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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:

  • Parks, trails, and open spaces 

  • 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 
    • 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. 
  • Highland Park disc golf course 
  • Fitness centers and walking tracks
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • Rice and Arlington Batting Cages
  • Golf courses
  • Skate parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, and other sports courts
  • Boat launches and fishing piers
  • Picnic shelters and pavilions
  • 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. 
  • Como Park Mini Golf
  • Watercraft Rentals
  • Decorative fountains and water features
    • We are in the process of turning on decorative fountains and water features. Some features are in need of repair and will take additional time.  
  • 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
    • Due to the forecasted high temperatures, Phalen Beach and Highland Park Aquatic Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, from 12:30pm-8pm for open swim. They will be closed during the week, then reopen for the season on June 12, along with Como Regional Park Pool, as was previously announced. Splash pads will also open early due to the high temperatures. Starting June 5, all splash pads will be open from 9am-9pm daily. Please note, Great River Water Park will be closed during the summer 2021 season. Visit for more information.  
  • Drinking fountains
    • Public drinking fountains will not be turned on until further notice. 

    • 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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    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
    Ph: 651-266-6400

    Monday – Friday
    ​7:30am – 4:30pm 

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    Last Edited: June 3, 2021