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UMore Park

UMore Park: University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park

UMore Park

The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is a 4,772-acre property owned by the University of Minnesota on the southern edge of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in Rosemount and Empire Township, Dakota County. The University envisions that UMore Park will become a vibrant, market-driven community for resident and business.

In February, 2015, the University's Board of Regents approved market-based development of UMore Park expected to occur in stages spread across several decades. Opportunities to incorporate the vision of the original Concept Master Plan (Summary | Full) developed in 2008 will be considered when UMore Park land parcels are sold for development, if there is private market demand for such elements and such concepts serve to protect and/or enhance the development value of the remaining site. Based on that original Concept Master plan, an AUAR-Alternative Urban Areawide Review (Report | Figures) was approved by the Rosemount City Council on October 15, 2013.

The AUAR was updated and approved by the Rosemount City Council on October 16, 2018 (Report).

2016 Remedial Investigation

Visit the Investigation Page

Read a Fact Sheet on the Remedial Investigation (April 2017, 163 KB)

Read the full Remedial Investigation Report (May 2017 - 611 MB)

The University of Minnesota completed Remedial Investigation (RI) activities at the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park/Former Gopher Ordnance Works in Dakota County, Minnesota. An RI is a phased technical study that is conducted using formal process established under state and federal rules to characterize the environmental quality of soil, groundwater and/or other environmental media. The purpose of the RI was to collect information needed to identify and assess potential risks to human health and the environment associated with historical uses of the property. The information from this and past phases of the RI will be used to identify alternatives to address potential unacceptable chemical risks that may be present.

To view more documents relating to the Remedial Investigation at UMore Park visit the Online Information Repository.

Research, Education and Public Engagement

Public Engagement
A scholarship reception was held at the University of Minnesota on October 30 to recognize Dakota Aggregates for the establishment of the Dakota Aggregates Scholarship within the College of Science and Engineering. The scholarship objective is to support students who are pursuing geology and civil engineering, and help them identify career pathways in the aggregate and related industries. 

The City of Rosemount held a celebration for the opening of two new ball fields at UMore Park on September 3. Read more about the event here.

Research and Education
More than 100 students participated in UMore Park related classes, capstones and projects during the 2012-2013 academic year. View select projects at on the Student Project page.

Academic Initiatives
The latest UMore Park Progress Report chronicles the academic foundations of UMore Park and the partnerships, events and reports that have enhanced our work.

Planning and Development

Alternative Urban Areawide Review
The Rosemount City Council approved the final UMore Park Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) on October 15, 2013. The meeting followed a 10-day review and comment period with final reviews by the Rosemount Planning Commission and the Empire Township Planning Commission. Information on the AUAR and milestones can be found here

The City of Rosemount presented the AUAR at the Minnesota American Planning Association (APA) Upper Midwest Planners Conference on September 19, 2013 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The AUAR process and next steps for development at UMore Park were presented at the Minnesota APA Lunch Event on November 13, 2013.

Sustainability Planning
The Aspirational Goals and Action Plan for Sustainability along with a summary companion was completed by the UMore Development LLC in March 2012.

The Integration Plan completed by Joachim Eble Architektur in March 2012 connects the vision of the property with the aspirational goals for sustainability.