News Type Edit block Bloomington Briefing Published monthly, the award-winning Bloomington Briefing is mailed to all single-family households and businesses. Select a briefing Ranked choice voting begins this fall New tobacco ordinance for Bloomington At your service: Budget Manager Kari Carlson Bloomington has a big year for new development Council considering sick and safe leave ordinance City welcomes new ice garden manager Hayden Grove provides options for seniors Earth action heroes: Community gardeners Dave and Marceil Shaughnessy Community garden plots offered Only rain down the storm drain Keep away from algae Stopping sewer system slayers Permits required for driveway work New Fire Station 4 planning underway Bloomington Aquatic Center open for fun Arts in the Parks date changes Become a lifeguard Project P.L.A.Y. receives award of excellence Sign up for a fall sports league Enjoy open skating at BIG Farmers Market offers food and fun Call for Parks, Arts and Recreation award nominations Notable neighbor: Buddy Rocketman Michaelson New artboxes coming to South Loop Bloomington yesterday: Hotel Sofitel See botanical art exhibit Check out the Bloomington Leadership Program Keep goldfish out of waterbodies Carp study and harvest at Normandale Lake Natural resource restoration underway in river valley Interested in homeownership? Hello Older adult home and health assistance available Learn to lead in the Bloomington Leadership Program Save your vaccine card Preparing for your vaccine Learn how to create videos in Teen Video Boot Camp Kids’ fishing fair is the reel deal Artistry planning to resume live programming Mike Perron named officer of the year Conversion therapy ordinance adopted Giving tribute to LGBTQ+ pride Park System Master Plan slated for approval Experience Urban Abstract exhibit Bloomington yesterday: Met Center sign Tour South Loop art with free app Artist spotlight: Christopher E. Harrison Swimming safely and socially distant at BFAC Attend summer skate school Lifeguard opportunities available Make waves with your workout at BFAC Tennis anyone? Sign up for City leagues At your service: Jason Raabe Bloomington Police debut data dashboard Recognizing and remembering police How to protect yourself from carjacking Prescribed burns taking place Notable Neighbors: Mary and Mark Schwartz Ensuring equal access to City services Submit veteran photos Pedestrian safety tips COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor recreation Celebrating Pride month in June Curbside organics Yard waste services Ecosystem enhancement projects planned for summer Removing ash trees with Emerald Ash Borer Earth action hero: John Jaimez City partners on business survey City welcomes new community development director Ranked choice voting takes effect in the 2021 election Park System Master Plan framework underway Join a City commission or board Let’s Talk Bloomington: Online engagement Maintaining City streets Mayor’s memo: Get your vaccine Gateway Development District progress Saturday, May 1: Curbside Cleanup for homes from Portland Ave to east City Boundary Saturday, April 24: Curbside Cleanup for homes from Penn Ave to Portland Ave Saturday, April 17: Curbside Cleanup for homes from France Ave to Penn Ave Saturday, April 10: Curbside Cleanup for homes from Normandale Blvd to France Ave Enjoy Bloomington parks Consider pool and fence requirements Notable neighbor: Imam Mohamed Omar Have safe recreational fires Recognizing 911 dispatchers Crime prevention coordinator receives award for excellence Hyland Greens changes Continental Ballet classes offered 2021 Bloomington summer experience Don’t use fertilizer with phosphorus New yard waste bag limits and FAQ Going from turf grass to meadow lawns Help Bloomington celebrate Earth Day Earth action heroes: Goats gobble up buckthorn Spring opening at Dwan Golf Course Bob Carr retiring from BIG Recognizing Bloomington Public Health staff Let’s Talk Bloomington The making of a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week Mayor’s memo: Get out and volunteer Bloomington Planning for the future of Bloomington parks Enjoy new and updated trail areas Saturday, April 3: Curbside Cleanup for homes West of Normandale Blvd We want to hear from you When to wear a mask outdoors Bloomington Chorale’s looking forward Park System Master Plan reviewed Artistry presents Unfurled art exhibit City considering curbside organics Clean up pet waste Prevent spring flooding around your home A snowy scene Parks and Rec program sign-up opens April City awards grants to local nonprofits Council invests in neighborhoods At your service: Danielle Birkhofer Portland Avenue Legacy project update Property valuation notices on the way Development in South Loop for seniors Motor Vehicle service options nearby Save the date: 2021 State of the City Mayor’s memo: Homelessness in Bloomington Curbing COVID-19 fatigue Why it is important to get vaccinated COVID-19 vaccinations underway at the City Bloomington yesterday: Turning a page of history Bloomington pioneers and changemakers Loaves and Fishes has a new location Free tax prep help Calling all seniors 55 and up! What to do during a traffic stop Bloomington yesterday COVID-19 dashboard improved How to care for cloth face masks Stay vigilant to curb COVID-19 in the community Remembering friends and family lost to COVID-19 Vaccine for COVID-19 coming to Bloomington Plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day Grants available for eco-friendly garden and landscape projects Virtual home energy visits available Organics recycling at City facilities How organics recycling becomes compost Keep storm drains free of ice and snow Earth action hero: Clara von Dohlen Save the date: 2021 State of the City Chief Potts retires Traffic projects finishing at I-35W and 106th Street Rental assistance during COVID-19 Creekside set to reopen in 2021 Creative Sparks applications due in March Survey uncovers pandemic’s fallout on Bloomington businesses Mayor’s memo: Taking stock of last year Changes coming to Curbside Cleanup in 2022 Birding in winter in Bloomington Take a hike and find some fun Register for summer softball Fit for winter: Tips for exercising Parks and Rec summer information coming New trail promotes accessibility Bloomington yesterday: Dome whirl by the sledding hill Importance of exercise Tools of the trade: Mini-pumper Police deliver Thanksgiving meals Bloomington Police team up with Meals on Wheels At your service: Marie Sharah Energy assistance programs available How to recycle your tree Sustainability progress made in 2020 Snowplowing service rankings increase Earth action hero: Sustainability Commissioner Deanna White City Council changes meeting start time CBAC wraps up its work Volunteer group aims to create local tribute to veterans How were CARES funds used in Bloomington? COVID-19: How big is your social bubble? Ranked choice voting passed: Now what? Mayor’s memo: Taking stock of our annual survey results Walk in Bloomington’s natural beauty this winter City Council approves 2021 budget Snow emergency survival guide Book a park shelter Pickleball courts naming at Westwood Park Parks planning for outdoor rink changes Temporary boardwalk trail added at Hyland Park Reserve Joe Rath wins Parks and Recreation award Omar Bonderud Human Rights Award winners named Recent college grad helps students Enter ARTBOX contest City closes facilities due to COVID-19 Bush Lake well to be sealed How things work: Inspecting underground stormwater storage Notable neighbor: Ayan Abukar How to recognize a scam at your home At your service: Steve Gurney Extra recycling around the holidays Recycle your tree 2020 Holiday garbage and recycling schedule Holiday recycling tips COVID-19 in Bloomington The flu and COVID-19 City hires new HRA Administrator Council considers budget options presented by Community Budget Advisory Committee Zoning changes encourage home development Voters decide on ranked choice voting and garbage and recycling collection Mayor’s memo Residents give City good grades in annual poll October snowfall nearly sets record Up to code: Keeping Bloomington at its best Learn skating at BIG Winter Skate School Park System Master Plan: New opportunity to provide input digitally Virtual programs available for seniors Dwan Golf Course season a success Visiting the Gideon and Agnes Pond House Bloomington yesterday: Gideon and Agnes Pond House fireside Police debut awareness stickers Snow plowing season approaching How to keep holiday foods safe Bloomington native leads Minnesota’s COVID-19 response At your service: Ann Sattler Battle buckthorn Energy-efficiency upgrades completed Bloomington water upholds standards Holiday garbage and recycling changes Earth action hero: Helping bees in Bloomington Join a commission Passport services reopened Senior housing developments coming What you need to know about the vote on organized solid waste collection How to watch City Council meetings Digital engagement: Let’s talk Bloomington Mayor’s memo Council to vote on final levy in December Rusty patched bumble bees in Bloomington Enjoy two art exhibits Bloomington destinations: Sculptures to see Take Continental Ballet courses online Park System Master Plan update Project P.L.A.Y.’s lasting benefits Outdoor Farmers Market season ending Drive-in for a family fun Halloween event National Night Out canceled for 2020 Respect rules of the road At your service: Greg Chapman How to help street sweepers Notable neighbor: Dr. Hazel Claiborn Meet a Bloomington firefighter Battle buckthorn How to dispose of ash tree waste Keep goldfish out of lakes Only rain down the drain Earth Day turns 50 Sustainability, racial equity training in progress Earth action hero: Picking up litter adds to the walk Bloomington COVID-19 statistics Books on race in a little library near you Around the Airport project nearly complete Dred Scott Playfield wheelhouse improvements complete Bloomington yesterday Community Budget Advisory Committee: Reviewing services and delivering budget options Mayor’s memo Ballot questions cover garbage and voting You can click on the Bloomington Briefing link to get a list of all items. Contact Information Contact Information Parks and Recreation Department 952-563-8877 Email staff Share This Article Title Parks and Rec program sign-up opens April Authored on Bloomington Briefing March 1, 2021 Widgets Summer Parks and Recreation program registration begins April 12 and 13. Look for a feature story with details in April. Visit blm.mn/parksrec for more information.