Featuring: River Park in Brooklyn Park
Tucked away in the southeast section of Brooklyn Park, River Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. These 38 acres of parkland runs along the Mississippi River and includes a large nature area, shore fishing, trails, picnic shelter, tennis court, playground, boat launch and restrooms. River Park is known for its spectacular fall colors and lovely cobblestone path. The beautiful scenery, park area, river and new Paddle Share station will be sure to attract people of all ages! The Paddle Share station is located just east of the 83rd Avenue park entrance within the boat launch parking lot.
Kayak Return/Take-out location: North Mississippi Regional Park
Distance to North Mississippi Regional Park: 4.5 miles
Approximate paddle time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bike share is not available at this location. Please use transit, ride share, or a private vehicle to make arrangements to get back to where you started your trip.
CAUTION: Be aware of river obstructions, such as overhanging and fallen trees.
Days available: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays (May 26-September 30)
Reservation window: Noon to 2 P.M.
Kayaks available: Six solo kayaks and two tandem kayaks
Cost: $20 solo kayak and $35 tandem kayak
Reserve your kayak at www.paddleshare.org
Planning an outing?
River Park Picnic Shelter is available to rent prior to your river experience. To reserve the shelter, please call 763-493-8333 or click here.
Brooklyn Park's all-inclusive playground is at Northwoods Park. “All-inclusive” means that most everyone can enjoy and access the entire playground. The surfacing is artificial turf, to help provide a clean surface that allows most people to move to all areas of the playground. There are many special features to check out!
An archery range is located in the northeast corner of Brooklyn Park in the Environmental Nature Area (10201 West River Rd) and is available for use during park hours. It offers six shooting stations with targets at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50-yard distances. Mechanical or fixed-blade broad heads are not allowed.
There are 30 parks that have athletic fields with more than 70 softball or baseball fields and 19 soccer fields; they are available to rent for games and tournaments. The City has two sports parks at Zane Sports Park and Noble Sports Park with 16 soccer fields, 5 baseball and 8 softball fields. Northwoods Sports Park has four fields and a concession stand. Fields can be reserved and rented for private group use. Some fields are lighted for evening game use and can also be used for lacrosse and football.
Love playing basketball outdoors? Visit Brookdale Park, Central, Brook Oaks, Edinbrook, Lakeland, Noble Sports Park, Norwood, Orchard Tail, Pinebrook, River Park, Sunkist, Willows of Aspen, Willowstone or Zanewood. Many schools also have courts to play on.
Public access for boats to the Mississippi River is at River Park. The launch provides a wide ramp, lots of room to position your trailer, plenty of trailer parking stalls, and a pull-out area to clean off the boat and trailer. Use caution: water levels fluctuate and river conditions can change rapidly.
Grow your own vegetables and flowers. We have two locations where you can purchase a garden plot.
Read more about community gardens
The Minnesota Cricket Association plays matches at the field at Lakeland Park on most weekends throughout the summer. Cricket is popular around the world. Watch for clinics and informal games as well.
Cross country skiing
The City grooms two trails for cross-country skiers. Brookland Golf Course (84th and Regent) has a .75 mile loop and the Rush Creek Regional Trail, running from West River Road to Oak Grove Park, is a 4.1 mile trail maintained by the City.
A 9-hole disc golf course weaves its way through Central Park. The course is free to the public. Discs and refreshments are available for purchase at the Brookland Golf Park Clubhouse. Orchard Trail Park also has a few disc golf baskets to practice your tosses and create your own course.
Brooklyn Park offers two dog parks; Brookdale Park and the Environmental Park Area. The dog parks are for dogs to exercise alongside their human companions and fellow canines and are open year-round during regular park hours.
Read more about our dog parks
Sunfish Pond is located at the Community Activity Center and is an attractive amenity for youth and families to enjoy the lifelong sport of fishing.
Read more about Sunfish Pond
Geocaching in the parks
Geocaching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Read more about geocaching
Our hard-surface outdoor rink at Central Park allows for in-line skating and hockey roller blading during the spring and summer.
Ice rinks (outdoor)
Central Park has two rinks with a supervised warming house open evening and weekend hours. Rinks are maintained at parks around the city. Residents can check out the warming house keys for neighborhood gatherings, hockey practices, and group events.
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation. Pickleball can be described as a miniature version of tennis or a gigantic version of ping-pong! Courts are available at Bass Creek Park, Norwood Park and indoors at Zanewood and the Community Activity Center in winter months. Some equipment is provided at the Community Activity Center.
Go to one of our many playgrounds in Brooklyn Park. For a listing of parks with playgrounds, stop by the Community Activity Center and get a one-page tear-off map or a parks and trails map.
A free and open to the public skate park is located at the Community Activity Center. The skate park challenges a wide range of age groups and skill levels with ramps and rails made of high-grade weather-resistant materials on about 6,000 sq. feet of concrete surface.
Read more about the skate park
Central Park and Brookdale Park sledding hills will fulfill your need for a snow sledding adventure. Come out and enjoy the Minnesota winter on these sledding hills.
Wheelchair softball field
The first and only dedicated competitive wheelchair softball field in the five-state area is located in Northwoods Park. This color-coated asphalt surface is home to the Rolling Twins and Junior Rolling Twins and dedicated to Todd Anderson. Everyone is able to use the field for kickball, whiffle ball, or any field sport.
The City plows many of the trails all winter long so you can continue walking in the winter time.
Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity.
Hours may vary based on events, activities and holidays.