Highland Park

About Highland Park

Highland Park, the namesake of Saint Paul's Highland Park neighborhood, features a wide variety of amenities, including play areas, picnic areas, the Highland Park Aquatic Center, Highland National (18 Hole) Golf Course Highland 9-Hole Golf Course, Highland Park Disc/Frisbee GolfCircus Juventas, and much more. See the full list of amenities below.

Amenities

Golf

Highland Park is home to the Highland 9-Hole Golf Course and the Highland National (18 Hole) Golf Course.​

Disc/Frisbee Golf

The Highland Disc Golf Course is free to use and open from sunrise to sunset. You must provide your own discs. NOTE: Discs must remain within course area. Please be respectful of pedestrians, cars and nearby residents. Gameplay on roads, parking lots or trails is not allowed and will result in loss of course privileges. A permit is required for any group requesting and issued exclusive use and/or extension of the course.

October 16, 2018 Update

As indicated at the March 20, 2018 meeting, a temporary installation was proposed to allow us to gather first-hand information about the flow, safety, and layout of the course. The temporary holes that were installed on June 15, 2018 have been removed as we work to analyze the information we have received from course users, neighbors, and visitors to the park through a community survey and constituent correspondence.

We will present the feedback and findings from our analysis at the November 13, 2018 Highland Park District Council meeting.

June 4, 2018 Update

  • “Walk and Talk” held  May 23rd. 10-15 residents attended.
    • Walked the proposed temporary course and explained process for installing temporary baskets and method to receive feedback via online survey that will be active until Labor Day 2018.
    • Re-aligned existing holes #7, #8 and #9 so players are not throwing across Edgcumbe Road or throwing from nearby residential homes based on comments received.
    • Installed a concrete pad to define play at existing hole #9.
    • Existing hole #2  near the old Highland Pool Building is being realigned  to allow for future occupant in pool building.
  • Implementation of disc golf course improvements to existing 9 hole course began last week.
    • New baskets  will be placed in the temporary location because 4 of the 9 old baskets were  cemented into place rather than inserted and locked into the sleeve to allow removal. The initial plan was to move the old baskets to the temporary holes, but the above mentioned problem would not allow for this to happen without allocating additional time and money.  Due to the temporary nature of the 18 hole course, it does not make sense to dedicate additional resources at this time.  Should the temporary holes be removed after the 2018 season, the new baskets will be moved to replace the old ones at that time.
  • Wood chips are to be delivered Wednesday, June 6th to be placed around the baskets.
  • Temporary 18 hole course map and signage is being developed. Map will be placed onsite as well as on city website when completed.
  • Survey to receive comments on the course will be posted online this week. Survey to remain open throughout the summer.
  • In Summer of 2017 we conducted a community input survey to gain feedback on future improvements to the Highland Park Disc Golf Course. View the results.

Highland Park Aquatic Center

Highland Park Aquatic Center offers a two-story water slide, lap swim pool, children's splash pad, diving boards, aquatic climbing wall, party rentals, concessions, swimming lessons and more. For more information visit the Highland Park Aquatic Center website.

Old Highland Pool House

Originally built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the pool house is located on the Highland Park Disc Golf Course on the corner of Montreal Ave. and Edgcumbe Rd. The Friends of Highland Arts and Highland District Council are currently working with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation to help guide the future of this building.

Rentals and Reservations

Please call the Park Permit Office at 651-632-6400 for more information or to make a reservation.  Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The possession and consumption of non-intoxicating malt liquor (containing not more than 3.2% alcohol by weight) is permitted from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. within designated picnic areas. Glass beverage containers are not allowed. Barbecue grills are available, and people may bring their own grill for outdoor cooking. Recreational fires are allowed only at the fire ring.

Highland Picnic Pavilion (1200 Montreal Ave.) Includes a fireplace, kitchen facilities, including sinks, stoves, ovens, and a walk-in cooler. The pavilion has roll-up doors which can be left open or pulled down in case of weather. It also offers an indoor/outdoor fireplace.  This pavilion seats approximately 200 people. The Children's Play Area is located on the North side of the park near the shelter area.

Highland Shelter (1227 Montreal Ave.) Seats approximately 50 people. Electricity is available at a 110 volts. Multiple crock pots, coffee pots, roasters and other electric items may cause overloads on the power source.

Booya Shed - Electricity available. 

 

History

Highland Park was acquired by the City in 1925 largely due to the efforts of Commissioner of Parks Herman Wenzel. Undeveloped when it was purchased, within seven years Highland Park featured an 18-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, a picnic area, football and baseball grounds. It also sported a stadium seating 2,700 people, an artificial "swimming hole" and a new clubhouse/reception facility proclaimed the best of its kind in the Northwest. Many of those facilities, either rebuilt or renovated, still stand today.