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FridayFest features the reopening of the playground at Cliff Fen Park.
In November, the city removed the old wooden playground equipment, built in 1990, which had outlived its 20-year life span. The local Lion’s Club donated $50,000 to help fund the new playground, with five towers connected by bridges.
“Cliff Fen Park has been one of our most popular playgrounds,” recreation supervisor Garrett Beck said. “The number of play elements is significantly higher. The space is probably around 1½ times larger.”
Though weather delays have stalled the project a bit, Beck said the city is “doing everything and anything we can” to have it ready for the June 7 event.
During FridayFest, visitors can also watch a showing of the winners of the new “I Love Burnsville” video contest and “Jack and Jill,” the first outdoor movie of the season.
Other I Love Burnsville Week events include a 5K, a walk with the mayor, spring appliance and electronics drop-off, a softball tournament, Buck Hill mountain bike races, golf tournaments, the Rhythm and Words Family Music and Book Festival, a police and fire safety workshop for seniors, and open houses throughout the city.
For more information, visit www.burnsville.org.
Liz Rolfsmeier is a Twin Cities freelance writer.