Andover Community Information

Education

Andover is part of the excellent Anoka-Hennepin School District 11. There are five different schools within the Andover area: Andover Elementary School, Crooked Lake Elementary, Rum River Elementary, Oak View Middle School, and Andover High School. Andover High School is the newest high school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, and not only participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program, but offers sports with students with special needs. There are also a number of private schools in Andover, including: Legacy Christian Academy, Bunker Hills Academy, and Meadow Creek Christian School.

Andover is home to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College, a unique community college that in addition to offering associate degrees, also offers four-year and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects including business, nursing, and special education.

Economy

Andover's economy is continuing to grow at an extremely rapid pace. A number of new businesses have popped up in the city over the years, and the city is currently marketing several tracts in Andover Station North, a commercial/retail area. Many of Andover's residents work for the local city government in departments such as Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and the Water Treatment Plant.

Attractions

There is always something to see or do in Andover! The city is primarily known for its Fun Fest, an annual city-wide celebration that honors the Andover. The festivities are generally held near the beginning of July and include a 5K fun run, bingo, dances and parades, food and craft vendors, and a fireworks show spectacular.

Many of Andover's main events take place at the Andover Community Center. Andover also offers many activities for the older adults in the community, including bingo, indoor walking, and potlucks, as well as day trips and group tours through the Senior Center.

Within Anoka County are quite a few exciting attractions as well, including the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. The charming center includes a wide variety of art classes for the community, as well as art exhibitions and shows. Bunker Beach Water Park is a great place to take the family to cool off in the summer! The water park features six towering waterslides, a 900' lazy river, a sand play area, a leisure pool, and an outdoor wave pool.

Parks and Recreation

Andover is truly known for its diverse array of sports leagues, community classes, and parks. Andover offers basketball leagues and classes, as well as skating lessons, hockey teams, and ice skating at the Andover Community Center Ice Arena. Soccer leagues are also quite popular in Andover, as well as volleyball. The city's YMCA offers camps, personal training, fitness classes, and swimming teams/lessons.

The Woodland Creek Golf Club is the city's premiere golf course and a true hidden gem for golfers. Designed by Joel Goldstrand, the course features nine holes and has a slope rating of 118. Andover is also located near quite a few prominent cross country ski trails, which is a very popular pastime for residents during the winter months.

There are numerous parks located in Andover and Anoka County, many of which include hiking and biking trails, picnic tables, and even a few dog friendly parks. Fishermen will also be happy to know that there are dozens of lakes located within Anoka County that are ideal for fishing, boating, and kayaking.


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