Park Bench and Tree Dedication Program

Donating a park bench or planting a tree is a lasting way to honor the memory of a loved one. The City of Savage can assist citizens with this meaningful gesture through its Park Bench and Tree Dedication Program.

In addition to publicly honoring a friend or family member who has died, a bench or a tree can enhance the City’s park system and help beautify the community.

How to Get Started

To dedicate a tree or bench for a City park, contact the City of Savage Public Works Department by calling 952-224-3402 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An order form also may be submitted to initiate the process.

City of Savage staff can assist in making the dedication as special as possible by helping to:

• select a location
• determine the appropriate tree species, if applicable
• ordering dedication plaque
• scheduling the bench’s installation or tree’s planting 


The City of Savage typically plants trees that are 2- to 3-inches in diameter. Available species include Crabapple, Hackberry, Hawthorn, Linden, Maple, Oak, and Kentucky Coffee Tree.

Benches are metal coated, 6 feet in length and attached to a concrete pad. 


Each tree and bench vary. Staff will work with you to determine the proper selection for your budget. A small dedication plaque, engraved with your message, will be placed next to the tree or mounted on the bench as appropriate.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00
City tree sale moves to every other year

City tree sale moves to every other year

After several consecutive years, the City of Savage has opted to move its tree sale to a less frequent schedule. The sale will be held every other year from now on, which means there will be no City tree sale this year.

The decision to depart from an annual schedule was a result of the event's success in prior years. The sale, which offered a variety of species at wholesale prices, was successful in meeting its aim to add more trees to the community's landscape. As such, residents don't need the trees like they used to.

"As more trees were planted in more yards, demand and participation in the sale declined," said Parks Supt. Jon Allen. "Moving to an alternate year schedule will allow the City to continue to offer trees to those who need them, but in a more efficient way."

The tree sale traditionally was held the last Saturday in April at the Public Works Facility.

Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Flushing of hydrants, water mains to start May 4

Twice a year, the City of Savage flushes the community's water system to ensure it continues to function properly. The City encourages home owners to do the same for the pipes serving their property.

Members of the Utility Services Division will flush water mains and fire hydrants for approximately 3 weeks, starting Monday, May 4. The process removes sediment and stagnant water that has collected in the pipes. Discolored water may result, in isolated instances. It is not harmful to humans or animals; however, it may cause spots on clothes. Residents should check the water before doing laundry, and use a product like Rust-Go or Iron-Out if spots do occur.

To flush out the water system serving your home, follow these steps:

  1. Bypass the water softener, if the home has one.
  2. Open all cold water faucets, both inside and outside of the home.
  3. Fill the washing machine and flush the toilets.
  4. Let the water run until it clears. This should take about 5 to 15 minutes. The cost of the water used during this time is less than 75 cents.
  5. Turn off all faucets, empty the washing machine and put the water softener back into service.

The velocity of the water through the lines will scour off deposits that may have accumulated. The City advises residents to also drain and flush the water heater at this time. These two procedures are valuable maintenance items that should be done at least twice per year.

Please call Utility Services at 952-224-3440 with questions about flushing your home's water lines or any other matters.

Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Annual spring maintenance tasks underway

The City of Savage Public Works Department has begun several spring street maintenance tasks.

Pot hole patching is underway and will continue through April. To report a pot hole, please call the Public Works Department at 952-224-3402.

Street sweeping operations began March 30 and also are expected to wrap up by the end of the month. All surfaced City streets, parking lots, medians and City maintained sidewalks are swept in the spring of the year and again in the fall (typically at the end of September). Spot sweeping occurs during the summer months as needed after a rain, an accident that has resulted in debris on the road, or at the request of a resident.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

City Council honors volunteers for work in 2014

The Savage City Council recognized more than 40 individuals and groups April 6 for contributing their time and skills in 2014. The Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, an annual event held at the beginning Prior Lake Girls Hockey at O'Connell Park
of a City Council meeting, provides the Council to personally thank those who have volunteered to improve the City's parks, cleaned up the community, tended to city gardens, provided support to Savage Police Department initiatives or assisted in another way. Those honored April 6 include the following: 

  • Morgan Sanchez, Girl Scout Troop 21589, for installing a Purple Martin birdhouse and interpretive signage at the McColl Pond ELC.
  • St. John’s Summer Stretch Program, for performing a variety of maintenance tasks at City parks every Wednesday in July
  • Alex VanCampenhout, Boy Scout Troop #336, whose Eagle Scout project was to build “cubbies” to hold donated ice skates available for free use at the City's warming houses.'
  • St. John’s “mini-mission group”, for painting the entire hockey rink at Woodhill Park. Participants included Kassie Rients, Carrie Cleary, Alex Nunne, Tom Williams, Kelly Keenan, Amanda Pfeiffer, Samantha Shadick and Clare Cade
  • NatureFest volunteers, who helped children make their own kites during this celebration of the ELC’s 5th birthday. Volunteers included Kendal McCaustlin, Paige Wohlers, Alexis Wohlers, Mohamed Duale, Hamsa Duale, Hassan Duale, Marissa Johnson, Clarissa Williams, Kayla Williams and RaeAnn Skarhus
  • The Prior Lake High School Girls Hockey Team, for painting entire hockey rink at O’Connell Park. 
  • Jake VanCampenhout, Boy Scout Troop #336, whose Eagle Scout Project was to construct an observation deck overlooking the Credit River at Hidden Valley Park. 
  • Boy Scout Troop 226 and leader Theresa Stieg, for assisting with Savage Recreation’s Secret Holiday Shop by helping young shoppers purchase and wrap items for family members. 
  • Brett Staniforth, Boy Scout Troop 336, who constructed and installed 8 bat houses at Warren Butler Park.
  • Samantha Ologson, Miranda Chard and their Target coworkers for painting dug-outs and a maintenance shed at Community Park.
  • Ashley Adamek and her SunSource coworkers for picking up litter throughout Eagle Creek Business Park.
  • Austin Kraft for providing gardening services at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center.
  • Boy Scout Troop 226 for assisting with Savage Recreation’s Secret Holiday Shop by helping young shoppers purchase and wrap items for family members.
  • Helen Wann, for maintaining city landscapes that have not been adopted, including those at City Hall, Savage Library, Vernon Avenue monuments, and the gardens at Public Works.
  • Maren Christopher, a Carver-Scott Master Gardener, who is the executive producer of the ongoing “Master your Garden” television series on Savage Community TV
  • Volunteers in Policing Services (VIPS) for assisting the Savage Police Department with special events and initiatives. The 2014 VIPS included David DeRee, James Kline, Renee Seltz, Miranda Holtan, Paul Espey, Andrew Gosen, Elizabeth Zech, Chris O'Donnell, Jennifer Wells and Jamie Wenda-Campbell.

 If you or your group would like to volunteer your time to the City of Savage, contact Parks Supt. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 952-224-3441 for available opportunities.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:00
Funds available to repair damage from 2014 rains

Funds available to repair damage from 2014 rains

The Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is set to receive disaster recovery assistance funding from the state. These funds will be used to assist landowners in repairing significant erosion caused by torrential rains last year.

In June 2014, Scott County experienced record rainfall and flood damage, which created gullies in farm fields, washed out culverts under driveways and roads, and tore up banks of nearby streams.

Funding is only available to repair erosion, such as gullies, landslides, streambanks and culvert washouts. Funds cannot be used for damage to personal property, such as water damage from a flooded basement or garage.

If you're a landowner in Scott County who experienced significant damage from the June 2014 rains, you are encouraged to contact the Scott SWCD in Jordan, 952-492-5425.

Please note: Funding is limited, and not everyone will qualify for this funding. An application is required.

Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

Savage Regulated Substances

 No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. However, some contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were below legal limits. The table that follows shows the contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year. 


Contaminant (units)      MCLG       MCL        

Level Found: 
Range (2014)

Level Found:
   Typical Source of Contaminant
Alpha Emitters (pCi/l)
 0  15.4      N/A 6.5    Erosion of natural deposits.
Barium (ppm) 2 2 .0216-.39 .39     Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from
   metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits.
Combined Radium (pCi/l)                  
0 5.4  N/A 3.7    Erosion of natural desposits.
Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 .95-1.1 1.08    State of Minnesota requires all municipal water
   systems to add fluoride to the drinking water to
   promote strong teeth; Erosion of natural
   deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb) 0 60 5.3-6.7 6.7    By-product of drinking water disinfection.
Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm) 10.4 10.4 nd-.43 .43    Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic
   tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.
TTHM (Total trihalomethanes) 0 80 18.5-25.2 25.2    By-product of drinking water disinfection.
Total Coliform Bacteria 0 present      **1 present  N/A 1    Naturally present in the environment.


* This is the value used to determine compliance with federal standards. It sometimes is the highest value detected and sometimes is an average of all the detected values. If it is an average, it may contain sampling results from the previous year. 

** Follow-up sampling showed no contamination present.


If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City of Savage is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline

Monitoring may have been done for additional contaminants that do not have MCLs established for them and are not required to be monitored under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Results may be available by calling 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 during normal business hours.

Monitoring for unregulated contaminants as required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules (40 CFR 141.40) was conducted in 2014. Results of the unregulated contaminant monitoring are available upon request from Cindy Swanson, Minnesota Department of Health, at 651-201-4656.





Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:00

Rec Corner

Nature Fest | 9 a.m. to noon, May 9 at the McColl Pond ELC. This free, family friendly event will offer yoga on the pond, canoeing, and birdhouse building. Tree seedlings will be given to anyone who donates a non-perishable food item to benefit the Reaching Our Community Kids (R.O.C.K.) food shelf. Learn more

Summer Registration | Registration for summer programs is now open. View offerings online and sign up, or consult the Discover Savage Spring/Summer Parks and Recreation Brochure mailed to all homes last month.

Adopt-A-Garden | The City of Savage Parks and Recreation Department has a number of flower beds and landscape areas that require maintenance in the summer. If you, your family or your organization would like to adopt a garden for the season, please contact Jon Allen at 952-224-3400. Duties include planting annuals, weeding and watering.

Adult Leagues | Signups for adult athletic leagues are now underway. Registration deadlines are in April for SORR Bocce and Co-Rec Kickball leagues, Sand Volleyball, and Pickle Ball. Learn more

Picnic Shelters | Several parks throughout the city have picnic shelters that may be reserved for group events. The shelters are great options for family reunions, birthday parties, and graduation celebrations. Call Parks and Recreation at 952-224-3420 for more information.

Indoor Walking | Free indoor walking is available at the Savage Sports Center from November through April. Hours are 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:00


The dome structure of the Savage Sports Center will be removed in early May. The center will remain operational throughout April. Call 952-224-3421 to reserve a field or to schedule space for next fall.

The Public Works and Parks and Recreation divisions are advertising for full- and part-time seasonal job openings this summer. Watch the City's website or call 952-224-3400 for information.

Pot hole patching and street sweeping are being conducted as weather permits and will continue through April. To report a pot hole, please call the Public Works Department at 952-224-3400.

Statewide tornado drills will be held April 16 in observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 12-18. Learn more for weather safety tips.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:00
Recycling Day set for Saturday, May 2

Recycling Day set for Saturday, May 2

Savage's annual Community Recycling Day will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 2 at Savage Community Park. The City-sponsored event provides residents an opportunity to discard unwanted appliances, electronics, furniture, yard waste and other items for a reasonable fee. The City contracts with local garbage and recycling companies to collect the items and ensure they are disposed of in a manner that is appropriate for the environment.

Those who have items that are too good to throw away may opt to donate them to a family that is transitioning from homelessness to an apartment or a house. Members of the Savage Rotary will be onsite to accept usable furniture and other items on behalf of Bridging, Inc. Bridging is a non-profit organization that benefits individuals and families in need.

Savage Community Park is located at 13500 Dakota Ave. S., north of County Road 42 and along the west side of County Road 27.

Learn more about Community Recycling Day.

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