With the growth of Maple Grove Days, limited parking, variety of event locations it makes sense to take advantage of the shuttle bus. There are four stops for riders convenience — Maple Grove Transit Station, Main Street/Arbor Lake Parkway, Maple Grove Community Center and Main Street/Lakeview Drive.
The parking is free at the Transit Station and the shuttle bus is also free. Shuttles run continuously throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. And it’s the perfect place to park for the fireworks Saturday night.
Maple Grove Days is planned by members of Maple Grove Community Organization (MGCO) and acts as a catalyst and an umbrella for the other organizations involved in Maple Grove Days events. Included in the list of organizations participating are the Maple Grove Lions, Maple Grove Rotary, Maple Grove Ambassador Program, Maple Grove Historical Society, Weaver Lake Conservation Association, Maple Grove Arts Center, Maple Grove Mom’s Club, DRAGLINKS Car Club, 40 Winks Foundation, Girl & Boy Scouts, area churches, school organizations, and businesses who contribute time, money and products to the event. Also instrumental to the festival’s success is the support of the City of Maple Grove, Maple Grove Police and Fire Departments, Maple Grove Public Works Department and the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Department, who provide their many talents and efforts throughout the planning months and during Maple Grove Days celebration.
MGCO’s primary activities are the Maple Grove Days July events, Halloween Family Fun, Breakfast with Santa, and the Sleigh Bells & Sparkle Parade. The committee is very diverse with over 30 members ranging in ages of 18 to over 80. From this wide age range we can pull a broad view of what interests all ages. The group also has a wonderful ability to work well together and have a cohesive outlook toward one unified goal.
“Our mission is to provide the residents of Maple Grove a sense of community. By encouraging other groups to join us we feel we have reached our goal and thus making this event truly a celebration of Maple Grove,” said Deb Syhre, president of MGCO. “While this is our goal, one objective that is very important is to enjoy the many months of volunteering and working together. It truly plays a very important role in the success of the event.”
MGCO continues to introduce something new each year to Maple Grove Days and look for ways to improve events from previous years. The group hopes people have a great time at one or many events. Many months and innumerable long hours have gone into the planning, take a moment and tell those people in the bright Maple Grove Days shirts favorite things.