Highland Park Community Center

The Highland Park Community Center is the new name for the partnership between the former Hillcrest Recreation Center and Highland Park Library, which was renovated and expanded to include an additional 5,000 square feet of public space, a dedicated teen zone, new meeting and study rooms, increased natural daylight, expanded children’s area, public art by Amanda Lovelee and III-AD, express holds pickup on the first floor, more internet stations, additional parking, and an enhanced welcome area.

Highland Park Community Center offers educational programs, after school activities, open gymtot-times, family events, fitness center memberships, youth and adult athleticsS'more Fun childcare, Highland Park Community Center Theatre, field rentals, rental space for parties, meetings, and events, and so much more.

Current Activities

Call (651) 695-3706 for more information.

Summer Camp and Summer Activities

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers summer camps and activities at parks and recreation centers throughout the cityOfferings are available for all ages. 2021 summer registration is open.

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S'more Fun: In-person all-day program

S'more Fun is an all-day program for youth in grades K–5 provided at various recreation center sites. S'more Fun will run weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. on days when Saint Paul Public Schools have classes in session. Advanced registration is required. Visit the S'more Fun webpage for more details, including registration information and COVID-19 safety procedures.

S'more Fun webpage

Learn more about these other youth recreation programs.

Rec Check  Recreation for Preschoolers 

Rec Reimagined: Digital and Alternative Programs

In order to help you stay connected, healthy, and active during this time, we have launched a new webpage where you can stay up-to-date with all of our digital and alternative programming options. Visit Rec Reimagined page often for the latest virtual programs, activity ideas, and other ways to live an active lifestyle and stay connected to nature in our parks, at home, and in your own back yard. We will continue to update this page as new programs and activities are introduced. 

Rec Reimagined webpage 

Library Programs

Stay safe and stay connected with the help of Saint Paul Public Library. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Saint Paul Public Libraries has curated popular library resources as well as their favorite experiences from across the web that they think you’ll enjoy. Visit sppl.org/staying-in for more information. 

Sports Registration


Indoor Amenities:
Computer Workstations
Craft Room
Fitness Center
Gym (Large)
Indoor Walking Track
(5) Meeting Rooms
Story Time Room
(5) Study Rooms
Teen Center
Warming Room

Outdoor Amenities:
Baseball Field
Reading Garden
Sledding Hill
(2) Soccer Fields 
(2) Softball Fields

Rentals & Reservations

  • For field reservations or to reserve space at this facility, call (651) 695-3706.
  • For terms and conditions, rental rates, and applications, see Recreation Center Rentals.

No-School Day Programs

Special programming may be available during no-school days such as MEA, winter break, spring break or other times throughout the school year.

Free Meals Program

Free meals are provided to youth 18 years of age and under and persons over 19 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program for persons with disabilities. Visit the Free Meals Program webpage for more information.

Summer Rec Check (formerly Summer Blast)

Summer Rec Check is a free afternoon program for youth who will be entering grades 1-6 in the fall.

Rec Check

Rec Check is a free after-school program for youth in grades 1–5.

Play Area Improvements

The play area at Highland Park Community Center is over 20 years old and in need of replacing. This project will replace the existing play equipment that is inaccessible to those with disabilities and does not meet current CPSC playground safety standards.  Other site improvements such as new site furnishings and landscaping will be considered pending available funding.

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Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of youth and adults who rely on recreation center programs and services, including helping out at community events, youth coaching, mentoring, and more. Learn more about our recreation center volunteer opportunities.