About Rice Park

Rice Park is a beloved public space at the heart of downtown Saint Paul. It was was dedicated as Saint Paul’s first public space when it was given to the city in 1849. Rice Park is home to many festivals, concerts and events throughout the year. The park features a beautiful fountain and other public art installations. Rice Park is surrounded by significant cultural and historical buildings including the Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center, Ordway and the Downtown Central Library. 

Rice Park underwent a renovation in 2019 thanks to a combination of public funding and fundraising efforts from Saint Paul Parks Conservancy, Rice Park Association and the Saint Paul Garden Club.

Rice Park Renovation Map


  • Benches
  • Tables & chairs
  • Decorative water fountain 
  • Public art installations
  • Small event/gathering space

Rentals & Reservations

Residents of the City of Saint Paul proper may apply for a permit on the first business day in January.  Non-residents may apply for a permit the first business day in February for reservations in that calendar year. Electricity is available for those wishing to reserve the park for weddings or other events. Please call the Park Permit Office at 651-266-6400 for more information or to make a reservation. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Note:  With the exception of pre-approved events, the possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Rice Park.


There is no reserved parking. Street parking is available throughout downtown.