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City of New Hope
4401 Xylon Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Phone: 763-531-5100
Fax: 763-531-5136

Development and Planning Updates

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City Council/EDA Meeting -
Council Packet, EDA Packet

July 22, 2016, 7 p.m., New Hope City Hall

Performances of OBMT's "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" begin July 21

Off Broadway Musical Theatre (OBMT) will present the musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at New Hope Outdoor Theatre on three consecutive weekends beginning July 21. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from July 21 to August 6. Because seating is limited, guests are encouraged to arrive early. A free will donation of $4 per person is suggested. The New Hope Outdoor Theatre is located at 4401 Xylon Ave N (just west of City Hall). (more...)

National Night Out kids with balloonsParticipate in National Night Out on August 2

National Night Out, New Hope’s Night to Unite is Tuesday, August 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nearly 90 neighborhood groups have registered to participate in the event in New Hope this year. It's not too late to sign up for a National Night Out, Night to Unite block party in your neighborhood. Or, plan to participate in your neighborhood's event. If you’re not sure where the closest neighborhood party is to your home, call Officer Nichole Korth, community services officer, at 763-531-5140. (more...)

Enter the In Focus photo contest

Autumn Comfort by Dack Nehring

Enter New Hope’s seventh annual In Focus photo contest. It’s a great excuse to explore New Hope with your camera! There are three main categories: people, places and nature, a special youth category for those 16 and under, and a People’s Choice Award chosen by the public. The contest is open to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in New Hope. You may enter up to three photos. The photos need to be taken somewhere in New Hope. Entries will be accepted through August 1. For details and an entry form, visit (more...)

Halversons GardenNominate a neighbor for a RAVE! Award

Does your neighbor have a beautiful garden or yard, or did they recently complete a nice home improvement project? Why not nominate them for a New Hope RAVE! Award? Any residential property in New Hope is eligible to be nominated for a RAVE! Award, and any resident can make a nomination. You can even nominate yourself. To nominate someone for a RAVE! Award, download a nomination form from the city’s website,, or call Aaron Chirpich at 763-531-5114. The deadline for nominations is August 1. (more...)

What do you think of New Hope city services?

New Hope is conducting an informal city services survey again this year to gauge resident satisfaction with a broad range of city services. The survey is available on Survey Monkey by clicking on the link below. A copy of the city services survey was also included in the utility bill mailed at the end of June. However you choose to complete it, only one survey per adult resident, please.

2016 New Hope City Services Survey

Central Garage expansion Request for Proposals

On June 27, the New Hope City Council approved the issuance of a Request for Proposals for engineering/architectural services associated with developing a concept plan, preparing construction plans relative for bidding purposes and providing construction oversight for an expansion of the Central Garage operations facility.
A link to that RFP is below.

Public Works expansion RFP

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Farmers Market season began June 18

Farmers Market Shoppers

The New Hope Community Farmers Market returned for its seventh season on Saturday, June 18. The market is again being held in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Church, 8701 36th Avenue N. The farmers market features about 80 vendors and is a great place to get farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. It’s also a good place to browse the handiwork of local artists and crafters, discover some locally prepared foods, and listen to home-spun entertainment.

Market day is every Saturday through October 1. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the market closes for the season. For more information, visit

New Hope receives Minnesota GreenStep Cities recognition

City staff presented the New Hope City Council with a “Step 3” award from the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at its June 27 meeting. New Hope began participating in the program in January 2015. New Hope was recognized as a “Step 2” GreenStep City in June 2015. In order to reach “Step 3” status, a city needs to complete 16 or more Best Practices including some specific Best Practice Actions. New Hope is one of only 23 cities that has achieved the “Step 3” level. Photo is Mayor Hemken and community development assistant Jeff Alger who coordinates New Hope's GreenStep Cities effort. (more...)

Recreational fires are permitted, but regulated, in New Hope

Follow these basic rules when burning a recreational fire in New Hope

Recreational fire with marshmallows
  • Recreational fires may not be used to burn trash, yard waste or other debris.
  • All fires must be in an approved outdoor fireplace or pit.
  • Recreational fires in New Hope must be kept at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible materials.
  • Fires are not allowed if the wind exceeds 7 mph, if the DNR has burning restrictions in place, or if directed by a fire official.
  • Recreational fires must be constantly attended by the property owner or a designated adult until the fire is extinguished. A garden hose must be available within 15 feet of the fire.
  • All fires must be extinguished by 11 p.m.

For additional details visit the West Metro Fire website at

New Hope Council accepts 2015 annual financial report

The New Hope City Council formally accepted the city of New Hope 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its May 23 meeting. Bill Lauer, from the certified public accounting firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich, and Co., gave a summary review of the scope of the audit, their findings and opinions of the city’s records and financial data, and presented an overview of the city’s financial status compared to state-wide averages for cities its size. Lauer noted that the 2015 audit was “very positive.” The MMKR Powerpoint presentation, the audit reports, and the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available for review in the finance section of the city of New Hope’s website,

2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement
2015 Auditor's Management Report
Auditor's Powerpoint Presentation

Performance Measurement Report

The City Council reviewed the 2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report at its April work session. The report is a cumulative summary compiled from various sources, primarily the City Services Survey, an annual paper and web-based survey, and the Morris Leatherman Company Survey, an extensive professional community-wide phone survey.

2015 City of New Hope Performance Measurement Report

Council approves Bassett Creek Trail extension through Northwood Park

The New Hope City Council entered into a Trailway Cooperative Agreement with Three Rivers Park District on April 11 to extend the Bassett Creek Regional Trail through New Hope. The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is an eight to 10 foot wide paved, multi-use trail that extends from French Regional Park in Plymouth and will eventually connect to the Grand Rounds regional trail at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.The new segment will connect the existing trail at 36th and Boone avenues with another segment on 32nd Ave just west of Hwy. 100. Construction of the portion of the trail through Northwood Park will begin after Duk Duk Daze in mid-July. (more...)

Yard waste site is open

Unloading Leaves at Yard Waste Site

As you begin to spruce up your lawn and landscaping after its long winter nap, remember that the Maple Grove yard waste site accepts and recycles leaves, grass, brush and branches. The site, located at 14796 101st Ave. N., opens for the season on April 1. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m., through November 30. New this spring – the entrance has moved to the west side of the site off Maple Grove Parkway.Visit or call 763-420-4886 for directions and details about materials accepted.

Yard Waste Site Directions and Map

City survey results are very favorable

Morris Leatherman presented a summary of the results of a recently completed city survey to the New Hope City Council at its meeting on November 9. Leatherman's opinion research firm completed a 134-question telephone survey with 400 randomly selected New Hope residents in late July and early August. The results of the survey were very favorable.

Ninty-eight percent of respondents rated the quality of life in New Hope as "excellent" or "good;" a high 92% endorsed the direction in which New Hope is headed; and 87% felt the value of city services for the tax money paid were excellent or good. Fourteen percent of respondents mentioned that "street maintenance" was the most serious issue facing the city of New Hope, while 34 percent reported there is "nothing" they see as a serious issue.

2015 Water Quality Report

The Minnesota Department of Health requires water suppliers, including the city of New Hope, to prepare annual water Consumer Confidence Reports to report the water quality for the previous year. To read New Hope's 2015 report, click on the link below.

2015 Water Quality Report