Welcome to the Beautiful Parks of IGH!
Parks & Rec maintains 27 parks with scenic views, miles of paved and unpaved trails, and amenities including playgrounds, fishing piers, sledding hills, outdoor rinks, basketball and volleyball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, warming houses and pavilions, parking, restrooms, BBQ pits, a disc golf course, an off-leash dog areas and much more. The city also owns a golf course with 27 holes sit on 275 acres of rolling, wooded terrain. Go explore and enjoy!
Help us build the Parks, Recreation,
Trails and Facilities 10-year Plan!
What do you love about the parks, facilities and programs available in IGH? What could you do without?
This summer there are many ways for you to provide input to us on the plan that will shape the next decade of Parks & Recreation in IGH.
Watch for Parks and Rec staff to be popping in at a variety of events this summer, like Food Truck Days, Terrific Tuesdays, the Farmers Market and more! Share your comments with us and win prizes! Look for the Pop-In Parks logo next to the event listings we will attend on our Special Events web page.
Complete our online Recreation Survey to give input on what programs and events you want to see from us.
You can also scan this QR Code
with your smart phone to load the survey
At the completion of the survey, we will host focus groups at the VMCC in Community Room 1. Sign-up to be a part of one (include in the email your name and the category you wish to attend from the list below):
- VMCC (Membership, Aquatics, Fitness) | Monday, Aug. 16: 10-11 a.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Older Adults 55+ | Monday, Aug. 23: 10-11 a.m.
About the Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, Trails and Facilities Plan
Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation oversees and maintains 27 parks covering 677 acres and Inver Wood Golf Course with 239 acres. We strive to keep our parks clean and safe for our community and visitors to enjoy. Our goal is to make it possible for everyone including persons of all abilities and disabilities to take advantage of the park system and their offerings. We also strive to improve and grow our parks and their amenities to meet the needs of our community. Below is a list of current projects happening in your parks.
New Northwest Area Park Under Development
The City of Inver Grove Heights is developing a new neighborhood park in the Northwest Area of the City, to serve existing and incoming residents to this area. The new park will be approximately 8 acres in area and located between Argenta Court and Argenta Trail, north of Highway 55. The need for a neighborhood park to serve this area was identified through the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Planning effort.
Name the Northwest Area Park!
- Vista Pines
- Pine View Park
- Red Pines Park
Place your vote here by Tuesday, July 6: www.ighmn.gov/nwpark
Construction is expected late summer and completion late fall 2021!
Seidls Lake & 4th St. S. Reconstruction Project
The project, in collaboration with South St. Paul and West St. Paul, will include construction of a storm water lift station at Seidls Lake and replacing utilities and pavement on 4th St. between 14th Ave. S. and 9th Ave. S.
River Heights Natural Resource Management Plan
The City of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) have partnered in the last year to prepare a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) for River Heights Park. This Management Plan will help guide the ecological management of the 7.7-acre park known as River Heights. Although small, it is a very valuable part of the natural corridor along the Mississippi River and provides important wildlife habitat and water quality benefits, as well as a popular community amenity.
The primary proposed restoration involves removing invasive, non-native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the site to restore the grassland to savanna and to enhance the woodland. When invasive plants are controlled, it will allow for the reintroduction of quality native plants optimal for the eco-system.
North & South Valley Parks Master Plan
The City is working to update the Master Plan for North and South Valley Parks. There will be an open house on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Community Room 1 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center to collect public feedback.
Veterans Memorial Greenway (formerly the Rich Valley Regional Greenway)
Dakota County is planning for a Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Regional Greenway Master Plan has not yet been adopted but residents can log the Dakota County project website to learn more and comment.
Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway
Dakota County is planning for a Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway which will be a County trail project. The Mendota Lebanon Regional Greenway Master Plan has been adopted and can be viewed here.
Safety: We care deeply about the safety of our IGH community members and visitors. We and our vendors follow several guidelines and regulations (ASTM, CSPC and ADA safety and accessibility standards) when building amenities in our parks, including our playgrounds. Learn more.
Accessibility: Our goal is to make it possible for everyone, including persons with disabilities, to take advantage of the park system and its offerings.
We strive to make the parks available for everyone with accessible facilities and the availability of adaptive equipment. Please call 651-450-2585 to request special services.
Please report non-emergency issues and service requests (graffiti, vandalism, etc.) through YourGov by clicking here.