Special Events

The community of Savage offers a variety of options when it comes to keeping busy. The following links provide information on programs offered by the City of Savage and/or its partners.

Music in the Park

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Savage Recreation presents the Music in the Park series Wednesday evenings during the summer from 7 - 8 p.m. Performances are for audiences of all ages, and at times, feature acts specifically aimed at children. Music in the Park performances are held on the outdoor patio at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Community Park. Limited seating is available, lawn chairs are encouraged.

2015 Summer Schedule

Date Artist Genre
 June17    The Teddy Bear Band  Kids/Family
 June 24  Hanson & Hoyt   Easy Listening
 July 1  The Blue Drifters  Bluegrass
 July 8  The Splatter Sisters  Kids/Family
 July 15  The Eelpout Stringers  Old Time Traditional
 July 22  Stomp N'Dixie  Dixie/Ragtime
 July 29  Island Steel Drum Band  Island/Family
 August 5  Will Hale & The Tadpole Band  Kids/Family
 August 12      The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra  Fold/Rock/Bluegrass


Nature Fest

May 9, 2015  •  9 a.m. - Noon

Nature Fest is a celebration of the outdoors, in recognition of Arbor Day and Earth Day. This free event will be held at McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) and is open to all!

FREE tree seedlings for all individuals who donate a non-perishable food item for the local Reaching Our Communities’ Kids organization. Visit rockmn.org to learn more.

Activities include:

• Scavenger Bingo
• Build-a-Birdhouse Workshop with Boy Scouts Troop 226
• Canoeing on McColl Pond with Three Rivers Park District
• Honey Bees Presentation by University of Minnesota Bee Squad
• Carver-Scott Master Gardeners presentation
• Savage Art Council nature art display

Scheduled events:

• 9 - 9:45 a.m. - YOGA 4 U (Please bring your own yoga mat)
• 10 - 11 a.m. - Three Rivers Park District Raptors presentation
• 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. - Hiking through the woods 

Night to Unite

Night to Unite (NTU) is usually held on the first Tuesday in August, and is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate Support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminal letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, the City of Savage and its neighborhoods celebrate NTU with a variety of events and activities such as: block parties, cookouts, visits from the Savage Police Department, the Savage Fire Department, and local and state government officials, parades, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs. NTU has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer community. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NTU will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Yard Waste

Yard waste is accepted at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's (SMSC) Organics Recycling Facility, 1905 Canterbury Road, Shakopee. Residents of Savage, Prior Lake and Shakopee may use the site free of charge as follows:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday during the months of April, May, September and October

Employees from each of the cities benefitting from this service staff the site. Those visiting the facility outside of the designated times and dates will be charged a minimum fee of $10.

Items accepted at the site include leaves, grass clippings, brush and branches less than 8 inches in width. The facility turns the yard waste into compost.

(Please Note: Yard waste is not accepted at the Prior Lake Public Works Facility.)

Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 13-17

Are you ready for severe weather?  Each year, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.   

Two of the most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the annual statewide tornado drills when sirens across the state will sound off. These drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.  

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.

If you are interested in some ideas on how you, your family, business, or your community can participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, check out some ideas on this list


Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.

Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.

Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family's emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

Each day of the week will focus on a different topic:

Check each page link above for specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources.

Don't forget!  The state wide tornado drills are Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:45 P.M. and 6:55 P.M.

Local county sirens and all NOAA Weather Radios in Minnesota will sound with a simulated tornado warning for both afternoon and evening drills. This is a great opportunity to review emergency plans and procedures, and conduct emergency drills at work and at home.

Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness


Severe Weather Awareness

What to do during a tornado

At home

  • When at home during a tornado, remember to avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
  • If a basement is not available you should again, avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor into a small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should try to cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris and glass.
  • For mobile homes, remember to get out as quickly as possible! If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.

At work or school

  • If you are at work or in another building away from home go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building - away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could become trapped if the power is lost.
  • If at school, “Follow the drill!” Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

In a vehicle

  • Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.

Other locations

  • If you’re in a shopping mall, church or theatre move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.

Do not panic under any of the above circumstances. Stay aware of the weather conditions and plan accordingly.

Utility Billing

More info coming soon!


Friday, 20 March 2015 00:00

Get Update on Highway 13/150th Street Project March 31

A public meeting regarding the planned improvements to the Highway 13 and 150th Street intersection is scheduled for March 31. Citizens may review design plans, the project layout and the project schedule from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Church, 15033 Highway 13 South in Savage. Representatives from the cities of Savage and Prior Lake, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the project consultant will be available to answer questions and receive feedback.

Construction is anticipated to begin in July, with project completion in August 2016.

Those with questions or concerns who are unable to attend the public meeting may contact City of Savage Engineer John Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 952-882-2672. Information about the project may be found at sehinc.com/online/13-150.

2015 Road Restrictions

Weight limits are now in effect for certain city and county roads. The restrictions do not apply to garbage trucks, emergency vehicles and utility service vehicles.

Restrictions are as follows:

10 Ton (not posted)  
All Savage residential streets  Unless otherwise posted
 5 Ton  
Edgewater Drive 50' East of Valley View Drive
Edgewater Drive 200' East of Yosemite Ave.
Yosemite Ave. From Edgewater Drive to the South end
Jersey Ave. From 155th St. to the West end
Kentucky Court From Jersey Ave. to the North end
145th St. 200' West of Sumter Ave to Virginia Ave.
Virginia Ave. 145th St. to South end
Dan Patch Court From Dan Patch Drive to the South end
7 Ton  
Glendale Road County Road 42 to County Road 16
Lynne Ave. Highway 13 to County Road 16
Murphy Lake Road Old County Road 75
10 Ton (not posted)  
Quentin Ave. Highway 13 to County Road 16
  (with limited access due to bridge underpass, max height 10.5')
7 Ton: County Road  
County Road 16 County Road 27 to Burnsville line
10 Ton: County Road (not posted)  
County Road 27 County Road
County Road 42 County Road


No overweight permits will be given. Questions about these weight restrictions in the City of Savage may be directed to the Public Works Department at 952-224-3400.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Construction scheduled for Highway 169 lane addition

Construction to reduce congestion and create a third southbound lane between County Road 21 and County State Aid Highway 83 in Shakopee is expected to begin in April. The project, which is anticipated to be completed in August, is being led and funded entirely by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).

As part of the project, the southbound Highway 169 shoulder will be reconstructed to add an additional driving lane prior to the County Highway 83 exit. To minimize disruption, both existing lanes and the exit ramp will be open to traffic during this project.

When complete, this one-mile stretch of road will contain a new driving lane with a 10-foot shoulder all the way to the County Road 83 exit ramp. Currently, southbound 169 drops from three lanes to two lanes one mile before the heavily used County Road 83 exit. The new road will carry three lanes all the way to the exit ramp. The additional lane will make it easier and safer for residents, workers and visitors to access the region south of the Minnesota River.

The $1.5 million project is the latest of the SMSC's contributions to local infrastructure in Shakopee and Prior Lake. Since 2010 alone, the SMSC has given nearly $2.5 million for Scott County infrastructure improvements and to Scott County-based organizations.

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

Rec Corner

Spring/Summer Registration | The 2015 Discover Savage Spring/Summer Parks and Recreation Brochure has been mailed to all addresses in Savage! Registration for programs will begin March 3 for residents and March 5 for non-residents.

Winter Extravaganza | 1 to 3 p.m., February 28, at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center. A fun day of frosty festivities awaits. Join family and friends for an afternoon of snowshoeing, ice skating, campfires and crafts. S'mores and hot cocoa will be served. Free.

Adult Softball and Kickball Registration | Grab your team and sign up for Savage's Adult Sports Leagues. Returning softball team registration began February 16, and registration for new teams begins on March 2. Kickball registration for returning teams begins March 16, with new team registration beginning on March 23. Many nights of play are offered. Leagues will begin the end of April. More information and registration materials

Come play at the Savage Sports Center | Get out of the cold and into the warmth of the Sports Center. The Sports Center is available for walking, jogging and open turf play. During open turf time, patrons can hit golf balls; or play soccer, baseball, football, bocce ball, ladder golf and ultimate Frisbee. Some equipment is available for use. Complete details and hours

Facility Rental | Seeking the perfect venue to hold your next gathering? Look no farther than the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center. With many rental options and amenities to choose from, the ELC is an ideal location for graduations, birthday celebrations, family reunions and more! Call 952-224-3420 today for details.

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

Changes will affect utility bill payments, questions

Effective in April, the City of Savage will provide utility billing services to all residential and business customers. Utility billing services have been provided by an outside company via contract since 2003. The change will help improve customer service without additional cost to taxpayers. While the City aims for a seamless transition, customers will need to update the address to which their payment is sent after April 6. This affects mailed payments, auto-payments, and web payments. Questions about utility bills will be handled by City Hall staff after April 20. Additional information will be provided in the next issue of the City Connection.

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