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Summer sure can be fleeting, so we’re spending these waning weeks soaking up as much sun as we can. Catch us poolside or out in Edina—we’ll be making the most of the warm days ahead!


Whether you’re a longtime resident or are new to the city, you’ve surely heard of Centennial Lakes Park and its range of fun. From model boats to mini golf, live performances, and more, it’s the ultimate urban escape. Still, if you’re like us and spending extended time out of the house these days, it never hurts to mix up the landscape. And fortunately for us, we’re in the thick of great company with a range of Minnesota’s best parks just a short ride—even a bike ride—from home.

We’re less than 4-miles from Lake Harriet—a mostly flat stretch, too—where summer concerts at the Bandshell, lakeside games, and sunset movies will soon wind to an end.

Canoe, kayak, and other watersport rentals are available, and there’s plenty of open, green space to stretch out and sun. Pack a picnic for a day of it, or grab a bite at Bread & Pickle, featuring locally farmed picnic foods, craft beers, and wine.


Travel about 7-miles west for a day spent in Bryant Lake Regional Park where woodlands, grasslands, and wetlands, come together in 170 fantastic acres, jam-packed with activities. You’re sure to spot cool wildlife if you head out exploring, or you can dip into the sand-bottomed lake, play a round of 18-hole golf—there’s even disc golf, volleyball, geocaching, and more. Pups are welcome throughout, plus there are 9 off-leash acres, too. How about that for whole family fun?


If the thought of a park puts pooch by your side, Edina provides its own off-leash option. Beyond bounds of our own dedicated pet-area, get your pup and his crew out and into the fields of Van Valkenburg Park. Open daily from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM, you’ll want to pick up a special collar and permit from City Hall in advance—a small chore but added safety for what might become hours and hours of play.


We know many of our newest residents are still settling into their new Onyx homes, and we’re so happy to have you! As it comes time to venture further and further out into Edina and beyond, stop by, say hi, and let’s share some favorite spots!


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Whether you find beauty in getting your hands dirty or by the sparkle of designer jewelry, you can have the best of both right here in Edina. You can find artistry on-screen with open-air movies, or you can enjoy live music on the deck of one of the nation’s top public golf courses. The good life is easy to discover all around Onyx, so we hope you’ll make time to explore and enjoy!



All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.

-Charlie Chaplin



Welcome home to Onyx! With 22 move-ins at the start of the month and dozens more throughout, you’re bound to see many new faces across our community. Give a neighborly “Hello!” and share some of the good vibrations we’ve been feeling this summer!


Maybe you’ll plan a meetup by the pool? Sync schedules for some yoga or a fitness center workout? Clear skies call for potluck barbecues or s’mores by the fire, and we’re always amped to see the grills and pits fired up. There’s a whole lot to like when you’ve made Onyx your home, so it’s totally understandable if you choose to lay low and stick close for a while.


When you do decide it’s time to head out (maybe you’ve run low on rations), restock at Galleria, Southdale, or 50th and France—they’re all within quick reach and feature finds to fit the most eclectic of tastes. Speaking of tastes, it’s easy to grab a great burger out, or even a late night, midweek, happy hour vino, too. The food scene in Edina is as vibrant as our arts, and the more you explore the more you’ll discover there’s a facet for everyone in our gem of a city!


When it comes to the arts, there’s a wide world of it in our very backyard. Beyond the boutiques, shops, and local artisans, Edina hosts a range of events throughout the year and features arts, artists, and a mix of classes at our Edina Art Center. Even on the streets, you’ll discover it all around—most pronounced in the inspiring sculptures that dot our landscape.


You can catch these fixed and rotating exhibits at 50th & France, Grandview Square Park, and The Edina Promenade, though we recommend reserving the later for Sunday. Timed right, you can enjoy its sights and an afternoon in Centennial Lakes Park—maybe with a little paddleboating or lawn games, too—and then linger around into evening. At 6:00 PM, Torchlight Concert/Lighthouse Night kicks off, welcoming all for an evening of antique cars, live music, model yachts on the water, and more. The night caps off with a performance by the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band at 8:30 PM, followed by a fireworks show. What a great way to ring your new Edina residency in with a bang!


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Artistry in mind, don’t forget about free Thursday nights at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, including Gallery admission from 5:00-9:00. Whether you’ve been before or have just been holding out for the right time, there’s no better one than free. If you manage to pull yourself from home and find your way a few miles north, it’s a great chance to explore the sprawling art—both indoors and out.


Nearer to home, you’re never in short supply of opportunities to rub elbows with new neighbors and friends. Welcome home; you’re going to love life in Edina!



Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.

-Jane Austen



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