About Phalen Regional Park Multimodal Transportation Improvements

The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has secured funding for a multimodal transportation study at Phalen Regional Park.  This study will help guide development of pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile infrastructure in Phalen Regional Park.

Project updates

May 6, 2020

On Monday May 11th, our contractor will be performing the final milling in the parking lots. The Beach, Lakeside Center, Picnic Pavilion, and South parking lots will be closed so they can mill and patch. Once the lots have been milled, the lots will open up for use until they place the bituminous wear course (possibly next week). We anticipate being complete in a couple weeks.

March 31, 2020

Construction has resumed at Phalen Regional Park. Construction of all types is included in the Critical Sector exemption of Gov. Walz's COVID-19 Stay-at-home executive order. Our contractor is currently working in the Beach Parking lot area this week to prepare for paving of trails. Some revisions to the pedestrian route will be made so that pedestrians and bicyclists can safely use the trails during construction. On approximately April 8th, they will shift their operations to the south parking lot to perform the improvements there. Utility work at the entrance to the parking lot will require temporary traffic control on East Shore Drive.

The contractor anticipates being complete with their work at the park in early May. 

September 24, 2019

Construction is progressing as scheduled with the majority of the work completed at the Picnic Pavilion parking area. Parking in this lot is available in the evenings and on weekends. The contractor is focusing on the improvements at the Beach Parking lot right now. A pedestrian and bike trail detour has been provided around the construction activity at the beach parking lot. Parking is not allowed in the Beach parking lot, but is still available in the Lakeside Activity Center parking lot.

August 15, 2019

A construction contract has been awarded and construction is scheduled to begin August 19, 2019. The contractor plans to begin with the construction of dumpster enclosures at the Picnic Pavilion, Lakeside Activity Center, and Beach House, as well as, the parking lot improvements at the Picnic Pavilion.


January 25, 2018

The Phalen Regional Park Transportation Study is complete.  The final report is available at the following links:

Final Study (large file - may take a moment to download)

Appendix A - Parking Demand by Time of Day

Appendix B - Survey Results

Appendix C - Cost Estimates

We currently have funding to implement Phase I of the plan which will include the parking lots at the Beach House, Lakeside Center, and Picnic Pavilion.  These three areas encompass the busiest part of the park.  As future funding is secured, we’ll implement improvements at the other areas of the park.


November 27, 2017

Thank you to those that attended the Open House on Thursday November 16th.  The following links are to the materials presented at the Open House.

We will review and integrate feedback from the Open House into the plans.  A draft transportation plan will be prepared in December with a final transportation plan report completed in January.  

November 2, 2017

An OPEN HOUSE has been scheduled for Thursday, November 16 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. held at the Phalen Regional Park Golf Course Clubhouse.   Presentation boards will display project goals, traffic and parking data, park user feedback, and concept plans for various focus areas in the park.  Project staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback from attendees.  No formal presentation is planned.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Phalen Regional Park Golf Course Clubhouse


September 21, 2017

Thank you to those that participated in the text survey and on-site pop up meetings.  Your input is valuable to the development of this plan!  We are currently developing concepts for a number of focus areas around the park and will be refined for presentation and discussion at a November Open House.  The focus areas include: Arcade Street park entrance, Picnic Island parking, Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier, Picnic Pavilion, Lakeside Center, Beach house area East Shore Drive parking area at the south end of the lake.

August 29, 2017

***The text survey has ended.  Thank you to those that participated in the text survey

We Want Your Opinion!  Your opinion will help guide transportation improvements throughout Phalen Regional Park

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We will be holding pop up meetings at the park in the next two weeks

An open house will be scheduled in November.  A date/time and location is yet to be determined.

Tentative Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the Phalen Regional Park Multimodal Transportation Project:

  • July/August: Inventory/Data collection/Analysis/Community Engagement
  • August/September:  Schematic Design/Community Engagement
  • October:  Refine concepts and prepare cost estimates
  • November: Open House and Draft plan
  • December: Final Plan

Project Resources

Last Edited: July 28, 2020