Frequently Asked Park Questions

What are the hours that parks are open?

City-owned and operated parks are open from sunrise to 11:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. For safety reasons, parks can be subject to early closings and delayed openings.

Is alcohol allowed in Saint Paul Parks?

No. The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is not allowed in City parks with the following two exceptions:

  1. The possession and consumption of non-intoxicating malt liquor (containing no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight) is allowed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and only within the designated areas of Cherokee Regional Park, Como Regional Park, Harriet Island Regional Park, Phalen Regional Park, Highland Park, the Rice and Arlington Sports Complex, the Dunning Sports Complex, and McMurray Fields. No glass beverage containers are allowed.
  2. Temporary liquor licenses to sell and/or serve beer, wine, or alcohol at park facilities are available at the City License Inspector's Office with permission of the Director.

Is skateboarding allowed in parks?

Skateboarding is only allowed within the designated areas of Front Park, Merriam Park Recreation Center, and Arlington/Arkwright Park. Skateboarding within all other city parks is prohibited.

Can we have a bonfire at the park?

Bonfires/recreational fires do not require a permit but are only allowed within designated fire rings. Fire rings are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following parks: Como Regional Park, Hidden Falls Regional Park, Phalen Regional Park, and Newell Park. A fire ring is also available at the shelter in Crosby Farm Regional Park and can be reserved during the picnic season (approximately May through September) with payment of the applicable permit fee.

May I walk my dog in the park without a leash as long as they stay right next to me and are very well behaved?

All dogs, even the best trained dogs, are required to be restrained on a leash no more than six feet in length in all city parks except within designated off-leash dog parks. Owners must have in their possession a method of feces removal. Violation of these rules may result in a fine of $108.00. For more information on questions in the FAQ and more, see the Park Rules and Regulations page.