Project Overview

Cherokee Regional Park is a 100 acre park in the City of Saint Paul extending along the Mississippi River bluff. The park consists of mature overstory trees and turf. The park offers two open-air picnic shelters, restroom building, playground, basketball court, two tennis courts, and a backstop for an informal athletic field. The Cherokee Regional Trail runs through the park providing connections to the river and adjacent trails.

Legacy funding has been secured to remove and replace the existing play area.

Project Updates

October 23, 2019:  The damaged part of the Skytower slide has been replaced and is now open for public use. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For all future vandalism or damages, please contact the project manager as soon as possible.

October 17, 2019:  The Skytower slide replacement part to arrive week of October 21st. Contractor to replace the slide part as soon as possible.

September 20, 2019:  The Skytower slide and tower are temporarily closed to make repairs to the slide. The climbing net and net swings will remain open. Parks Operations and Maintenance staff are in the process of removing graffiti and repairing equipment damaged by vandalism​.

May 7, 2019:  The contractor has re-seeded all disturbed ground near and around the play area. Please keep off the seed blankets to allow the seeds to establish and grow.

April 25, 2019:  The vandalism on the Skytower has been addressed and is reopened. There is a small crack on top of the slide that will be replaced when the installer from Canada is here as well as removing the remaining clasps hanging above the hammocks.

April 23, 2019:  The Skytower is temporarily closed due to an act of vandalism. The contractor and play equipment installer is working on addressing and correcting the issues.

April 2, 2019:  The construction fence around the Skytower was removed April 1st.  The play area is now open!  The Skytower will be closed for one more day during the next couple weeks, date TBD, to add additional equipment parts. 

February 4, 2019:  The contractor is working to get the Skytower equipment components finalized with the play vendor.  More updates to come.

December 12, 2018:  Update on the Skytower play equipment.  The contractor has received some missing parts and they will be installed as soon as possible.  We are still waiting to receive a few more parts.  We will continue to work diligently to have the equipment completed and open for the community as soon as possible.

November 21, 2018:  The play area is now open with the exception of the Skytower play equipment.  There were some equipment that did not arrive with the Skytower.  The contractor is working with the play equipment vendor to get the remaining equipment shipped.  The Skytower will remain closed.  The contractor is anticipating to complete install by end of next week.  *Please make sure children do not go inside the fenced area and do not climb the structure.*

November 13, 2018:  The trees arrived onsite and will be planted today.  The swinging bench is installed.  The Skytower installation continues.  Here are images from today.

October 30, 2018:  The Skytower has arrived and is being installed.  Here are images (large file) of the current site construction.  The contractor is anticipating to complete all concrete walk, play area, and site furnishings completed by end of week.  *Due to the recent wet weather, the project schedule has been pushed back and is anticipated for completion mid-November.  The contractor will to continue work depending on the weather.

October 16, 2018:  Most of the play equipment have been installed and the Skytower play equipment is on its way!  The contractor is planning to install the rubber surfacing this week and has started to pour part of the new concrete walk.  Here are some images.

October 05, 2015:  The contractor has started to install the play equipment.  They anticipate to complete most play equipment and rubber play surfacing installation by next week.  The Skytower play equipment will be installed once it arrives onsite.

September 28, 2018:  The new play curbs have been installed.  The contractor plans to install most of the play equipment next week as well as the play surfacing.  The rest of the site work will continue afterwards.

September 13, 2018:  The contractor has removed the existing tot swing.  They will begin installing the new play curbs prepping the site for the play equipment and rubber surfacing installation which will happen in the next couple weeks.

September 7, 2018:  The contractor has started to prep the site for the new curbs, play equipment, and rubber play surfacing installation.  This will occur over the next couple weeks.  Here are a few images from today. 

August 31, 2018:  The contractor has started demolition and removals this week.  Here are several images.  Demolition is anticipated to be completed by next week and begin site grading.  *As a friendly reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.  The restroom building remains open.

August 10, 2018:  The contractor has the entire play area fenced and closed.  Here are a few images.  The contractor plans to break ground next week.  Thank you for your patience during this time.  I'm excited to have construction begin and for the new play area!

July 23, 2018:  The contractor plans to install erosion control and temporary fencing next week, July 30th, and to break-ground week of August 6th.

July 3, 2018:  The City of Saint Paul environmental team will be converting areas of turf to native prairie at Cherokee Regional Park this year.  Here is a parcel map for your reference of areas where the conversion will happen.  They will begin work in the 0.68 and 0.16 acre parcels to the north then work on the other parcels in phases.  If you have more questions or would like to learn more please contact Adam Robbins, Environmental Coordinator, at

June 20, 2018:  Construction schedule update!  The contractor is tentatively planning to begin construction work at the end of July 2018.  Look forward to more updates!

May 21, 2018:  The Cherokee Regional Park Play Area project is anticipated to break-ground mid-July and be completed by October 2018. 

March 5, 2018:  The bidding process is closed and a contractor have been selected.  Construction will begin as soon as the weather permits.  Look forward to the new play area!  *A friendly reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.*

January 22, 2018:  The Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvement project is now out for re-bid with the anticipation for construction spring 2018.  More updates to come!

August 16, 2017:  Bids came back higher than anticipated and the project will not be awarded at this time.  The plan is to rebid the project after the New Year.  Stay tune for future updates!

July 10, 2017:  Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvements project is out for advertisement for spring 2018 construction.

June 28, 2017:  Site Plan Review Committee approved Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Improvements construction documents.

May 11, 2017:  Construction documents submitted to Site Plan Review.

March 7, 2017:  Construction documents in progress.                                                                                               


Neighborhood Meeting:  Cherokee Regional Park Play Area Re-design Meeting
Thursday, October 24, 2019, Baker Park, 209 Page St. W. from 6:00-7:00pm.
Although the play area project is complete, we will be presenting additional play equipment options as requested that could be incorporated into the park in the future through private fundraisingPlease review presentation material prior to the meeting. Thank you!

Meeting 1:  Kick-Off Community Meeting, November 17, 2016, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 5-7 PM.

Meeting 2:  Community Meeting #2, December 15, 2016, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.

Meeting 3: Community Meeting #3, January 26, 2017, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.

Meeting 4: Open House - February 16, 2017, Baker Park Recreation Center, 209 Page St. W. - from 6-8 PM.

Last Edited: July 12, 2021