Cannon River Civic Center & Parks and Recreation Referendum 

Combination Civic Center & Ice Arena, & Recreational/Parks/Trails Improvements

 A 78,000- square foot multi-purpose, year round community civic center that will serve:

•Hockey players, figure skaters, youth and high school recreational skaters and other recreation opportunities.
•Trade shows and conventions, corporate meetings and trainings, concerts, community events, wedding receptions and charity galas.

A portion of sales tax will be available for:

An estimated $2.6 Million for the City of Northfield and $420,000 for the City of Dundas over 20 years, for the betterment of recreation, parks, and trails. This will supplement the park fund to improve these facilities within both cities.

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Civic Center Funding Plan

  • Seven acres of donated land, on the south end of Northfield, near the Dundas Dome.
  • Northfield and Dundas residents will vote to consider approving a 1/2 percent (.50%) local option sales tax. The increase, which is only appicable for goods and services already taxable in Minnesota and therefore will not impact the sale of groceries or clothing, is expected to generate approximately $7 million over a 20-year term to fund the development of the Cannon River Civic Center. In addition approximately $3 million is expected to be generated to support parks, trails and recreational facilities in Northfield and Dundas.
  • Northfield residents will vote to approve an increase in property taxes to generate approximately $8.8 million over a 20-year term to fund the development of the Cannon River Civic Center. For a home valued at $200,000, the expected impact is approximately $90 per year.
  • Approximately $2 million is expected to be generated from a Mighty Ducks Grant, naming rights, advertising, and the sale of the existing ice arena. 
  • Approximately $3.4 million will be privately raised by dedicated members of our community. If the fundraising goal is not met, the City of Northfield intends to proceed with one rink/arena space with the ability to add a second rink/arena in the future.   

Financing the Combination Civic Center & Ice Arena


Financing Pie Chart
Parks and Recreation Sales Tax Portion
1/2 Percent Sales Tax

City of Northfield Property Tax Impact - 

Property tax impact DOES NOT apply to City of Dundas, only sales tax

Current 2017 City Tax ($) values include ONLY the City tax portion. This does do not include other taxes such as: County, School District, and Special Taxing District taxes.

Property Tax Calculator

Type of Property
Estimated Market Value ($)

Current 2017 City Tax ($)

Yearly Tax Impact ($)

Monthly Impact ($)
Residential Homestead
    200,000
    300,000
    400,000
  1,033.30
  1,656.38
  2,279.47
   90.07
  144.38
  198.69
    7.51
  12.03
  16.56
Commercial/
Industrial
   400,000
   750,000
3,000,000
  4,144.39
  8,145.87
  2,840.43
  361.25
  710.04
2,952.27
  30.10
  59.17
246.02
Apartments
(4 or more units)
   300,000
   750,000
1,500,000
  2,143.65
  5,359.13
10,718.25
  186.85
  467.13
 934.26
  15.57
  38.93
  77.86

Economic Impacts

A market study estimated that with two sheets of ice, hockey tournaments are expected to have a $1.3 to $1.8 million economic impact each year.

Market Analysis (PDF)


Northfield Ice Arena Advisory Board

Five options were considered:

1. Maintain existing Community Arena
2. Addition to existing Community Arena
3. Partner with St. Olaf and Build new Community Arena
4. Build New Community Arena with 1 Ice Sheet
5. Build New Community Arena with 2 Ice Sheets

Option five was the recommendation by the Northfield Ice Arena Advisory Board. 

See the two years of work dedicated to this recommendation here.