March 10, 2022: Face masks are welcome, but not required.
Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has lifted the masking requirement for staff and visitors in City-controlled facilities. Face masks are welcome and will be available for anyone wishing to wear one. Visitors are still encouraged to maintain distance from others when possible, to wash hands frequently, and to stay home if feeling sick. For more information, see EO 2022-17.
- What should I know before I visit?
- Are there any parks and recreation closures at this time?
- What programming and activities are you offering at this time?
- Are any roads still closed to vehicle traffic for expanded social distancing?
- Is Saint Paul providing free meal service to youth in need?
- What are Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's general rules and regulations?
- Where can I find more City of Saint Paul COVID-19 information?
- How can I contact you?
What should I know before I visit?
- Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has lifted the masking requirement for staff and visitors in City-controlled facilities. Face masks are welcome and will be available for anyone wishing to wear one. Visitors are still encouraged to maintain distance from others when possible, to wash hands frequently, and to stay home if feeling sick.
- Saint Paul recreation centers, fitness centers and walking tracks, Rice and Arlington batting cages, Great River Water Park are open for regular public hours with no advance reservations required to enter the buildings.
- Advance reservations are required for Como Park Zoo & Conservatory visitors.
- All other parks and recreation facilities and amenities are open, unless otherwise noted our closures and special notices page.
- All regular park rules and regulations apply.
No, four temporary road closures stood up in Spring 2021 to support community members engaging in physically distant outdoor activities have reopened as of July 8, 2021. As the City of Saint Paul continues to learn from the pandemic and adapt and respond to the needs of our community, these closures will remain a part of the conversation. Residents interested in learning about current and future plans and projects, including pending master plan updates for Mississippi River Boulevard and East Como Boulevard, should visit the future park planning webpage and subscribe to updates.
Yes, to address growing food insecurity in Saint Paul due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is partnering with Youthprise, Arts-Us, and the Sanneh Foundation to provide free meal service to Saint Paul youth at park facilities across the city.
Language Translation Resources
If you have questions related to COVID 19 and require language support services, please contact 651-201-3920 and a representative from the Minnesota Department of Health can assist you.
Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department
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