All About Plymouth
Plymouth has built a national reputation as a thriving community offering an excellent quality of life. Its lakes and rolling terrain provide the backdrop for a blend of well-planned residential, business and commercial-industrial areas.
Citizens and community leaders have placed a high priority on establishing a first-rate park system, interconnecting trails and diverse recreation facilities. As the community has matured, the city has worked with citizens to permanently preserve natural open-spaces, nurture the arts and protect the environment.
Many major highways run through or are close to Plymouth, making it readily accessible to all within the metropolitan area. Interstate 494 runs through Plymouth as does Hwy. 55. Hwy. 169 is on the city’s eastern border and I-394 is within four miles from the center of Plymouth.
Plymouth is about 12 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis.
Plymouth was named Money magazine’s number one Best Place to Live in 2008 for cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000. The city stayed in the top dozen when the magazine repeated the rankings in 2010.(source: http://www.plymouthmn.gov/about)
Things To Do In Plymouth:
Come Spend A Day In Plymouth!
Millenium Garden features a variety of flower gardens, fountains, brick walkways, trails, a labyrinth, and an open green space. It is a popular venue for weddings, family affairs, and corporate picnics.
French Regional Park
A park which offers swimming beach, fishing pier, lighted trails, and a play area. They also rent out kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. A GPS unit can be checked out from the Visitor Center free of charge, to be used only within the park.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park where anyone can jump and bounce. They offer all kinds of fun packages such as the jumpapalooza for all ages, the sky jam for ages 16 and above, and the toddler time for ages 5 and below.
Dakota Rail Regional Trail
Offering 13 paved miles, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor. Visitors can hike, bike, and walk their dogs along the trail which offers panoramic views of Lake Minnetonka.
Home to the Wayzata Historical Society Museum, the Wayzata Depot is located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. The museum is a hands-on, educational place, where visitors will see a variety of exhibits about local history.
Saga Hill Cooking School
Designed for private parties, team-building events, or other gatherings, Saga Hill Cooking School offers lessons in professional-caliber, imaginative cooking for aspiring chefs of all levels of ability and experience. Lessons are customizable.
Wai Nani Surf & Paddle-Day Classes
A full service stand-up paddle board seller and service provider, Wai Nani Surf & Paddle-Day Classes offers lessons for beginner and intermediate stand-up paddle boarders. The shop also hosts races.
Minnetonka Ice Arena
The Minnetonka Ice Arena is a public ice-skating facility that offers public skating, figure skating lessons, and adult hockey leagues. Local high school hockey teams also utilize the arena.
Fish Lake Regional Park
Multiple nature trails make Fish Lake Regional Park a destination for walking, hiking and biking. There is rental equipment for paddle boarding, canoeing, paddle boats and kayaking. There is also a dog park for canine buddies.
Minnetonka Tennis Club
With four indoor courts, Minnetonka Tennis Club provides its members with a pro shop and certified instructors to help improve their game. The locker room has a sauna, and there is a loft observation area with a complete kitchen. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/plymouth-mn)
Education in Plymouth
About Plymouth Educational System
Five school districts serve Plymouth, Wayzata Public Schools (ISD 284), Robbinsdale Area Schools (ISD 281), Osseo School District (279), West Metro Education Project District (ISD 6069) and Hopkins School District (ISD 270). The majority of the city, particularly the western, northwestern, and southern areas, is served by Wayzata Public Schools. Robbinsdale Area Schools serves the east-central area of Plymouth. The Osseo District includes the northeast area and Hopkins includes the southeast corner of Plymouth. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute.
- Birchview Elementary School
- Gleason Lake Elementary School (Plymouth / Wayzata, MN)
- Greenwood Elementary School
- Kimberly Lane Elementary School
- Oakwood Elementary School
- Plymouth Creek Elementary School
- Sunset Hill Elementary School
- Wayzata East Middle School
- Wayzata Central Middle School
- Wayzata West Middle School
- Wayzata High School
Wayzata High School is operated by the Wayzata School District, has approximately 3500 students in grades 9 to 12 (2011), making it the largest secondary school by enrollment in Minnesota. Projected enrollment for the 2012-2013 School Year is 3617. It is also the largest Minnesota secondary school by structural size, with an interior of 487,000 square feet (45,200 m2). The school is part of the Lake Conference. In 2008, Newsweek ranked the school #940 “List of the 1300 Top High Schools in America.”
Robbinsdale School District
- Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
- Robbinsdale Plymouth Middle School
- Zachary Lane Elementary School
West Metro Education Project (WMEP) District 6069
- The InterDistrict Downtown School (IDDS)
- FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource) School
Private schools and colleges
- Association Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary
- Fourth Baptist Christian School
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary
- Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
- Providence Academy
- West Lutheran High School
History of Plymouth:
Plymouth is rich in history!
Plymouth’s history can be traced back to the pre-Colombian period, 1400-1500 AD. The original inhabitants were the Dakota. Their encampment was at the north end of Medicine Lake. The name Medicine Lake is derived from the Native American word “Mdewakan”, meaning “Lake of the Spirit.” The Dakota named the lake after a warrior overturned his canoe and his body was never recovered.
Antoine LeCounte, a guide and explorer, was the first settler to this area. He arrived in 1848, but did not settle until 1852. He carried mail from the Red River country to points south, trading goods to Native Americans for horses on the way. LeCounte built the first cabin at what is now East Medicine Lake Boulevard at 29th Avenue North.
Plymouth’s Start as a Town
Plymouth’s beginning as a town occurred in 1855 on the northwest shores of what is now known as Parkers Lake. A gristmill and other structures were built in the area. In the spring of 1857, when Parkers Lake flooded, the mill was taken down and moved to Freeport, Minnesota. Freeport is now called Wayzata.
As new settlers arrived in the area, they decided to organize. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners named the new settlement Plymouth. On April 19, 1858, a group of townspeople met at the home of Francis Day to open elections for town offices. On May 11, 1858, the group voted to change the town’s name to Medicine Lake. This was used once at the town meeting, but for reasons, which were not recorded, it was never used again.
In 1862, during the conflict between white settlers and the Dakota at Fort Ridgeley, near New Ulm, the settlers of Plymouth formed a militia. When the Civil War started, Plymouth paid its volunteers $25 to enlist. At about this time, Plymouth’s growth began to take on a new look. Schools and churches were built and a post office was located in Plymouth. By 1863, hotels were being built.
More changes occurred after the Civil War. By 1880, Plymouth boasted a population of 1,074, and reaped $667 in annual taxes. Farming became the trade of most settlers. Roads were built across Plymouth, making access to other towns possible. Medicine Lake had become a major tourist attraction and resorts were built around its shores. (source: http://www.plymouthmn.gov/about/history)
Check out Plymouth’s Neighborhood
Plymouth is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 75,907 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Plymouth is the seventh largest community in Minnesota.
Plymouth home prices are not only among the most expensive in Minnesota, but Plymouth real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Plymouth is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plymouth is a city of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plymouth who work in management occupations (16.82%), sales jobs (12.82%) and office and administrative support (11.31%).
Also of interest is that Plymouth has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Plymouth. 57.27% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Plymouth in 2010 was $46,375, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $185,500 for a family of four. However, Plymouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Plymouth is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Plymouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plymouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Plymouth include German, Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, English and Polish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mn/plymouth/)
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