The Recreation Department Has Gone Virtual!

Whether you’re at home or social distancing on one of Burnsville’s numerous trails we are here to bring fun your way! Staff are planning a variety of activities you can do from home or safely out in the community. 

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Special Events

Now - 
May 25

Burnsville AnyWay 5K
Let’s get moving, Burnsville! Run, walk, roll or stroll 3.1 miles whenever, wherever and however you choose (the full 5K must be completed in one session). Get outside and explore the Burnsville’s beautiful trails or log the miles in the comfort of your own home! Once you complete the 5K, submit a screenshot of your distance from a tracking app to claim your Burnsville AnyWay 5K t-shirt!

*Please remember to practice social distancing guidelines if you choose to run outside

Suggested free, easy-to-use apps for tracking your distance:

  • Nike Run Club
  • Runkeeper
  • Under Armour Map My Run
  • Running Distance Tracker Pro

Cost: $10 per participant
Registration & Run Completion Deadline: Monday, May 25  |  Register Now!
Photo Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1  |  Submit Your Photos and Claim Your Prize!

May 16

Drive-Thru for a Difference

Drive on over to meet some of Burnsville’s superheroes from the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments! Check out Police cars, Fire trucks, the Mobile Command Center, the Crime Scene Unit vehicle, a Snow Plow and more during this reverse-style parade. Get your photos taken with the Police and Fire mascots, Sparky & Starsky! Non-perishable food items will be collected and donated to ISD 191 to be distributed to Burnsville residents in need. You are also invited to dress up as your favorite superhero for Spirit Saturday!

*Participants will be required to remain in their vehicles throughout this event.

  • Date: Saturday, May 16
  • Time: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Location: Burnsville Ice Center parking lot (251 Civic Center Parkway)

Wednesday Play

April 15Virtual ParkFinder Contest

Get to know the Burnsville parks through our virtual ParkFinder web application! This GIS-based application allows you to view all 76 parks throughout Burnsville and find out what each park has to offer. Users can filter between specific activities they are looking for or certain amenities they are interested in.

Note: the ParkFinder application works best on computer or tablet but can be accessed on a phone as well.

There will be a prize drawing for a gift card to a local business. All you have to do to be submitted into the drawing is open up the ParkFinder, explore at least five different parks, then answer three simple questions:

1. Which three parks in Burnsville have a fishing dock?

2. What are the names of the three Summer hiking/natural trails at Alimagnet Park? Find out trail details by clicking on them!

3. Now that you are aware of this new tool, what is your favorite feature of the ParkFinder?

Submit your answers.

Contest ends on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. A winner will be chosen at random from correct submissions.

April 22Nature Bingo 
Heading outside with the kids? Check out our Burnsville Nature Bingo sheet to take along and see if you can get a BINGO while exploring our parks and trails!
April 29Rudy Kraemer Self-Guided Tour
Visit the Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve and take a self-guided tour around the trails. Make your way through some, or all, of the eight stops to learn about local nature. 
May 6Geocaching with Natural Resources

Get out and explore parts of the community you haven’t been to before! Geocaching is a fun, real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as your phone.

  • Download a geocaching app to your phone or other device. One popular option is
  • The app will have a map of geocaches hidden near you. Pick a park with a cache and head out. The City does not place or maintain caches.
  • When you are at the park, open the app and select a cache to navigate to.
  • Most apps provide a compass feature that will point continually point you in the right direction and tell you how far you need to go.
  • When you get within 10-15 feet, keep your eye out for the hidden cache. It can be a small or large container. The app will provide details on what size container you are looking for and sometimes have helpful hints on the location. Don’t give up right away!

Once you find the container, you can sign the logbook if you’d like and put it back where you found it.

To reduce your germ exposure, make sure to wear gloves if you open the cache and thoroughly wash your hands after you’re finished geocaching.

  • Caches are typically located close to trails. If you have to leave the trail to find a cache, be aware of your surroundings so you do not get lost. Make sure to do a tick check when you are done for the day.

Show your Spirit Saturday

April 18Jersey Day
Join the Recreation Department on Saturday by grabbing your favorite jersey out of the closet and show your team spirit all day! Whether it’s a Vikings, Twins, or any team you’re a fan of, we would love to see your spirit!  
April 25Hat Day
Join the Recreation Department on Saturday by wearing your favorite hat! Is it a baseball hat, sun hat, fedora or maybe you have a silly hat you love to wear.
May 2Burnsville Spirit Day
Show us your Burnsville spirit! Let’s see your Blaze clothes or dress in black & gold today. We want to see how much you love Burnsville.
May 9Silly Sock Day
Pull out your silliest socks today! Do they have stripes, polka dots, or another fun pattern? Maybe you’ll choose a mismatched pair!
May 16Superhero Day
May 23Beach Day
May 30Dress-up Day

Rockin’ Lunch Hour

Our popular summer mini-concerts are making their virtual debut this spring from noon to 12:30 p.m.! Watch each show on our Facebook page.

Thursday, April 23 - The Bazillions 

Thursday, April 30 - Bob the Beachcomber 

Thursday, May 7 - Kidsdance

Thursday, May 14- Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam