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Chanhassen Minnesota is a small, Minnesota community located just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. With an estimated population of 21,561 (April 1, 2002), Chanhassen has 14,427 acres in 24 square miles. Most of the City is located within Carver County; however, 154 acres in eastern Chanhassen are located in Hennepin County.

There are eleven beautiful, clean lakes wholly or partially located within the City limits: Christmas Lake, Harrison Lake, Lake Ann, Lake Lucy, Lake Minnewashta, Lake Riley, Lake St. Joe, Lake Susan, Lotus Lake, Rice Marsh Lake, and Silver Lake. Five major highways traverse the community, making it easy to reach other metropolitan areas. Trunk Highways 5, 7 and 212 run east/west and Trunk Highway 41 and 101 run north/south.

The city is served by two public school districts: Minnetonka District 276 and Chaska District 112. Many quality private schools are also available. Law enforcement services are provided under a contractual agreement with the Carver County Sheriff’s Department. The city contracts for 48 hours of patrol services each day.

The Chanhassen Fire Department has 47 on-call members. The Main Fire Station is located on Laredo Drive and a satellite station is located on Minnewashta Parkway. Chanhassen’s 500-acre park system features five community parks and 22 neighborhood parks scattered throughout the community. There are 30 miles of trails and sidewalks for walkers, bikers, runners, and in-line skaters to enjoy. The trails connect downtown, parks, and neighborhoods.

The Chanhassen Senior Center, located in the lower level of City Hall, is a social gathering place for people 55 and over. The center offers programs, trips, meals on wheels, and congregate dining. The Chanhassen Recreation Center (located on the east side of Bluff Creek Elementary School) provides residents with the opportunity to stay fit. There is a fitness room, gym, aerobic/dance studio, and five public meeting rooms that are available for rent.

With the generous support of area businesses, the City hosts several community events each year: February Festival, Easter Egg/Candy Hunt, Arbor Day Celebration, July 4th Celebration, Fire Department Open House, Halloween Party, and Tree Lighting Ceremony.


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