Twin Puddles Park
Twin Puddles Park is a destination park located in the city of Rosemount, Minnesota in the United States. The park gets its moniker from the two bodies of water within its legal boundaries. The term puddles belies the stature of the park, as the twin bodies of water are two of the most significant in the surrounding region. The park is beloved by residents of Rosemount, and is proudly showcased in most of its tourism literature.
The two "puddles" are separated only by a few hundred feet. There are large parking lots near each of the "puddles", which regularly overflow on warm summer days. The rest of the park land is mostly flat, and filled with lush gardens and greenery.
The surrounding area, particularly that of the adjacent city of Apple Valley, is composed of very sandy soil, which has resulted in many natural sand beaches around the perimeter of the water bodies.
The park is also home to an athletic complex, composed primarily of baseball fields. The fields see heavy use from community recreation leagues and school baseball programs.
Despite the status of the park and the tourism revenue generated from out-city visits, the park is not without controversy. Keeping the lush gardens and the water in the "puddles" sparkling, the maintenance costs to the city of Rosemount is high. It's unclear if the tourism revenue generated by the park offsets the costs of maintaining it. There have been recent campaigns by some citizens, unhappy with increasing property taxes, to "Drain the Puddles." Unlikely as that may be, it has generated discussions amongst officials in the parks department and planning board.
There is also continued interest in the land within the park, especially the area immediately adjacent to the twin "puddles." Housing developers have routinely offered millions of dollars for the land in exchange for the rights to build luxury homes on it.