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We will continue to monitor CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and will update this page as new information becomes available. We are committed to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. 

January 14, 2022 Update: 

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and ongoing staffing constraints, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is making the following temporary service adjustments:

  • Tot Time programming is paused at all locations. At this time, we expect Tot Time to resume Jan. 30, but we will continue to monitor and provide updates.
  • Duluth & Case Recreation Center will be closed on Mondays beginning Monday, Jan. 17. We expect to reopen for regular Monday hours again in the coming weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • We ask that spectators during sports games and practices be kept to a minimum.

We would also like to reiterate that masks are required for visitors and employees when inside Parks and Recreation buildings. Masks are available within recreation centers, if needed. Athletes and Officials must wear their mask into the building and on the bench but may remove them when in active play on the court. It is strongly recommended that masks are worn while on the court, but we also recognize the high level of physical activity taking place. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all do our part to keep our community healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What should I know before I visit? 

  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation programs and facilities are in compliance with CDC guidelines and we ask that all visitors also comply with current CDC guidelines when visiting our parks and recreation facilities.
  • Masks are required for all City staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, while inside all City-owned buildings, including recreation centers, fitness centers, batting cages, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
  • Masks are required both indoors and outdoors at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.
  • Masks are required for staff and participants of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation programs, including Rec Check and S’more Fun, while outdoors when a 6ft distance cannot be maintained.
  • CDC guidelines recommend wearing masks in outdoor crowded settings or while participating in outdoor activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Please maintain a 6ft distance from those outside your household, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Please stay home if you are ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Saint Paul recreation centersfitness centers and walking tracksRice and Arlington batting cages and Great River Water Park have reopened 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.

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Are any roads closed to vehicle traffic for expanded social distancing?

No, four temporary road closures stood up this spring 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.

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Is Saint Paul providing free meal service to youth in need?

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. 

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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.

Contact Us

Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department
ParksCustomerService@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Ph: 651-266-6400

Monday – Friday
​7:30am – 4:30pm 

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Last Edited: January 14, 2022