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BROOKLYN PARK

Just north of Minneapolis, cultures collide in the suburban neighborhood of Brooklyn Park

Situated along the Mississippi River north of Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park strikes the perfect balance between small town and big city. With more than 77,000 residents, Brooklyn Park is the fourth largest city in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the sixth largest in the state by population, but its expansive neighborhoods give off more of suburban feel.

Easy access to downtown Minneapolis and other major cities via highway or bus gets commuters to and from work in record time. To make transportation even easier, an extension of the METRO Blue Line light rail system is set to run through the city in 2021. After a long day at work, Brooklyn Park residents enjoy settling into their homes and visiting with neighbors.

One of the greatest assets in the city are the plentiful housing options that fit every budget. With a range of income levels and types of residence, Brooklyn Park makes sure that all of its community members are settled comfortably. New residential developments in the area include Oxbow Cove by Pulte Homes, Parkside West and The Oaks by Lennar, as well as Doran Companies’ 610 West apartment and townhome complex.

DID YOU KNOW?
Minnesota celebrity, author, humorist and radio personality Garrison Keillor was raised in Brooklyn Park. Keillor is best known for his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, on Minnesota Public Radio.

THE NUMBERS:
Population: 75,781
Households: 26,229
Median household income: $62,974
Persons per household: 2.91
Median housing value range: $214,400

The true seller for this part of town is the mixing of cultures that takes place here. Over the past decade, the population of Brooklyn Park has changed rapidly. Growing African American, Asian and Hispanic groups have infused their cultures and cuisines into the city with superb ethnic restaurants and markets.

Find authentic Vietnamese and Thai cooking at Vietnam House Restaurant, MT Noodles, Thai Fusion and Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine. A chain of African marketplaces can be found along Brooklyn Boulevard with African Deli, Value Foods African Market and Mama Ti’s African Kitchen restaurant serving up traditional West African dishes and housemade ginger beer. For southern-inspired fare, stop at the Cajun Deli or Crazy Cajun, two locally-owned eateries that know how to cook up Creole-style seafood boils and po-boys. Hungry for classic diner food? Fat Nat’s Eggs, Wagner’s Drive-In, Fat Chance Sandwich Shop and Gramsky’s Sandwiches fix up hearty plates of American favorites.

Once one of the nation’s top potato growing regions, Brooklyn Park is now filled with local businesses and restaurants, but the city hasn’t forgotten its humble roots. Eidem Homestead, a ten-acre historical farm, takes visitors back in time to the turn of the 20th century. The restored Victorian house, barn and farm animals act as a portal back to simpler times with wringer washing machines and old-fashioned Norwegian traditions.

For more modern fun, the Brooklyn Park’s Community Activity Center features an indoor skating rink and racquetball and wallyball courts, while Brunswick Zone XL offers bowling, billiards and arcade games. The area is also home to dozens of parks and trails. Two golf courses, the nine-hole Brookland Golf Park and the 18-hole Edinburgh Golf Course, and two sports parks, Zane Sports Park and Noble Sports Park, provide ample ways for Brooklyn Park residents to stay active and enjoy the outdoors in their neighborhood.

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