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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. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What recreational amenities are OPEN and what should I know before I visit? 

In accordance with CDC and State of MN guidelines, the following recreational amenities are open, with restrictions: 

  • Parks, trails, and open spaces 

    • Stay at least six feet away from park users who are not part of your group. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.
    • If it is not possible to maintain physical distancing throughout an activity then you should only participate in that activity with members of your household. 
    • Follow current ‘Stay Safe MN’ guidelines for group activities. Avoid participating in unnecessary activities with people who aren't part of your household.
    • Masks are required to be worn inside all Saint Paul businesses including our park facilities, parks and outdoor public spaces when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Avoid contact with shared amenities such as picnic tables, play structures, and benches. Amenities are not sanitized and are available for use at your own risk. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if you do come in contact with shared amenities. 
    • 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.  
    • Follow all CDC and State of MN outdoor recreation guidelines.   
    • Regular park rules and regulations apply. 
    • Parks and trails are subject to regular closures for flooding, construction, or maintenance. 
  • Great River Water Park
    • Great River Water Park is open. Reservations can be made online or by calling 651-642-0650. Visit the Great River Water Park webpage for full COVID-19 guidelines and updates. 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Dog parks 
  • Athletic fields 
    • All guidelines and restrictions above apply. 
    • Field permits are available for some field locations. Please contact Municipal Athletics at 651-588-2255 for more information .  Permits will have priority use on the fields. 
    • Follow current ‘Stay Safe MN’ guidelines for group activities and ensure a 6ft distance is maintained from those who are not a part of your household
    • Fields will not be striped and goals will not be available for use, unless a permit is issued.
  • Highland Park disc golf course 
    • All guidelines and restrictions above apply. 
    • Use only your own discs.
    • Do not touch the baskets or other player's discs.
  • Fitness centers and walking tracks
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • Rice and Arlington Batting Cages
  • Golf courses
    • Most golf courses are now open. Face coverings must be worn inside the clubhouse. Visit www.stpaul.golf for updates, health guidelines and tee times. 
  • Skate parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, and other sports courts
  • Boat launches and fishing piers
  • Seasonal dining
    • Dock and Paddle at Como Lakeside Pavilion and City House at the Saint Paul Municipal Grain Elevator are open for the summer season. 
  • Restrooms
    • ​​​​Public restrooms are open for the season. 
    • Eastside Heritage Park restroom is closed for repair.
    • Portable toilets have been placed in parks and are regularly serviced.
      • If park users see a toilet that needs attention, please call the vendor directly at the number listed on the structure. 

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What recreational amenities are CLOSED?

  • Recreation and community center buildings 

    • Facilities are accessible for pre-registered programs and activities only; buildings are not open for regular business hours or rentals at this time. All programs will be in compliance with CDC and MN Department of Health guidelines. Please visit our Rec Reimagined webpage for programming options.
  • Seasonal aquatic facilities
    • We are preparing to open our splash pads, Highland Park Aquatic Center, Como Regional Park Pool, and Phalen Beach on June 12, 2021. We are currently evaluating our aquatics hours, rates, and membership structure and will share more information at www.stpaul.gov/aquatics as it becomes available. 
    • Great River Water Park is currently open, but will be closed during the Summer 2021 season. Great River Water Park swimming lesson and lifeguard training registrations can be made online, along with reservations for open swim, lap swim, and water aerobics. Public health guidelines will be in place and spaces are limited.
  • Drinking fountains
    • Public drinking fountains will not be turned on until further notice. 
  • Decorative fountains and water features
    • We are preparing to turn on decorative fountains and water features.
  • Winter amenities, including Como Park Ski Center, cross country ski trails and ice rinks

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What programming and activities are you offering at this time?

We will continue to update our Rec Reimagined page with our latest virtual and in-person 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.

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

Yes, four Saint Paul streets will close to vehicle traffic starting April 16, 2021 to support physically distant outdoor activities throughout spring and summer. The closures support walking and biking in and around three City of Saint Paul parks areas including Como Regional Park, Phalen Regional Park and Cherokee Regional Park, as well as the southbound vehicle lane along Mississippi River Boulevard.

The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic starting this Friday, April 16, through mid-July.

  • Como Regional Park -- East Como Lake Drive from East Como Boulevard to Lexington Parkway
  • Phalen Regional Park -- East Shore Drive from Johnson Parkway to Arlington Avenue
  • Cherokee Regional Park -- Cherokee Heights Boulevard from Baker/Chippewa to Annapolis
  • Mississippi River Boulevard – Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Pelham Boulevard (southbound vehicle traffic lane will be closed to vehicles, northbound vehicle lane will remain open to vehicle traffic and driveway access)

In alignment with closures stood up last spring, these roads were identified as areas where closures would not impact emergency and essential service traffic.

The City does not anticipate any other road closures for physical distancing at this time, and these closures are not connected to any future planning or studies.

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Is Saint Paul providing free meal service to families 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 families at park facilities and libraries across the city. 

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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: May 7, 2021