Richfield, MN is an inner ring suburb of Minneapolis adjoining it on its southern boundary, highway 62 (Crosstown marking a portion of its northern border). It also follows highway 494 along its southern border with 35W running through the center of the city, just west of its predominant lakes: Richfield Lake and Wood Lake. It earned its name in 1958 because of its rich and fertile farmland, the same year the state of Minnesota entered the union.
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It is also bordered on the south by the very large city of Bloomington, to the east by the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and to the west, prestigious Edina real estate. As a matter of fact Best Buy, the country’s largest electronics retailer, has its national headquarters in Richfield.
It is by no means the largest city in the area. As a matter of fact it is somewhat dwarfed by its large neighbors. But, despite its small size of only 7.1 square miles in area, it boasts an impressive 460 acres of parkland and 21 area parks and nature preserves. One of these, Wood Lake Nature Center, was the first urban nature center in the entire country, home to over 200 species of birds and 30 types of mammals. Itself it covers approximately 150 acres and includes valuable and protected wetlands as well as abundant walking paths and an interpretive center.
Richfield is also home to two full-sized indoor skating rinks open for hockey, broom ball, open skating and figure skating as well as other local seasonal events. Neighboring Aquatic Center, remodeled in 2003, features a 50-meter competitive pool, a 28-foot double waterslide and a wading pool.