Saint Paul Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

In accordance with Governor Walz “Stay at Home” Executive Order 20-20, Saint Paul continues to follow all public health and safety guidelines to support people safely enjoying the outdoors and public spaces. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has made changes to its programs, services and operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Parks and Trails 

Saint Paul parks and trails remain open. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation urges all park users to follow these guidelines: 

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.  
  • Do not use parks or trails if you are at a higher risk of illness.  
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other park users not part of your household. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space. 
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park. 
  • Avoid touching surfaces. 
  • Visit the parks nearest to your home rather than drive across the city to visit popular park attractions. 
  • Do not hang out at the park all day. Recreate, then return home. 
  • No group activities with people from outside your household. 

Athletic Fields and Courts 

Saint Paul’s athletic fields and courts remain open, with restrictions: 

  • No team or contact sports. People may use and access spaces, but no organized or pickup games. 
  • Basketball courts remain open at this time. 
  • Volleyball nets and soccer goals will not be installed. Soccer goals already in place will be removed or secured to be unusable. 
  • Athletic fields will be not striped or marked. 
  • Tennis court nets will be installed. Courts will be available for singles matches to allow for social distancing. 


In accordance with Governor Walz “Stay at Home” Executive Order 20-20, Saint Paul playgrounds remain open at this time. Families and guardians should be careful to ensure children wash hands before and after touching play structures and maintain six feet of space from other children as much as possible.  

Dog Parks 

All off-leash dog parks remain open.  

Restrooms and Drinking Fountains 

Public drinking fountains will not be turned on and restroom buildings will remain closed until further notice. 

Portable toilets have been placed in parks and are regularly serviced by a vendor. If park users see a toilet that needs attention, please call the vendor directly at the number listed on the structure. 

Parks and Recreation Buildings 

All Saint Paul Parks and Recreation buildings are closed to the public, including recreation and community centers, municipal athletic facilities, Great River Water Park, and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  During this period of closure, we will be thoroughly cleaning our facilities and will continue to maintain the essential internal functions of the parks and recreation system.  

Events, Rentals, Programs and Activities 

All Saint Paul Parks and Recreation events, rentals, programs, and activities are canceled through Sunday, May 10.  

Roads Closed to Vehicle Traffic

The City of Saint Paul will temporarily close portions of three city streets to vehicle traffic to accommodate social distancing guidelines for residents who are walking and biking near some of Saint Paul’s parks and lakes. 

These closures come in response to resident requests for greater ability to practice social distancing while outdoors. These roads were identified as areas where closures would not impact emergency and essential service traffic amid the Governor’s "Stay At Home" order. The City does not anticipate any other road closures at this time.

Beginning April 3 through April 10 at 5 p.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic: 

Road-Closures-Regional-Parks map


Recreation & Community Centers:

  • All events, rentals, programs, and activities are canceled through Sunday, May 10.
    • Events, rentals, programs, and activities which have already met prior to our cancellation will be issued a prorated refund for the remaining dates.  
    • Full refunds will be granted for events, rentals, programs, and activities which have not yet met.
    • All refunds will be automatically issued as credits on your ActiveNet account.
    • Permit holders of impacted rentals will be contacted with further information.
      • We are unable to reschedule existing permits, or issue new permits at this time. We hope to begin processing these requests again soon.
  • Currently, there is no change to our refund policy for events, rentals, programs, and activities beyond May 10. This may change as new information becomes available, so if possible, we ask that you hold off on refund requests for dates beyond May 10 at this time. If you must request a refund now, please understand that due to the current situation, it may be two or more weeks before your refund request can be processed. 

Permit Office (Parks, Walk/Runs, Pavilions, Shelters):

  • All private events through May 10 will be canceled and full refunds will be given.
  • Account credits will also be issued for transactions made with cards that have now expired. If you have an event or rental taking place anytime after May 10 and wish to cancel, you may do so now, but our refund policy remains unchanged. Requests to reschedule events taking place May 10 or later will not be taken until April 1.
  • Until further guidance from the CDC or MN Department of Health, we will only issue new permits or reschedule events or rentals for dates of July 1 or later, if space is available.

Harriet Island & Citywide (events booked out of the Harriet Island office): 

  • All private events through May 10 will be canceled and full refunds will be given.  At this time, all other events are on as planned. If a client chooses to cancel an event after May 10, they may reschedule the event within one year or receive a refund of 50% of their deposit. 

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory:  

  • All private events through May 10 will be canceled and refunded for rental.  Lancer Hospitality will work directly with clients that have catering contracts. 

 Contact Us

Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department
Ph: 651-266-6400

Monday – Friday
​7:30am – 4:30pm