Thousands gather for Night to Unite

Neighborhoods across the city made Savage's 2014 Night to Unite celebration a huge success on August 5.

A total of 65 neighborhoods registered their gatherings with the Savage Police Department, involving more than 4,500 residents of all ages. Two dozen of the neighborhoods were first-time participants. Registered gatherings were visited by representatives of the Savage Police Department, Savage Fire Department, City staff, City Council, Scott County, Allina Ambulance, and State Patrol.

Night to Unite is held with the intent to make neighborhoods safer. Studies show that crime rates are lower in areas where neighbors know one another because they are more apt to be able to identify suspicious activity.

Next year's Night to Unite is slated for Tuesday, August 4.

Pre-register now for snowmobile safety classes

Youth ages 11 and up who are planning to take the Department of Natural Resources' snowmobile safety class in Savage this fall are advised to pre-register now to ensure availability. Pre-registration can be completed by contacting Tom Wills at 612-716-6588 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The classroom course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. at the O'Connell Fire Station, 14321 O'Connell Road, on Thursday, November 20. The course will include a review of priority safety information and must be followed up with a driving test on Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 11 a.m.

To prepare for the classroom course, students are required to obtain and view the DNR's Snowmobile Safety Training CD under the guidance of a parent or guardian. Youth can view the interactive CD at their own pace, which could take between 2 and 4 hours to complete. The CD can be obtained by calling 651-296-6157, ext. 4; or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fall recreation catalogs delivered by mail

Those looking for ways to keep busy this fall can find options in the Discover Savage activity catalog. Savage Recreation mailed the catalog to all homes and businesses in Savage last month. Available programs range from classes and camps for youth to clubs and leagues for active older adults.

For the past several years, the Recreation Division only provided program listings online to avoid design, printing and mailing costs. While this reduced expenses, it also reduced program registrations.


Discounted ELC rentals offered to businesses

Businesses planning a group meeting or celebration can find the perfect setting and a great deal right here in Savage. For a limited time, businesses will receive a 25 percent discount when they reserve the McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center (ELC) for their November, December or January gathering. The discount applies only to business-related events held Sunday through Thursday.

The regular rates are:

  • $50 + tax per hour for businesses in SavageĀ 
  • $85 + tax per hour for businesses not located in Savage

The discount would be applied to the total charge based on the number of hours reserved. Non-profit businesses are not eligible for this discount, as they already receive reduced rental fees.

The McColl Pond Environmental Learning and Event Center is located in scenic Community Park. With walls of windows overlooking natural prairies, water and wooded areas, the ELC can accommodate up to 100 guests. A catering kitchen and state-of-the-art video/audio system are among the amenities included with each rental. For more information, contact City of Savage Recreation at 952-224-3420.

Savage Fire retirees return to station to share department history

A plight to preserve history recently brought generations of firefighters together in Savage's newest fire station to share a meal and stories of the past.

A total of 17 attended the inaugural retiree dinner at the Dakota Avenue fire station in late July. Active members purchased, prepared and served the food, then dined alongside the retirees. Throughout the evening, the former SFD members reminisced while active firefighters listened and took notes.


Study find recreation facilities a strong base for enhanced programming

When it comes to delivering recreational services, a recent study found the City of Savage is performing well given available resources and current demographics. Modifications will be necessary, however, to ensure service levels meet community members' expectations into the future.


Residents invited to "Coffee with the Mayor"

Those interested in meeting the mayor of Savage can join her for coffee on Saturday, September 20. Mayor Janet Williams will be at Dunn Bros Coffee from 10 a.m. to noon to visit with citizens who stop by during that timeframe.

"Coffee with the Mayor" is a new opportunity for citizens to talk with Williams in a casual setting. More "coffees" are anticipated this fall, with dates, times and locations to be published in the City Connection newsletter and online at

Dunn Bros. Coffee is located in O'Connell Square, at 5801 County Road 42 W., Savage.

Chickens permitted within city limits

Residents who wish to keep chickens on their property may now do so, as long as certain provisions are met. The City Council passed an amendment to the City's farm animal ordinance in July after receiving a number of inquiries from citizens. The cities of Burnsville and Shakopee currently allow chickens in their communities.