Dakota County Parks 1011 Sibley Memorial Hwy Lilydale MN 55118 952-891-7000
Recreational facilities in Dakota County include Big Rivers Regional Trail, Camp Sacajawea, Camp Spring Lake, Dakota Woods Dog Park, Lake Byllesby Regional Park, Miesville Ravine Park Reserve, Spring Lake Park Reserve, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Thompson County Park, and Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center. The youth group campsites collectively feature picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and water access. The parks collectively offer shelters (some with restrooms and drinking fountains), picnic areas charcoal grills, trailheads, and trails that accommodate hiking, biking, rollerblading, snowshoes, dog sledding, and cross country skiing. Camp Sacajawea also features a handicap accessible youth campsite (tents); a retreat center with lodge, 10 group campsites and outdoor classroom; a year round camp lodge (can accommodate 50, firewood included) with great room, nature observation area, un stocked kitchen, fireplace, counselor's area, private showers and restrooms; and a Ropes Course with activities 1.5 to 40 feet above the ground that also features a Climbing Wall, Pamper Pole and Zip Line. Camp Spring Lake also houses a retreat center with lodge, 10 group campsites and outdoor classroom; and a year round camp lodge (can accommodate 50, firewood included) with great room, nature observation area, un stocked kitchen, fireplace, counselor's area, private showers and restrooms. Lake Byllesby Regional Park features a 400 foot public beach (unguarded) with bath house (restrooms and showers). Spring Lake Park Reserve features 67 community garden plots, with water access at 2 locations; an Archery Trail with 28 shooting lanes offering elevated and fan shot opportunities in a natural, wooded setting; and a Model Airfield open May 1-Nov. 30 with east/west and north/south runways, and a quarter mile flying radius. Thompson County Park houses Dakota Lodge -Thompson Park Center, which offers facilities for weddings, special gatherings, business meetings or corporate retreats, including a 2800 square foot room with a grand stone fireplace that can seat 200 theater style or 160 for dining, large windows with a view of the outdoors, and adjoining terrace with a view of Thompson Lake. Visitors can take advantage of the surrounding trails as well. 16-acre, fenced Dakota Woods Dog Park features a dog-walking trail loop that connects the park's wooded areas to its open space and parking lot (there is no surface water on site). Lebanon Hills Regional Park houses a Visitor Center, which hosts numerous classes in its Discovery Room (available for public rental as a meeting and event space, can accommodate 50 for dining, 70 for theater style seating, AV equipment included). Preschoolers can attend the periodic Knee High Naturalists classes scheduled at 10 AM (ages 3-6, stories, songs, activities and art). Family activities include Forever Wild Family Friday, which is offered the first Friday of each month at 7 PM (one adult for every 4 children); Animal Tracking guided winter hike (for Families: 10 AM, Mar. 2, 2013, one adult for every 4 children; for adults, 2 PM, Feb. 2, 2013, equipment provided). The Creatures of the Night program includes a guided night hike to learn about like owls, bats, spiders and other nocturnal creatures and play games; participants must be at least 5 years old, with those under 18 accompanied by an adult. Cross-Country Ski Lessons are offered for youth ages 6-12 and for adults (coed & women). Homeschool Activities, for children ages 6-12, meets monthly at 1 PM. Scout Badge activities are held monthly at 2 PM; the time is offered, on a rotating basis, to Daisies, Webelo Boy Scouts, Boy Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts, Tiger Cubs, Bear Cubs, and Brownies. During the winter, Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes are offered for Families and Adults (campfire and roasting marshmallows; equipment is provided, hiking will substitute for snowshoes if necessary). Yoga Sessions for Beginning & Intermediate level students meets periodically at 6:30 PM (age 10 & up, adult accompany youth under age 18). Intro to Fly Fishing is offered on Jan. 26, 2013 at 1 PM and again on Feb. 12 at 6:30 PM. North Pole Explorers program is held in mid-October at 7 PM; this program acquaints participants with polar explorer John Huston. Special events at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center include New Year's Eve Party (starts at 5 PM), and Trails by Candlelight (6 PM, Feb. 9, 2013). Individuals age 15 & up can participate in Hand Colored Photographs class to make unique pieces of artwork from black and white photographs. Intro to Map and Compass provides participants with the basics on directional techniques with map and compass. Music and Stories of Appalachia class features Scotch-Irish, English and African-American heritage and cultural traditions in that region. Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center overlooks the Mississippi River Valley, its great room accommodates up to 75 people for weddings, banquets, meetings, reunions and other occasions (952-891-7000 for reservations). Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center hosts various programs, including Music and Stories of Appalachia (Nov. 17, 2012, 11 AM); and Candlelight Ski (Jan. 9, 2013, 6 PM). Movie Night in the Park (environmental theme films) is held at 7 PM mid-month at various locations, including Dakota Lodge (Dec. 14, 2012) and Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center (Feb. 15, 2013). Dakota Lodge also hosts Karibuni: Welcome!, a program which features proverbs, lessons and history with music from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Republic of Congo and South Africa (11 AM, Jan. 9, 2013, all ages). Spring Lake Park Reserve hosts a Music Festival in September (2012 event was on Sept. 23 at 3 PM).
Apple Valley Parks and Recreation 7100 W 147th St Apple Valley MN 55124 952-953-2300
Recreational facilities in Apple Valley include Apple Valley Community Center, Redwood Community Center, Redwood Community Pool, Family Aquatic Center, Valleywood Golf Course, Apple Valley Sports Arena, and 48 parks, which collectively feature Playground Equipment, Picnic Shelters, Barbecue Grills, Canoe Launches, Park Trails, Outdoor Volleyball Courts, Basketball & Tennis Courts, Ball Diamonds, Athletic Fields, Horseshoe Pitches, Hockey & Skating Rinks (lighted and unlighted), Warming Houses, and Park Buildings. Features unique to specific parks include Picnic Tables and Disc Golf at Alimagnet Park; Indoor Bathroom Facilities at Farquar Park; a Human Foosball Court and Pickle Ball at Hayes Park; a Soccer Stadium at Johnny Cake Ridge Park East; a Splash Pad at Kelley Park; a Public Meeting Room at Quarry Point Park East; an Archery Site at Scott Park; and a Golf Course at Valleywood Park (4851 McAndrews Rd, 952-953-2323) that features a Driving Range, Golf Practice Green, and Concessions. Apple Valley Community Center houses 2 gyms (one with hardware floor, the other with sports court floor, both with two basketball courts or three volleyball courts with court dividers), badminton & pickle ball courts, an all-purpose room with connecting restrooms, an all-purpose room with access to a kitchen with stove, refrigerator and microwave, and an arts and crafts room. Facilities available for rental during non-programmed hours include the gyms, kitchen, banquet/event center and public meeting room, and the center offers Wi-Fi access. This community center hosts adult recreational athletic leagues, including Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Kickball, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, and Wiffleball. South of the River Recreators (SORR) leagues include kickball and the ground pounders running series. Youth programs include art classes and sports activities. Sports Organizations active with youth sports in Apple Valley include Apple Valley Hockey Association, 952-431-5967; Eastview Athletic Association, 952-985-3830; Eastview Hockey Association, 952-322-1923; and Valley Athletic Association, 952-432-5618. Apple Valley Sports Arena offers a Learn to Skate Program/Ice Skating Lessons for all ages and skill levels during the fall and winter months. Hayes Community and Senior Center features a banquet/event center with chairs, electrical outlets & kitchen facilities, indoor bathrooms, a public meeting room, and Wi-Fi access. The Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., 952-953-2385, features video gaming systems such as XBox 360, Wii, and PS3; activities include Foosball, Movies, Organized dances, Ping pong, Pizza snacks/dinners, and Video games. The center is open during the school year from 2:30-8:00 PM Mon.-Thurs., 1:00-10:00 PM Fri./Sat, and some hours on Sun. afternoons. The center opens at 1 PM daily during the summer. Various events (some fee-based) are held at the center. Facilities within walking distance of the Teen Center include outdoor ice rinks, an outdoor skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, ball fields, and the Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center. Redwood Community Center, County Road 42 and Elm Drive, is rental fee-based facility suitable for events such as baby showers, craft sales, family gatherings, group meetings, and wedding receptions (reservations at least 14 days before the event). Redwood Community Center can accommodate groups of up to 96 people and features an equipped kitchen and elevated stage area. Redwood Community Pool offers public swim hours in the afternoons at its indoor & outdoor swimming pools, admission is on a daily fee basis (currently $3.50) for everyone age 1 year & up; the facility includes indoor bathrooms. Family Aquatic Center features an outdoor swimming pool & indoor bathroom facilities.
Burnsville Parks and Recreation 100 Civic Center Pkwy Burnsville MN 55337 925-895-4500
Recreation facilities in Burnsville include Burnsville Ice Center, Birnamwood Golf Course, Burnsville Recreation Center, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Alimagnet Dog Park (inside Alimagnet Park), Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve, and 75 parks, which collectively feature Recreation Buildings, Playground Areas/Play Equipment, Picnic Areas, Picnic Shelters, Basketball/Hard Courts, Volleyball & Tennis Courts, Horseshoe Courts, Soccer/Football Fields, Softball/Baseball Fields, Hockey, Pleasure (Ice Skating), & Inline Skating Rinks, Warming Houses, Hard (Paved) Trails, Natural Trails, Canoe Rack Rentals, Cross Country Ski Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, and Unguarded Beaches. Burnsville Parks System also offers a Skate Park, Archery Range, and Disc Golf Course at Red Oak Park. Crystal Lake West offers a Public Boat Ramp. Neill and Wolk Parks offer community garden plots from May through late October at a fee of $40.00 per plot. Burnsville Ice Center, an indoor facility for hockey, figure and pleasure skating, offers skating instruction, hockey skill development/improvement, numerous hockey tournaments, public skating (specified hours) and skate rental & sharpening. An Annual Ice Show is held at the center. Burnsville Performing Arts Center, opened early in 2009, houses a 1014-seat Proscenium Stage Theater, an intimate 150-seat Black Box Theater, has a 2000-sq. ft. art gallery, meeting rooms and a large rehearsal room; the center hosts include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance, and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists. 9-hole Birnamwood Golf Course offers leagues and tournaments for youth and adults, as well as open golf play. The facility accommodates Group Outings and Annual Passes are available. Burnsville Recreation Center sponsors "The Garage" after school & summer programs for youth of middle and high school age; activities/events include dance classes, art workshops, homework help, booking meetings for THE GARAGE’s award winning music venue, pizza parties, support groups, and speakers. Teen participants can help book acts for the facility’s music venue on the weekends. Weekday hours are 2:30-6:00, daily admission rate ($1) or annual membership ($5) applies. Music concerts on Fri. and Sat. eves have an admission of $5 to $15. Alimagnet Dog Park, owned and operated by the City of Burnsville and supported by members of PACK (People of Alimagnet Caring for K9s), offers an enclosed, seven acre, off-leash canine exercise area; an annual permit fee of $20 per household is requested to defray construction and maintenance costs. Adult Sports Leagues offered in Burnsville include Softball, Broomball, Sand Volleyball, and Disc Golf (Red Oak Course).
Eagan Parks and Recreation 3830 Pilot Knob Rd Eagan MN 55122 651-675-5500
Recreation facilities in Eagan include 54 parks, which collectively feature tennis courts, hockey (some paved) & outdoor ice skating rinks, ball fields, batting cages, soccer fields, athletic complexes/fields, hard courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, playgrounds/play structures, playfields, benches, walking paths, hiking trails, natural open space areas, ponds & lakes, shoreline fishing areas & docks (rental), canoe launches, rental , pavilions (some available to rent), charcoal grills, fire pits, warming houses/multi-functional shelter buildings, sun shelters, information kiosks, observation decks, and water resources demos. Features unique to specific parks include an outdoor skate park and a BMX-style bike park (open seasonally) at Lexington-Diffley Park; a winter tubing hill at Trapp Fram Park (tubes provided, open weather permitting); a Retreat Center at Moonshine Park; a Community Garden at Holz Farm Park; a Disc Golf Course at Northview Athletic Fields; and an Archery Range at Walnut Hill Park. Central Park uniquely features a Bandshell, Community Center, Festival Grounds, Gazebo, Outdoor Exercise Equipment, and a Rugby Field. Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Drive, was purchased in 1995 to be a living history farm dating back to the 1870s; the farm hosts various annual events, including a Garden Plant Sale in May, Spring Festival in May, Lone Oak Days Festival in late Sept., Old Fashioned Holiday (early Dec.), and Holz Farm Camp and A Day at the Farm (both for youth during summer months). Thresher Fields Park houses a fenced off-leash, dog area (OLDA) featuring trails, rolling hills, and open spaces in a "rugged" natural setting that includes a steep hill leading into a wooded area; there is gated access to the lake and shoreline. An annual, nominally priced, permit and a color coded collar provided with the permit, are required to enter the park area; water and restrooms are available on a seasonal basis. Eagan Community Center houses a55 Plus Seniors program in its the Lone Oak Room; activities and programs include book clubs, monthly potlucks & speakers, cards and games, quilt and craft groups, individual health insurance counseling, AARP tax assistance and volunteer opportunities; the center also hosts events such as 55 plus/Senior Expo, holiday parties, potluck/picnic on the patio, summer corn feed, and ice cream social. Programs and classes, held in the Lone Oak Room and at other locations, include health and fitness, art classes, defensive driving and educational opportunities.
Farmington Parks and Recreation 430 3rd St Farmington MN 55024 651-280-6851
Recreation facilities in Farmington include an outdoor pool and 40 parks, which collectively feature Benches, Picnic Tables & Shelters, Grills, Playground Equipment, Basketball & Volleyball Courts, Paved Trails, Boardwalk Trails, Sports Fields, Natural Areas, Wooded Areas, Fishing Spots, Climbing Boulders, Ice Skating Rinks (some lighted), Hockey Rinks, Warming Houses, Drinking Fountains, and Portable & Indoor Restrooms (both seasonal). Features unique to specific parks include Tennis Courts at Rambling River Park, Wading and Swimming Pools at Evergreen Knoll Park, and Art Sculptures at Depot Way Art Park. Farmington & Meadowview Elementary Schools each house an unlighted outdoor skating rink. The Farmington outdoor pool features a small drop slide, diving bay with 1 & 3 meter boards, wading pool, funbrellas, chaise lounge chairs, picnic tables and open lockers. Swim and water safety skills lessons through the American Red Cross Swimming & Water Safety Program are available for all skill levels from certified (WSI) instructors. Youth recreations programs and activities are scheduled year round, including sports, one-day events, trips and special events; summer offerings also include T-ball, Sport Camps, Playground Program, Golf, Lacrosse, and Soccer. Adult programs include seasonal softball, volleyball, and flag football leagues through Farmington Parks & Recreation, and kickball, soccer and ground pounders recreational leagues through South of the River Recreators (SORR).
Hastings Parks and Recreation 920 W 10th St Hastings MN 55033 651-480-6175
Recreation facilities in Hastings include Hastings Family Aquatic Center, Hastings Civic Arena, Veterans Athletic Complex, and 33 parks, which collectively feature Playgrounds, Baseball & Softball Fields, Horseshoe Pits, Restroom Buildings, Picnic Tables & Shelters, WiFi Access, Warming Shelters, Skating Rinks, Hockey Rinks, Concession Buildings, Basketball & Tennis Courts, Gardens, Monuments, Flag Poles, Off Street Parking, Handicapped Access, Water Access, & Drinking Fountains. Features unique to specific parks include Frisbee Golf and Volleyball Court at C.P. Adams Park. The Parks and Recreation Department also maintains over 28 miles of trails throughout Hastings. Hastings Family Aquatic Center, 901 Maple St, 651-480-2385 (seasonal number), offers swim lessons, family swim, lap swim, teen nights, and tons of tots time for children up through age 5. The pool features a Lap Pool, Water Slide, Play Structure, and Log Crossing. Admission is through daily rate cash payment, punch cards, or season pass (all are available as single or family, resident or non-resident). Weekly family swim hours are 5:30-8:00, on Wednesday; lap swimming is offered in the early morning hours M-F, early evening (7-8 PM) TTH, and Sat. morning (7-11 AM). Tons of Tots Time offers Daycare providers, preschool programs, and parents of children 5 years old and under exclusive use of the zero depth area prior to open swim time (9-11 AM on Saturday. Adult supervisors must be in the water with their children during this time; re-entry to the pool at noon (with a hand stamp) for regular open swim is required for all participants who wish to swim for additional time. After-hours rentals (M-TH 8:30– 10:30 PM and Fri-Sun 7:30-10:30 PM) are available, Birthday Party packages are available, and group reservations can be made during normal pool hours. Hastings Civic Arena, 2801 Redwing Blvd, 651-480-6195, houses a skating facility; programs & activities located there include Public Skate, Public Hockey, Youth Hockey through Hastings Hockey Boosters, High School Hockey I.S.D #200 through Minnesota State High School League, and River Blades Skating School instruction (10-week sessions). Ice and dry floor rentals are available; birthday party rental packages include one hour ice usage and ˝ hour locker room usage. Outdoor hockey and recreational skating rinks are open at no charge from 4-9 PM weekdays, Noon-9 PM on weekends, special hours on holidays; warming houses serve the outdoor rinks. Veterans Athletic Complex, 2500 Millard Ave, 651-480-2392 (Weather Line), houses lighted adult softball fields, full-size multi-purpose fields (one with lights), a baseball field, a playground set and buildings with indoor bathrooms and concessions. Youth soccer, youth softball, adult softball, adult kickball, youth baseball, and adult amateur baseball leagues use the fields weekly; by groups or organizations can reserve the fields for practice, games, tournaments, or other functions. Southeast Valley Recreators (SVR), a collaboration of six Parks and Recreation Departments including Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights, South Saint Paul, West Saint Paul, and Hastings, offer adult leagues and programs such as Basketball, Broomball, Dodgeball, Hockey, Kickball, and Softball. Youth camps/programs include Alternative Spring Break, Athletics Academy, Kittenball Safety Camp, Football, and Lacrosse. Special athletic events include a Kickball Tournament, MLB Pitch, Hit, Run, and Twins Clinic; other events, such as festival and holiday happenings, include City Cycle Community, Halloween Party, Dinner with Santa, Frosty Frolic. Halloween Howl, Hastings Kite Day, Rivertown Days, Snowman Snapshot, and Take a Kid Ice Fishing. Free Fitness Programs include Wednesday Walkers, which meets at 6 PM during April and provides guided tours of Hastings best walking areas. Wednesday Walkers is offered in cooperation with the Simple Steps (registration through June 15 every year), which registers groups of 2 or more (friends, families, co-workers) for this walking for fitness program; each group picks a name for itself. Hastings High School sponsors Youth First Planning Council (YFPC), a student organization that provides leadership training and service opportunities both in the school and the community. Students and community members can suggest projects and activities to the group; monthly meetings are held before school and additional committee meetings are scheduled throughout the year.
Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation 8055 Barbara Ave Inver Grove Heights MN 55077 651-450-2480
Recreational facilities in Inver Grove Heights include Veterans Memorial Community Center, Rich Valley Athletic Complex, Outdoor Ice Rink, Disc Golf Course, and a number of parks, which collectively feature Playgrounds, Picnic Tables, Picnic Shelters, Grills, Fishing, Trails, Baseball & Soccer Fields, Basketball , Tennis (some Lit) & Sand Volleyball Courts, Skating Rinks, and Warming Houses. 43 acre Harmon Park Reserve houses Harmon Farms and features 1,812 feet of natural trails and 22,294 feet of mountain biking trails; the park hosts the annual Harmon Farms 5 and 10 mile trail run in September. McGroarty Park offers open space areas and numerous fishing spots. Veterans Memorial Community Center houses The Grove Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Fitness Center features an Indoor Walking/Running Track; an Aerobics Studio for drop-in group fitness classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Aqua Exercise, Cardio Strength (e.g. Zumba); cardiovascular machines including Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Rowing machines, Stair masters; and weight equipment including a free weight area and weight machines. Active Older Adult groups can participate in Specialty Fitness Classes; other programs include Bridal Boot Camp, Boot Camp TRX, TRX Bell CSI-Cardio Strength, Interval Training, Back to Balance Boxing, and Bells Kettlebell. The Grove's personal training staff is available for individual exercise and/or rehab programs. A family walking time is available from 3-6 PM on weekdays and 11 AM-4 PM on weekends (summer hours: 11 AM-6 PM daily) at the fitness center's tropical trail track (free for members, daily fee for non-members). The Skating Arena offers 30-minute Ice Skating Lessons for ages 3 & up on Tuesdays & Saturdays; participants also receive 30 minutes of practice time and four open skate passes to use during public open skate times. The Indoor Water Park houses life-guarded lap and dive pools with waterslides, splash features and a lily pad crossing (during regular hours of Noon-7:30 weekdays and Noon-6:30 on the weekends). The diving pool includes a high dive. The water park offers open family swim and lap swim hours; twilight rates apply to use of the pool after 5:30 PM weekdays, and morning swim time (9-11 AM) is available on M-TH for young children (water features are turned off and a lifeguard is on duty). Swim lessons are offered year round for all ages and abilities; and the specialty class "Lifeguarding Today" includes First Aid, CPR for Professional Rescuer and Automatic Defibrillator (AED) training for individuals age 15 & up (swimming pre-test required) who are seeking employment at pools or waterfronts. Admission to Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC) is through purchase of a membership, or a pass (daily or 10-visit). In addition to fitness classes and ice skating & swimming lessons, VMCC also offers a variety of sports activities and special events for all ages, such as Checkers by the Pool, and Noodle Night. Adult Leagues include Softball, Volleyball 3-on-3 Basketball, Broomball, Kickball, Tennis, and Pickle Ball. Youth sports (most are seasonal) include instruction and/or league play in Tennis (Oakwood Park), Soccer (ages 4-6 & grades K-6, boys & girls separately starting in grade 1), Basketball (ages 4-6 & grades 1-5), Volleyball (grades 3-6), T-Ball (Preschool, at local city parks), Flag Football (ages 4-9), Floor Hockey (ages 4-6), Baseball/ Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Karate (ages 5 to 18), and Gymnastics/Tumbling at Simley High School North (ages 3& up). Sports programs meet at Oakwood Park or Hilltop Elementary School. Other preschool activities include Storybook Art & Gift Galore Art Class (both for ages 3-6) Music Together (birth-age 5 with an adult) and Kidcreate Studio (1785 Radio Dr. in Woodbury). The Bee Elite Gymnastics Academy offers classes year-round; with both a summer and school year session; all classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis; trampolines are used in all classes. Open Gym is available on Fridays. IMSOFIT classes (ages 10-17) focuses on cardio with resistance and core exercises using tools such as balls, bands, BOSU and light dumbbells; students have access to the pool during the class. Summer trips for youth include Apple Valley Water Park for age 6 & up, High Ropes Course at Basecamp for ages 10 & up, and Paintball for ages 12-up. The Sports, Physical Activity and Recreation for Kids program (S.P.A.R.K.) for grades K-5 provides non-school day activities, including gymnastics, water park, ice skating, group games, crafts, projects, field trips and featured activities. DJing 101for grades 6-12, presented by DJ Bob and EMI Audio, offers the basics of being a DJ, including hands-on some real-life equipment. Family Discmania Days (ages 8-up w/ adult), offered in partnership with a grant from PDGA, introduces families to the game of disc golf. Youth sports organizations active in Inver Grove Heights include IGH Heat Soccer, Hockey, Softball Federation, Baseball, & Basketball; and Simley Youth Football & Wrestling.
Lakeville Parks and Recreation 20195 Holyoke Ave Lakeville MN 55044 952-985-4400
Recreational facilities in Lakeville include 59 parks, which collectively feature Baseball Fields, Tennis/Pickleball, Basketball & Volleyball Courts, Biking/Walking Trails, Fishing Lakes/Ponds, Ice Rinks-Hockey, Ice Skating Rinks-Recreational, Park Buildings, Parking, Perennial Beds, Picnic Facilities, Playground Structures, Restrooms (some Portable, some Indoor), Sledding Hills, Soccer/Lacrosse Fields, and Softball/Baseball Fields. Features unique to specific parks include Cross Country Skiing & Equestrian Trails at Ritter Farm Park, and Horseshoe Pits at Antlers Park. In addition to the parks, there are 18 Conservation Areas, 6 Greenways, 7 Nature/Grass Trails, and 3 Special Use Facilities (Heritage Park, Kenwood Trails Disc Golf Course, Lakeville Area Arts Center).
Lilydale Parks and Recreation 1011 Sibley Memorial Hwy Lilydale MN 55118 651-457-2316
Recreational facilities in and around Lilydale include the Mississippi River National Recreation Area (MNRNA), which encompasses Lilydale, Fort Snelling Regional State Park, Lilydale Regional Park, Crosby Farm Regional Park, Crosby Farm Park Trails, Hidden Falls Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park, Samuel Morgan Trail, Sibley Trail, and Big Rivers Regional Trail, which connects to Ft. Snelling Regional State Park, Lilydale Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park and downtown St. Paul. Nearby Pike Island offers opportunities for viewing wildlife & scenery, hiking, biking, roller-blading, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking, swimming and an urban river boating. Area attractions also include Kelley's Landing (the St. Paul Yacht Club), Raspberry Island, Minnesota Centennial Showboat, Bruce Vento Scenic Overlook, Two Rivers Overlook, Great River Park in St. Paul, Lilydale Brickyard Trail (a hiking trail), Summit Brewery, Dodge Nature Center, Science Museum (which houses the MRNRA visitor center), Upper & Lower Landing Parks, and Pickerel Lake. Excursion boat rides are available at Harriet Island Regional Park.
Mendota Heights Parks and Recreation 1101 Victoria Curve Mendota Heights MN 55118 651-452-1850
Recreation facilities in Mendota Heights include17 parks, which connectively feature natural areas, batting cages, tennis courts, skate park, hockey rinks, ice skating rinks, warming houses, and playgrounds; walking paths connect most of the parks. 13 of the parks are developed; 21 miles of trails provide opportunities for walking, bicycling, bird watching and nature hikes. Recreation programs, developed year-round by a part-time recreation programmer, include (but are not limited to) fishing derbies, ice skating lessons, concerts in the parks, and trips to the zoo. Fall/Winter activities & events for youth include Horseback Riding & Hayride, Bowling, Lunch & a Movie, Golf at Mendota Heights Par 3, Annual Halloween Bonfire, MH Warming House & Ice Rink (4 park locations), and Gymnastics. Mendota Heights Athletic Association, 651-454-0433, sponsors organized youth sports.
Rosemount Parks and Recreation 13885 S Robert Trail Rosemount MN 55068 651-322-6000
Recreational facilities in Rosemount include a Disc Golf Course (Brockway Park), RMS Rink, Skate Park, Amphitheater; 4 Community Parks, 2 Land Conservancy Sites (1 undeveloped), and 18 Neighborhood Parks. The parks collectively feature Barbecue Grills, Basketball Courts, Little League Ball Fields, Nature Areas, Parking, Picnic Shelters, Playground Equipment, Indoor & Portable Restrooms, Skating (Hockey), Skating (Pleasure), Soccer Fields (Youth & Adult), Tennis & Volleyball Courts, Walking Trails, Warming Houses and Parking. Features unique to specific parks include an Official Softball Field at Erickson Park, an Official Baseball Field at Jaycee Park, and Community Garden Plots at Flint Hills Recreation Complex. Rosemount Community Center, a joint collaboration between the City of Rosemount and the Minnesota National Guard, houses an auditorium, banquet room, gym, and several meeting rooms, all available for rental to the public for events and programs, such as wedding reception, family celebration, seminar, conference, and business meeting. Rosemount Ice Arena features a single ice sheet for an NHL size (200 feet by 85 feet) rink housing adult team locker rooms, high school locker rooms, seating that can accommodate about 1,200 spectators, and a concession stand typically open for most games and tournaments. The facility is home to the Rosemount High School boy's and girl's teams, the District 196 figure skating team, and the Rosemount Area Hockey Association. Admission to the arena for skate sharpening/public skate sessions or open youth and adult hockey times is through an 8-punch pass card sold at the arena. Ice Arena rental is available (651-322-6006). Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round programs, camps, classes, special events, trips, team sports, and sport instruction for people of all ages; specific activities include Science Explorers, Abrakadoodle, Parent/Tot Open Gym, Annual "Who Done It" Hike, Open Gym on non-school days (K-5, w/adult), Annual Halloween Trail, Halloween Costume Exchange & Donation, Halloween Party, S.O.R.R. Mother-Son Afternoon of Fun, Breakfast with Santa, Movies in the Park, Learn to Skate, Open Hockey, Open Skate, Adult Scavenger Hunt, and Fall Clean Up Day (Rosemount residents). Adult Sports include Basketball, Dodge Ball, Golf, Soccer, and Softball. The department, along with the Rosemount Area Seniors organization, offers various programs, events, and trips for those who are 55 years and older. Services include Senior Link Age Line (phone resource & referral), Senior Law Project (legal assistance), DARTS (help with household chores, etc.), GAPP Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Snap Outreach (food budgeting help), and Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). On-going activities include Bid Euchre, Bingo, Bridge, Bowling, Card Bingo, Crafts, Dominoes, Bunco, Water Color Painting, Cribbage, Hand and Foot. Special Events/Programs: Drivers Safety, Monthly Luncheon, and 500-Card Tournament. Trips/Tours/Outing include IMAX Theater, Breakfast Out, Lunch Out, Wabasha Street Caves & Twin Town Tacky Tour, Amish Tour, Wabasha-Kellogg Day Trip, and Diamond Jo's Casino Trip.
South St. Paul Parks and Recreation 100 N 7th Ave South St. Paul MN 55075 651-306-3690
Recreational facilities in South St. Paul include Central Square Community Center (CSCC), and parks that collectively feature playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters (most available for rent), horseshoe pits, softball & baseball fields (some with lights), soccer fields and outdoor pools. Harmon Park houses the Girl's Fastpitch Softball program and features a boarded hockey rink and large open areas for passive recreation and picnics. McMorrow Fields is the community's primary softball and soccer complex; the facility houses a concession/restroom building. Northview Park features a "biddy" basketball court, open green space, and large outdoor swimming pool. Grandview Park occasionally hosts "Entertainment in the Park" performances. Kaposia Park houses an18-hole disc golf course and features an enclosed log pavilion (available for rent) with restrooms and kitchen area. Lorraine Park houses a "Splash Pool" which features interactive water toys and zero depth entry; the park also features a skating rink with warming house, and a large stand of oak trees offering summer shade. Seidls Lake Park, a cooperative effort between the cities of South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, serves as a prime spot for fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter; a paved trail winds through trees on the eastern side of the lake. Spruce Park houses a basketball court, as well as an ice rink during the winter. Simon's Ravine trailhead, recently constructed & open year-round, serves as an access point to the North Urban Regional Trail; the trailhead features off-street parking, a restroom building, drinking fountains for trail users and their pets, and local interpretive information. Veteran's Field hosts organized youth sports programs including South St. Paul Youth Baseball, Football and Softball; Special School District #6 uses this field for fall soccer and South Region Stars (Special Olympics) uses the field's Lincoln Center for a Youth Football Program (gr. 3-6). Veteran's Field Park features four softball/baseball fields (one with lights), a batting cage, and a restroom/concession building. Kaposia Landing, accessible by vehicular or pedestrian bridge, houses a 6.3 acre Off-Leash Dog Park, accessible to users with an annual membership; the park features a fully fenced perimeter, bull pen entry and exit area, two shelters with picnic tables, Mutt Mitt waste disposal stations, trash containers and an information/bulletin board kiosk. The state Department of Natural Resources maintains the South St. Paul Boat Launch; a handicapped accessible Level 1 facility that can comfortably launch two large water craft simultaneously off concrete ramps; the site has parking for up to 50 cars (including 15 in an overflow lot) and features an onshore fishing platform accessible to all abilities and ages. Central Square Community Center houses the Parks and Recreation Department offices, a Fitness Room (Fitness Classes, Personal Training), Indoor Pool (Swimming Lessons, Pool Rental), Activity Rooms, Gymnastics Center, Meeting Rooms and Senior Center. The CSCC pool, 4-12 feet in depth, features a diving board, open swim area, and portable tot dock in the shallow end so younger children can "touch bottom" while in the pool; the facility offers
lap swim sessions daily, weekly open swim, family swim times and swim lessons, and members can take advantage of open swim at no extra charge. Fitness classes include Cardio-Pump, Pilates/Mat Work, Bodymotion; Deep Water, Cardio Fitball, Total Body Conditioning, Pump, Aqua Interval, Low Back/Abs, Kickboxing, Tone & Flex, Senior Low and Tone, and Adult Water Exercise; a complete list is available at the community center. South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department administers and coordinates girls softball (springtime), youth t-ball and youth football programs. Some youth athletic camps throughout the year are offered to special needs youth as a cooperative venture of the Recreation Dept. & Special School District #6. Independent Athletic Associations active in the area include Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Youth Baseball (both in-house & traveling leagues), Youth Soccer, Girls Fast pitch Softball, Youth Hockey, Wrestling, SSP Tennis, Adult Softball, and Aquatic Club of Dakota County.