As one of the largest cities in Minnesota, the community of Oakdale welcomes you to this populated area. The town of Oakdale has nearly 30,000 residents who enjoy the features available to them. Our community welcomes you to Oakdale and we are certain you will appreciate your new home.
The Discovery Center in Oakdale is a unique place to visit in the community. Located at 4444 Hadley Avenue North, this facility qualifies for the Generation Green program. It offers several nature displays as well as books and information about the environment. The Oakdale Nature Preserve surrounds the center and includes more than 200 acres which includes a 28 acre lake, prairie lands, tress and more. There are also tennis courts, picnic shelters, a playground area and more. The center is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about prices or what the Discovery Center has to offer, call (651) 747-3860.
The Oakdale Garden Club is available to all residents in the community with a green thumb. To join, all you have to do is attend one of the monthly meetings and pay a membership fee which ranges between $15 for a basic membership or $35 for a basic membership as well as a membership in the MN State Horticultural Society. During the months from November to April, meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. From May to October, meetings are on the second Monday of the month at either 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Meetings often include special speakers or activities. For more information, call Jane at (651) 779-0690.
Oakdale\'s Fire Explorers Program is a group of young adults (ages 14-20) who want to explore careers in rescuing or helping people either through being a firefighter or the EMS industry. The group sponsors their own fundraising events so it is a self-sustaining organization which meets twice a month for training and learning fundamental skills. Each year, there is also a competition among other explorer groups in the state. If you want your son or daughter to become a member or just to get more information, call the Oakdale Fire Explorers at (651) 731-8886.
There are several parks throughout Oakdale for residents to enjoy. Eastside Park is located in the 1700 block of Helmo and it has playground equipment, sport fields, tennis courts, skating areas and trails. Furlong Park, located on 48th and Glenbrook, is also perfect for families with picnic tables, playground equipment and a skating rink. Other parks include Goosepond Park, Guthrie Park, Northdale Park and more. If you just want somewhere to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings, Preservation Park at Geneva Avenue and 43rd has native plants, open spaces and a bench. For more information about individual parks or to rent pavilions, call the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 747-3860.