In Savage, Minnesota, there are many landmarks that you can visit, although most of these landmarks are parks, I am certain that you will enjoy a stroll through them all the same. Now, without further ado, let me tell you about them.

When looking at a map of Savage, one can see a very large place, Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area, we will be describing it in detail as when you visit Savage, this place is quite unavoidable (covers 1/10th of Savage).

The outstanding significance of the natural features protected here have long been recognized. As early as 1926, the Naturalist’s Guide to the Americas called for preservation of this site.

The effort to protect this site as a Scientific and Natural Area has spanned more than two decades. In 1989, the first 42.5-acre parcel was acquired for designation as an SNA. In 2009, the Trust for Public Land partnered with conservation-minded private landowner Karl Bohn to add his adjacent 68+-acres to the SNA. Most recently (in 2013) an exciting land exchange with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service added over 188 acres to the SNA.

Located between Minnesota Highway 13 and the Minnesota River in Scott County, this SNA protects one of the rarest native plant communities in Minnesota. This site hosts 55 acres of the southeastern subtype of calcareous fen (known as a Prairie Extremely Rich Fen) which is ranked S1, or “critically imperiled” in the state.

Calcareous fens are described in the DNR’s profile of this community as “distinctive wetlands characterized by a substrate of non-acidic peat and dependent on a constant supply of cold, oxygen-poor groundwater rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates.” This native plant community exists here because of a series of alkaline seeps and springs that emerge at the base of a bluff formed of calcareous glacial deposits, associated with the Des Moines lobe of the most recent glaciation.

Not all plants can thrive or even survive in these conditions. Those that do tend to be as rare as fens themselves. Among the many rare species found here are five plant species listed as threatened in Minnesota, including sterile sedge (which is found almost exclusively in fens), whorled nutrush, valerian, hair-like beak rush and beaked spikerush

Their reliance on groundwater makes calcareous fens vulnerable to surrounding land uses that alter hydrology, so long-term protection of this site will rely on “fen-friendly” practices in the surrounding area.

The calcareous fen exists here in a diverse complex of native plant communities including seepage meadow, mesic prairie, and southern mesic hardwood forests dominated by sugar maple, basswood, elm, black ash. These provide habitat for at least 18 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) identified under Minnesota’s Wildlife Action Plan.

There are also other parks in Savage, Minnesota, and we also will be describing these parks in detail. We shall organize it alphabetically.

Boudin’s Acres Park

A 5.5-acre park offers a ball field, shelter and play equipment. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park is a 20-acre park located within Canterbury Square and Wellington Estates on Inglewood Avenue.  This neighborhood park offers two ballfields, a soccer field, tennis courts, a volleyball court, play equipment, a warming house/shelter, and hockey/ice skating rinks. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Cates Lake Park

This small 1-acre neighborhood park has play equipment, a shelter, a half basketball court and trails. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Dog Park

The Savage dog park is more than two acres of fenced off open space, complete with trees and benches that provide ample room for dogs and their owners to run, explore and socialize. Residents are required to have their pet licensed by the City – a mandate for all Savage pet owners. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day and residents are expected to follow and carry with them a copy of park rules. Pet owners should bring their own water.

Eagle Creek Park

This 4-acre park include a play area, shelter, basketball court, ball field and trails. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Glendale Park

Glendale Park is more than 6 acres in size. It has walking trails, horseshoe pit, a baseball/softball field, volleyball court, playground equipment and picnic shelter. The pedestrian system links to both Community Park and Trost Park. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Hamilton Hills Park

Hamilton Hills is a 4-acre neighborhood park that includes a baseball/softball field, soccer, basketball court, playground equipment and picnic shelter. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Heatherton Ridge Park

This 5-acre neighborhood park has play areas, a shelter, soccer field, basketball court, volleyball court and trails. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Hidden Valley Park

This 45-acre community park is unique because of its natural aesthetics and ornamental qualities. The Credit River runs through the park and offers excellent opportunities for gatherings, walking, and picnicking. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Hollywood Park

This small 5-acre neighborhood park offers basketball and volleyball courts, as well as playground equipment. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Loftus Park

Loftus is a 5-acre neighborhood park that offers a baseball/softball field, soccer, volleyball and basketball courts, and playground equipment. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

McCann Park

This 3-acre park includes trails, a baseball/softball field, soccer field, basketball court, playground equipment and a picnic shelter. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

This 2,785-acre regional park reserve is operated by Three Rivers Parks District and is mostly natural and undeveloped except for an off-leash dog area and cross-country ski and mountain bike trails.

O’Connell Park

O’Connell Park is a 26-acre park located in the Parkwood Hills, Timberline Ridge, South Hills and Dufferin developments. Access to the park is at South Park Drive, Ottawa Avenue and Oakborough Drive. Six additional acres were developed in 1995 and include a ballfield, basketball court, paved hockey rink and pleasure rink, basketball court, and a soccer field. New playground equipment, swings and improvements to the trail near the playground were recently completed in 2016. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Red Tail Ridge Park

This is a 10.5-acre park located next to Redtail Ridge Elementary School. This park features trails, a soccer field and approximately 6 acres of wetland and natural resources. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

River Bend Park

With just 5-acres, River Bend Park has a baseball/softball field, horseshoe pits, soccer, a basketball court, playground equipment and a pleasure skating rink with a warming house, picnic shelter and tot lot. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Savage Community Park

This park is 55 acres and includes baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, trails, a nature area, fishing pier, a soccer field, basketball court, playground equipment, and the city’s skateboard park. The McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) is set among 10 acres of native prairie, rain gardens, butterfly gardens and mature trees within Community Park. It offers an outdoor classroom and observation area. It is also available to rent, and is a picture-perfect location for weddings, graduation parties, family gatherings, and many other private occasions. The Savage Sports Center is in the northwest part of Community Park and is a state-of-the-art indoor athletic facility that offers a climate-controlled space for staying active during the months of November through April. May through October the dome structure is down, and the artificial turf becomes an excellent outdoor venue for athletic competitions. The Sports Center is available to the public for daily activities, facility rental for athletic practices and events, along with hosting birthday parties, and other private uses.

Schroeder’s Acres Park

This 20 acre-park is located off Boone Avenue and Highway 13/101. The park offers three ballfields, a soccer field, hockey and pleasure rinks with a warming house, a picnic shelter and plenty of open space. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on leashes. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Summit Pointe Park

This 16-acres park has a trail, baseball/softball fields, soccer, basketball, playground equipment, shelter, natural areas and walking trail. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Trost Park

This 10-acre park is located on Vernon Avenue and 137th Street. This park is one of the older city parks that offer active and passive opportunities.  Amenities include play equipment, hockey and pleasure rinks, warming house/shelter and ballfield. New play equipment was installed in 1996. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

Warren-Butler Park

This 26-acre park has five baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, soccer, picnic shelter and a pleasure skating rink with warming house. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities. Savage residents enjoy more than 440 acres of parkland and nearly 30 miles of sidewalks and trails that include amenities like bocce ball courts, skating rinks, tennis courts, and soccer and baseball fields that make life enjoyable in Savage.

Woodhill Park

This 8-acre park has trails, play equipment, a soccer field, a warming house/shelter and an ice hockey rink.  Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash. It is unlawful to bring beer into a park in glass, kegs, barrels or other bulk tap quantities.

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