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Posted on: May 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Parks Update: Many Park Amenities to Reopen May 18

Parks Reopening Final Letter

Parks Update: Many Park Amenities to Reopen May 18, with Safety Measures in Place

Over the past two months, IGH residents have been respecting social distancing guidelines on our trails and in our green spaces, and we truly appreciate your patience, diligence and support. Keep up the good work!

Governor Tim Walz has announced that Minnesota’s Stay at Home order will expire on May 18 and be replaced by #StaySafeMN, which allows for more businesses and spaces to be open to the public with safety plans in place. Following state guidance, we are pleased to announce that on May 18 we will begin to reopen some of our park amenities with social distancing and other rules in place. We ask that all park visitors take personal responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. Please use our parks, open spaces and trails at your own risk and in accordance with recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (, including the use of hand sanitizer and face coverings. Portable bathrooms will be open for use.

City’s official statement regarding safe park use

Below is an overview of the status of park amenities beginning May 18:

Park amenities OPEN with social distancing rules in place:

  • Parks and trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Off-leash Dog Park (if you hold a valid Dog Park pass)
  • One tennis court net at 4 of our parks (Skyview, Oakwood, Rich Valley and Groveland)
  • 3 pickleball courts at North Valley
  • Community Gardens (if you have a plot reserved)
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Baseball fields (recreational use ONLY; no organized practices)
  • Soccer fields (recreational use ONLY; no organized practices)
  • Picnic shelters (casual/unorganized use)
  • Inver Wood Golf Course
  • Fishing piers
  • Horseshoe pits

Park Amenities which remain CLOSED on May 18, until further guidance from the State of Minnesota:

  • Basketball courts
  • Recreation buildings and permanent restrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Sand volleyball courts

Refer to this chart for details on park amenity openings, closures and safety

While enjoying park amenities, please follow these rules to protect yourself and others: nrpa safety tips Opens in new window

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Practice social distancing, staying 6 feet from other people outside of your immediate family/household at all times
  • Do not congregate in groups larger than 10
  • Use face masks or a cloth face covering

Letter from Parks & Recreation Director Eric Carlson

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