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Pond-Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington is built on the grounds of a former mission founded by brothers, Gideon and Samuel Pond. The historic 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, sits in the park. The park now is an education site where people can learn more about both the life of missionaries and the Dakota people of the mid-nineteenth century.
Self-Guided Tours of Pond-Dakota Mission Park
Parks and Recreation, 952-563-8693,
Sunday Open House at the Pond House
The Pond House is open on Sundays from 1:30 – 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2 for adults. The weekly open houses often have special themes and are very family-friendly, which you can find on our Family Fun Calendar.