Police Chief Donie Galloway. A bronze plaque was erected under the park sign at the park commending his accomplishments with the Champlin Police Department.

For more information, contact Parks and Public Works Director Lisa Becks at 763-923-7132  or Lbeck@ci.champlin.mn.us.

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Cycle through Elm Creek Park Reserve in Champlin, MNIt didn’t take long for me to devise a personal list of my top-ten things to do in Champlin. Take a look and think about your favorite things to do in our community—and then post it in the comments section.

  1. Bicycling in Elm Creek Park Reserve
    I grew up in rural Sheridan, Wyoming where bike trails are nonexistent. I had to ride on gravel roads or on the side of the road hoping I didn’t get hit by passing trucks and horse trailers. This is one of the top-ten reasons I love Minnesota; bike trails are everywhere! I feel so fortunate.
  2. Walking along the Mississippi River in Donie Galloway Park
    Donie Galloway Park isn’t your traditional park. It’s a big, open field with trails that follow the Mississippi River—a hidden gem really. 
  3. Swimming at the Elm Creek Reserve swimming pond
    It’s so clean! I love riding bike through Elm Creek Park to the swimming pond on a hot day, and then jumping in. It’s worth paying $20 for a season family pass. Or you can pay $2 per person per day. It is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  4. Walking to Caribou Coffee for a cappuccino
    I love walking, and now there are sidewalks from my house to Caribou Coffee. I get exercise and a cappuccino. What more could I ask for: more trash bins along the path, perhaps. 
  5. Having a beer and miniburgers at Maverick’s Woodgrill 
  6. Taking my dog to the Elm Creek Off-Leash Dog Park 
  7. Picking strawberries at Bauer’s Berry Farm
    Bauer Berry Farm offers the finest in strawberries, blueberries, and sweet corn; pick your own, or purchase picked fruit fresh from the field!
  8. Watching a movie at Champlin Mann Theatre
  9. Ice skating at the Champlin Ice Forum
  10. Visiting the observatory at Jackson Middle School 

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“Dolly, want to go to the park?” That’s all I have to say, and our Parson Russell Terrier is running in circles, in a hurry to get out the door. She can’t wait to go to the dog park (or the “dog off-leash area”) in Champlin’s Elm Creek Park Reserve.

We adopted Dolly more than two years ago from the Animal Humane Society in Coon Rapids. She was rescued from a puppy mill in Le Center, and as a five-year-old female, she’d obviously had a lot of babies (thus her name: Dolly Parton)—and was never walked or exercised. In fact, when we first adopted her, she could only walk a few feet without stopping to catch her breath. Slowly, we added a few more steps to her daily walks, and after a few months, we took her to Elm Creek Park Reserve’s Dog Off-Leash Area, part of Three Rivers Park District

29 acres of off-leash fun!
Three Rivers Park District offers several opportunities for exercising dogs, including designated dog-walking trails, dog off-leash areas and skijoring/dogsledding trails. 

Elm Creek Park Reserve, which is part of the Three Rivers Park District, has 29 fenced acres for dogs like Dolly to run around without a leash. There is a pond, for those dogs who love jumping in the water and running after tennis balls, and there are many other areas for dogs to explore.

Purchase a pass or pay a daily fee
You will need to purchase a $30 annual pass, or you can pay a daily fee of $5 available via a drop box. Envelopes at each drop box will indicate the required fees and will include a Use Agreement, which must be signed. Make sure you display this on your car because it is patrolled quite a bit, and people are fined (Note: In the comments section below, a woman said she was fined more than $125 for not having a pass).

And most important
Don’t forget to bring a sack to pick up after your dog! Sometimes, others will leave extra sacks hanging on the fence for you to use, but don’t count on it. Bring a few plastic sacks to pick up the poop!

A tour of Elm Creek Park Dog Off-Leash Area courtesy of Dolly Johnson

Dolly says, \
Dolly says, “Hurry up! Let’s go!” when she gets to Elm Creek Park Reserve’s dog park.

Dolly forges ahead at the dog park
She enjoys the shady spots and takes her time sniffing everything.

Dolly at the pond in Elm Creek
Many dogs enjoy jumping into the pond, but Dolly just walks along the edge greeting the dogs and owners.

Dolly near the picnic table
Halfway through the loop, Dolly’s tongue droops.

 Is Shannon waiting for Dolly or is it the other way around?
Is Shannon waiting for Dolly or is the other way around?

Dolly meets other dogs
Dolly meets and greets others along the path.

Time to head home
It’s the end of the road, and time to head home.

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Are there too many banks in Champlin or too few retail and commercial businesses?The City of Champlin staff and its residents have all questioned whether the community has too many banks. But the real question isn’t whether we have too many, but instead do we have too few retail and commercial businesses? 

Financial institutions compared: Champlin and surrounding communities
Deputy City Administrator John Cox and staff recently examined the number of financial institutions in neighboring cities and determined Champlin, in comparison, had a slightly higher number of financial institutions per capita. 

Champlin currently has 23,500 residents and seven banks, which equals 3,357 residents per bank, for example. In comparison, Anoka has 17,500 residents and seven banks or 2,500 residents per bank. (Click here to view a comparison of banks in Champlin to banks in surrounding communities, prepared by the City of Champlin)

“Unlike our neighbors, Champlin has only one major commercial district, which is situated along the highway [169] corridor,” said Cox. “All of our banks are located along this corridor and in close proximity, [and] I believe this situation feeds the perception.”

Local market research
A better comparison would show each of those cities and their number of banks—and retail and commercial businesses—in relation to Champlin’s. How many restaurants and retail businesses are located in Anoka, for example, in comparison to Champlin? Instead of approving more banks, the City might first consider attracting other businesses.   

“I suspect you’re correct that we have some business categories, in comparison, with a lesser presence,” said Cox.

To provide an accurate view, Cox is investigating market research that examines local consumer supply and demand.  “While we’re examining the market in one-, three- and five- mile concentric rings, our focus has been on the one-mile market, which best represents Champlin resident demand.”

Two more banks
The City of Champlin is currently aware of two financial institutions considering new facilities in Champlin.  One is Financial One Credit Union, which is interested in relocating from their existing building behind the Super Wash on 123rd Avenue and Ensign Avenue. The other financial institution is an unidentified national bank, according to Cox.

For more information, contact Cox at jcox@ci.champlin.mn.us or 763-923-7104.

Champlin residents: What do you think?
Does Champlin need more banks? What are your suggestions and opinions? Post them in the comments.

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