The city of Burnsville is located in the south part of the Twin Cities metro area. It is well known for the Burnsville Mall and theatre off major intersection 35W South and County Road 42, two of Burnsville’s major thoroughfares. That same area is central to most of Burnsville’s best retail, shopping, and dining area. The majority of the city is zoned residential and known as a commuter town as mostly residents shuttle elsewhere to work, then come back to live & sleep in their Burnsville home.
The community itself is home to 60,306 residents as of the 2010 census spread out over 26.7 square miles of land, not including the almost 2 square miles of rivers, lakes and ponds. The city was named for Irish landowner William Byrne, although his name was misreported as “Burnes” and the error was never corrected. Burnsville homes are also never far from parks and other recreation, as the city is home to 79 parks, 1,800 acres worth, and dozens of lakes and ponds, including one of their largest, Crystal Lake, that allows boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. Burnsville is also home to Black Dog Lake, Lake Alimagnet, Early Lake, Twin Lakes, Wood Pond and Keller Lake to name just a few.
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This community is also tight knit, meaning the people who live in Burnsville tend to want to stay living in Burnsville, they’re connected to the Burnsville schools and are proud of their community. Burnsville’s “Heart of the City” project is just one more example of community pride. They’ve taken back 54 acres of land, centrally located in the city and implemented many features of the ‘Smart Growth’ plan with easy pedestrian and bike access to stores and services and all to promote sustainability. Central to this area is the Nicollet Commons Park, a town square style focal point to the project featuring waterfalls and fountains, an amphitheater, open greenery and abundant benches for daily lollygagging.