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Bush Lake Beach

Don’t leave town to enjoy the summer weather. Embrace lake life right here in Bloomington at Bush Lake. You can have a picnic lunch, build a sandcastle with the kids, practice your backstroke or just relax and soak up the sun right in your own backyard at beautiful Bush Lake Beach, 9140 East Bush Lake Road. A daily pass or seasonal parking permit is required for entrance to East Bush Lake Park, June 1 – August 31. East Bush Lake Park is staffed June 9 – August 19, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., daily with lifeguards on duty beginning at 11 a.m. Season parking permits for Bush Lake are now available for purchase. Cost is $39 for the season (June through August) or $7.75 daily.

Check out the Aquatic Center

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center, 201 90th Street E., has a zero-depth entry pool, interactive play areas, water slides, diving boards, and a renovated bathhouse and concession stand. New this year tot swim and lap swim are on Monday – Friday at 10 a.m. The pool is open June 9 – August 19 and weekends through Labor Day from 12 – 8 p.m., on weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays.

Make a splash and get fit

Test the waters in a low-impact workout class at the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center this summer on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. This class combines cardio and strength moves for a workout that fits your skill level. All are welcome. Sign up online at or at the Parks and Recreation office at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.

Step to It challenge

The Step to It Challenge, a four-week, friendly competition beginning May 1, is a great way to get moving. Track your daily activities online for a chance to win prizes and be honored at a Minnesota Twins home game during the 2018 season. For more information, visit

Celebrate the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment

The City and Three Rivers Parks District will host an event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. It is one of eight events that will be held across Minnesota this year to engage and inspire people to get involved with their parks and trails, and to learn about the opportunities the Legacy Amendment offers. Join us to celebrate on Friday, May 11, 5 – 8 p.m., at Normandale Lake Park and Hyland Hills Ski area for family-friendly activities and ¡Unitos Fest!, a celebration of Latin American food and music, at Normandale Lake Bandshell.Additional information is available on the City’s website, key words: Legacy Celebration.

Adaptive softball

Competitive and recreational adaptive softball leagues for adults 19 and older and youth ages 10 – 18 begin Monday, June 18. Adult leagues play Tuesdays June 19 – August 7 and youth leagues play Mondays, June 18 – August 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at Tarnhill Park, 9650 Little Road. Cost to play is $67 and includes a team shirt and photo. For more information, visit