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UMore Park

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

Community Engagement

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An integral part of the University of Minnesota's academic mission, public engagement fosters partnerships with the public and private sectors and with citizens and community organizations.

UMore Park public engagement opportunities include:


Below are examples of public engagement opportunities in UMore Park planning and development efforts:

  • September 2013: The City of Rosemount held a celebration for the opening of two new ball fields at UMore Park. The University's Board of Regents approved the conveyance of the 27 acres to the City for active recreational purposes as a pre-park dedication in 2011. The ball fields are the first tangible product of the partnership between the City and the University of Minnesota and an amenity that helps meet a need in the community. See the grand opening flyer from the event and read a congratulatory letter from the UMore Development LLC. 
  • February 2013: The Rosemount City Council approved a resolution for the City to apply to the University of Minnesota's Resilient Communities Project (RCP). The RCP program will select one Minnesota community to partner with for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students and faculty from across the University will collaborate with the chosen community to address sustainability-related needs through course-based projects.
  • April - November 2012: UMore Park was a University Sponsor for the Center for Spirituality and Healing's Wellbeing Lecture Series. Three lectures took place throughout the 2012 academic year exploring a variety of topics related to community health and wellness.
  • January 2012: Dakota Aggregates LLC, the company established to mine for gravel on the UMore Park property, held two informational meetings for residents of nearby neighborhoods at the Rosemount Community Center.
  • November 2011: UMore Park was a University Sponsor of E3 2011: The Latest in Renewable Energy Generation conference hosted by the University's Institute on the Environment.
  • October 2011: The Wind Energy Research Station Commissioning event was held at UMore Park to celebrate the completion of turbine construction and launch of wind energy research and education activities on the property.
  • September 2011: The second UMore Park Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture "Sustainable Waterscapes and Livable Cities" featuring Herbert Dreiseitl, landscape architect and founder of Atelier Dreiseitl.
  • August 2011: The Rosemount Research and Outreach Center held an Open House at UMore Park.
  • May 2011: A public information meeting on the remedial investigation conducted on the eastern portion of UMore Park was held at the Rosemount Community Center.
  • April 2011: A Public Forum on Sustainability Goals for UMore Park was held at the Rosemount Community Center.
  • September 2010: The UMore Park Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Lecture featured Joachim Eble, founder of Joachim Eble-Architektur from Tubingen, Germany.
  • July 2010: A public forum on Renewable Energy Opportunities and Plans for a Sustainable Community at UMore Park is held at the Rosemount Community Center.
  • July 2010: A public meeting and comment forum is held on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project.
  • October 2009: Attendees of the University Open House Homecoming kick off event at the TCF Bank Stadium contributed ideas about UMore Park at an exhibit highlighting the University's vision for the new, sustainable community.
  • February 2009: Public scoping and comment meeting held for the sand and gravel environmental impact statement.
  • November 2008: Introductory open house for the proposed Sand and Gravel Resources Project.
  • Fall 2008: Public comment solicited for the Vermillion Highlands draft concept master plan for consideration in the development of a final concept master plan.
  • August 2008: UMore Park's annual open house provides and opportunity for the public to learn about the property and the University.
  • June 2008: Concept master planning scenarios for UMore Park and Vermillion Highlands are presented at campus forums and community open houses to gather feedback from the public.
  • November 2007: Campus listening sessions provide University faculty, students and staff an opportunity to comment on how University research, education and public engagement strengths can contribute to quality of life for citizens of the future community and the broader region.
  • September 2007: Public listening sessions in Rosemount engage community members in discussions about how the University's academic mission can be leveraged across Education, Energy, Transportation, Environment, Health and Interdisciplinary Opportunities in the future community.
  • March 2007: The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Sensible Land Use Coalition (SLUC) presented a half-day conference on UMore Park, Minnesota's largest and most innovative master planned community.