Woodbury, Minnesota is a large suburb located on the southeast side of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. Woodbury has access to many parks, retail stores and restaurants. The schools are among the top in the state. Overall, Woodbury is a great place to call home!
The City of Woodbury is a direct descendant of one of the congressional townships that Minnesota Territory was divided into when the territory was ceded by the Native Americans of the United States and “opened to settlement.” Woodbury was originally named “Red Rock” after a sacred stone supposedly painted by the famous Dakota Chief Little Crow, but the the town was renamed in 1859 when the state legislature discovered another Red Rock Township in Minnesota. Woodbury was named after Judge Levi Woodbury of New Hampshire, a friend of the first town board chairman.
Woodbury was originally a large farming community and in 1955 the first housing development, Woodbury Heights, was started. The Woodbury Heritage Society has a catalog of the history of the majority of the street names in Woodbury.
Woodbury has over 30 distinct neighborhoods:
Woodbury is served by three independent public school districts. The majority of the city is located in the South Washington County School District 833. The Stillwater Area Schools (District 834) and the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale District 622 also provide service to the community.
District 833 operates six elementary schools, two junior highs and two senior high schools in Woodbury. Districts 834 and 622 have no school facilities within Woodbury. However, Valley Crossing School, 9900 Park Crossing, is a collaborative elementary that serves students from all three public school districts.
Two parochial schools, New Life Academy and St. Ambrose, are located in Woodbury. A private school, Footprints Academy, currently enrolls students in grades K-6. The city also is home to the Math and Science Academy, which is a District 833 charter school, and the Crosswinds Middle School, which serves middle school students from several east metro area school districts. (Contact St. Paul School District 625 regarding Crosswinds.)
Most of Woodbury lies within the South Washington County School District, so the majority of high school students attend either Woodbury High School or the more recently constructed East Ridge High School. However, small portions of the city attend Tartan Senior High School in Oakdale and Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater. Some students attend public or private schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute.
In November 2006, School District 833 selected an 80-acre site for a third high school, later named East Ridge High School. The site lies between two city owned properties south of Bailey Road and east of Radio Drive: the 80-acre Bielenberg Sports Center and the Danner gravel pit. The city also owns an additional 80 acres south of the sports center to allow for expansion. The new school opened in September 2009. The students attending this new high school came from Woodbury and nearby Cottage Grove as well as Newport and Saint Paul Park.
There are two middle schools in Woodbury; Lake Middle School and Woodbury Middle School.
Woodbury is also home to the Minnesota Math and Science Academy, a charter school. Saint Ambrose and New Life Academy, both small private Christian schools, also are located within the city limits.
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, a for-profit private career college, offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in business, information technology, health sciences and legal sciences at its Woodbury campus.
Rasmussen College-Lake Elmo/Woodbury campus serves students in the Woodbury area. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited, career focused college that offers bachelor and associate degree programs. Rasmussen College concentrates on programs in the following areas: health sciences, nursing, business, technology and design, criminal justice, and early education.
For more information about specific schools, please visit their websites below:
Math and Science Academy
New Life Academy
Primrose School of Woodbury
Saint Ambrose Catholic School
School District 622
School District 833
School District 834
Valley Crossing Community School
Things To Do
Woodbury offers many activities from recreation to retail. Woodbury has 130 miles of trails, 63 athletic fields, 38 play structures, 48 court facilities, 40 neighborhood parks, five major open space sites, five community parks and over 25 miscellaneous park buildings.
Notable parks include:
Bielenberg Sports Center
Features two indoor ice rinks and an indoor, domed field house. The outdoor complex consists of 18 softball/baseball fields, 18 multipurpose fields, and the Miracle Field — a ball field specially designed to accommodate persons with disabilities. The site also features four park shelters/picnic facilities with restrooms, a sand volleyball court, handicapped accessible play equipment and 5 miles of trails that wind throughout the complex.
A multi-use indoor park that provides a focal point that establishes the City Center area as the heart of our city. The park links to the Washington County branch library and the YMCA and houses School District 833 Early Childhood Family Education.
Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground
A themed, life-like design and sound effects accompany slides, forests, a tree house, and even a cave. Kids are able to climb inside cliffs imitating the St. Croix River Valley, then zoom down a mountain spiral slide emerging from a cave. Children also can venture to the top of the tree house, cross over to the gigantic fallen tree, and race down a 30-foot superslide! For a more challenging adventure, kids can explore the tree foam forest and cross through the tube jam.
Eagle Valley Golf Course
An 18-hole, par 72 municipal course, designed to be challenging for players at all skill levels. The course is laid out on 225 acres south of Valley Creek Road and east of Woodbury Drive. The design takes advantage of the site’s rolling terrain and natural resources. Eagle Valley offers a wide variety of services including a full service golf shop, food and beverage service, and banquet room for meetings and receptions.
For more information on Woodbury parks, visit the City of Woodbury’s website.
Retail, Restaurants and more
Woodbury has several retail shops; the most notable being Woodbury Lakes and Tamarack Village Shopping Center. Woodbury is home to chain restaurants, upscale dining and unique restaurants. For a list of restaurants, please visit the Twin Cities Dining Guide.
Woodbury is great community to call home! If you are looking to move to Woodbury, please contact us today! We have worked and lived in the area for 25+ years and can help you find a place to call home.
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