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1100 North Hamline Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55103

Office: 651 772-6181
Park Watch: 651-646-3535
Walking and Jogging Safety Tips:

· Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
· Walk/jog confidently.
· Look people in the eye as you pass them. This lets others know you are aware.
· Don't wear headphones while exercising. Being able to hear your surroundings will allow
  you to notice someone you don't see.
· Wear shoes and clothing that allow freedom of movement.
· Carry a cell phone or enough change for a phone call in case of emergency.
· Carry a whistle with you.
· Walk or jog in a familiar area. Avoid secluded areas where there are places to hide.
· Vary the route you take. Do not take the same route every day.
· Walk or jog with a companion, especially at night.
· Wear bright colored clothing so that you can easily be seen, at night wear reflective clothing.
· Walk or jog facing traffic.
· Lock your vehicle. Don't leave valuables, such as purses/wallets/cell phones, visible inside.

Always let someone know when you begin your walk or jog. Tell them the route you will be taking and when you plan to return. Inform them when you do return.


Bicycle Safety Tips:

· Wear proper safety equipment (i.e., helmet).
· See and be seen, wear highly visible clothing.
· Avoid bicycling at night. If you ride at night, lights and reflectors are required. In addition, wear
  reflective clothing.
· Stay alert. Expect the unexpected.
· Exercise caution and constantly be aware of the traffic around you.
· Obey all traffic laws and/or trail rules.

Always make sure your bicycle is in good working condition.


Trail Etiquette, Rules and Regulations:

· Cyclists ride single file to the far right, at a speed that is reasonable and prudent.
  Exercise due care and sound warning when passing others.
· Pedestrians proceed no more than two side-by-side and remain on the far right side.
· Dogs and other pets must be kept on a leash and reigned into within four feet when approaching 
  another person. Remove defecation and properly dispose. 
· No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.
· Prohibited activities include: camping, trapping, horseback riding, hunting and advertising.
· Use authorized trails. Please respect closures. Minimize trail erosion by avoiding muddy trails 
· Please don't litter.

See Park Rules and Regulations regarding City Trails.



Swimming Safety Tips:

The following are general guidelines. Saint Paul's pools and beaches have specific rules and regulations that are posted at each facility.
 
· Only swim in designated swimming areas.
· Be aware of local weather forecasts and conditions.
· Make sure the water is warm enough. Children and older adults get cold faster and are subject to
  hypothermia at a faster rate.
· Use only U.S. Coast Guard approved lifesaving devices where applicable and allowed.
· Do not rely upon inflatable devises such as "water wings" or "floaties," balls or vests as lifesaving
  devices.
· Do not assume because a child has had swimming lessons he/she is safe in the water. Do not
  leave children unsupervised.
· Watch for physical conditions like too cold, too tired, too much sun, and too much strenuous
  activity.
· Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
· Do not consume alcohol while swimming or swim after drinking.
· Drink plenty of water and limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

See Park Rules and Regulations regarding swimming.




Ice Skating/Fishing Criteria for Designated City Lakes:

It is recommended that there be a minimum of four inches of solid ice before foot traffic on city lakes is attempted. Ice fishing is not allowed in areas designated for ice skating. Ice fishing holes on city lakes cannot be larger than 10 inches in diameter.

Many factors affect ice quality. Ice is subject to variable freezing temperatures from above, and yet subject to constant thawing temperatures from below due to water temperatures in the 40-degree Fahrenheit range. Wind-whipped water, areas where there is any water movement due to either overland runoff or underground springs, and shaded or sunny areas, all lead to freezing and thawing conditions. Snow is another contributing problem, as snow cover acts as an insulator and ice may actually begin to melt despite freezing temperatures.

Remember that even when conditions are determined to meet the criteria for skating or fishing, never do these activities alone and do not gather in large groups on one spot. It is a good idea to have a rope, ladder, or pole available, which could be extended to a victim in an emergency. Hypothermia, the rapid cooling of a person's body, can result in death. When it comes to ice, please remember one rule; There is no such thing as safe ice! 

See Park Rules and Regulations regarding ice fishing.


Ice Skating Tips:
Obey all postings in regards to ice safety. Ice should be at least 4 inches thick before venturing out onto city lakes. Please follow these safety tips.

· Skate at your own risk.
· Ice thickness is not consistent. Water currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges,
  inlets and outlets, are always suspect for thin ice.
· Never skate alone. Always have at least two people present.
· Children should NEVER be allowed to skate on a pond unsupervised.
· Beware of ice around partially submerged objects, such as trees, logs, brush, embankments
  or dam structures.
· Do not congregate in one area.
· Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas that signify
  thinner ice.



Ice Fishing Tips:
Please obey all postings in regards to ice safety. It is recommended that there be a minimum of four inches of solid ice before foot traffic on city lakes is attempted. Please follow these safety tips:

· Fish at your own risk.
· Ice thickness is not consistent. Water currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges,
  inlets and outlets, are always suspect for thin ice.
· Never fish alone. Always have at least two people present.
· Children should never be allowed to fish on a pond unsupervised.
· Beware of ice around partially submerged objects, such as trees, logs, brush, embankments or
  dam structures.
· Do not congregate in one area.
· Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas that signify thinner ice.


Sledding Safety Tips:

· Inspect the sledding course for hazards. Trees, fences, rocks and telephone poles may cause
  injuries. Hay or straw bales might not always protect you from injuries.
· Make sure that the bottom of the hill is long enough for the sled to stop safely.
· Select age-appropriate sized hills, avoiding steep inclines for small children.
· Never sled near traffic, roads, parking lots, rivers or bodies of water.
· Never sled alone. Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.
· Insist that children wear bicycle helmets when sledding.
· Use the proper equipment. Do not use sheets of metal, pieces of wood, etc. for sleds.
· Use the equipment properly. Don't stand or put more people on the sled than what it was intended
  for.
· If an adult rides on a sled with a child, the adult should sit with the child seated snugly in front, 
  between the adult's legs.
· Avoid sledding over snow bumps or anything that may cause the sled to become airborne.
· Only sled during daylight hours.
· Do not sled on icy hills. Sledding hills should be only snow covered.
· Stay alert, keep your eyes open and use common sense.
· When going back up the hill, walk to the side of it, away from oncoming sleds.
· Dress appropriately.


Bonfire Safety Tips:

· Bonfires are allowed only in designated fire rings.

· Fire Ring Safety Tips





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