Boundaries: North: Maple Grove; East: Highway 169; South: Ridgemont Avenue, Luce Line Hiking and Biking Trail; West: Ferndale Road/Brockton Lane; area: 36 square miles
Plymouth, 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis, maintained its rural character well into the 1970s, much longer than most Twin Cities suburbs, though today agriculture is a thing of the past. With a diverse economic base and a population of over 62,000, Plymouth supplies the Twin Cities with more than 48,000 jobs. lnterstate-494, highways 169 and 55, and county roads 6 and 9 run through the city, making it attractive to corporations. Major industries include manufacturing and distributing, printing, telecommunications and computer-related industries. Major shopping is minutes away at Ridgedale. Plymouth's stated goal is to provide its residents with a strong economic base, preserve the natural environment, and foster respect for individuals. Resources have been committed to preserving open space, and the city now has 70 miles of trails and about 40 parks, ranging from small neighborhood playgrounds to the large community playing fields by Parker's Lake. Year-round recreation programs for all ages have something for everyone, from ballroom dance to community garden plots to rock climbing. The Plymouth Life Time Recreation Center, 763-509- 0909, includes an ice arena, pool complex, and fitness center. Plymouth Creek Center, 763-509-5280, on 34th Avenue between Plymouth Boulevard and Fembrook Lane, has an inflatable dome field house, a walking-jogging track, and a ballroom.
The city works hard to make this a supportive environment for all ages. McGruff Trucks, driven by public works and park maintenance workers, offer safe havens for children who find themselves in need of assistance. The police department sells bike helmets at cost and the fire department sends their fire engines into the parks to do safety education. For seniors, Plymouth Towne Square has 97 units with subsidized rent for low-income residents. For first time home buyers, Plymouth participates in programs offered by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, 763-509-5413.
Plymouth has been involved in a planned development process since 1973, which has created pockets of industrial/commercial development along main roads, and a wide range of available housing, both owneroccupied and rental. The neighborhoods of Alterra and Pintall off Vicksburg Lane are townhome areas; Fox Run between Vicksburg and Dunkirk contains recently built, two-story wood and brick, single-family houses with triple garages. Older neighborhoods contain a mix of ramblers, bungalows, 1970s split-levels, and two-story houses with double garages-these on more rolling and wooded lots than new developments. Many of the new neighborhoods look like gated communitieswithout the gate.
The city's newsletter, The Plymouth News, and the "City Recreation Booklet" are mailed to all residents and businesses, keeping them informed of upcoming events and elections. Cable Channel 37 broadcasts city announcements and provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of city council and Planning Commission meetings. Cable 12 News also covers local government. Local cable service is being upgraded in order to provide more channel choices, better reception and two-way high-speed internet access and digital telephone service.
People like to live in Plymouth. It's safe. It has many resources for families, and most day to day necessities and services are available only a few minutes' drive away. It seems surprising, then, that it does not have is its own schools. Instead, it is served by four highly-regarded school districts: Wayzata #284, Robbinsdale #281, Osseo #279, and Hopkins #270 (see Child Care and Schools). Web Site: www.ci.plymouth.mn.us
Area Code: 763
Zip Codes: 55446, 5544 7
Post Office: 3300 Plymouth Boulevard, 800-275-8777
City Hall: 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, 763-509-5000
Pollce/Flre non-emergency: Plymouth Public Safety Bldg., 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, 763-509-5000
Hospital: North Memorial, 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, 763-520- 5200, www.northmemorial.com
Library: 15700 36th Avenue North, 763-551-6000
Schools: Wayzata #284, 952-745-5000; Robbinsdale #281, 763-504- 8000; Osseo #279, 763-391-7000; Hopkins #270, 952-988-4000
Community Publlcatlon: Plymouth News
Bus Transportation: Dial-A-Ride is a shared, curb-to-curb transit service operated for Plymouth residents and visitors on a will-call basis. Transportation is provided throughout the Plymouth area and to Ridgedale Shopping Center, the Golden Valley Center, New Hope K-Mart and the Wayzata Bay Center. Connections can be made to downtown Minneapolis and other metro locations at Ridgedale. Rides can be reserved between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, call
763-559-5057. Give the day, time, and place you need to go. Standing orders can also be registered for repetitive trips. The cost is$2 for each one-way ride, or Sl .50 if the ride is reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Dial-A-Ride's operating hours are Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If it is necessary to cancel a ride, call 763-509-5519 as soon as possible to free the service for another passenger. For information on connecting with other Metro Transit services, call 612-373-3333.
Express Route 75: Downtown Minneapolis, Louisiana Avenue Transit Center, 1-394 and County Road 73 Park &: Ride, Ridgedale, Long Lake, Mound; Route 91AB: Plymouth Road Transit Center, Dunkirk Land, Vicksburg Lane, Xenium Lane; Minneapolis Express Route 672: Downtown Minneapolis, Plymouth Road Transit Center, Carlson Towers, Wayzata Transit Center; Minneapolis Express Route 674: Downtown Minneapolis, Wayzata, Long Lake, Orono; Minneapolis Express Route 71: Downtown Minneapolis , Plymouth Road Transit Center, Minnetonka, Deephaven, Excelsior
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