Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation department strives to provide exceptional parks, trails and recreational opportunities. We offer 62 parks, 118.4 miles of pedestrian and bike trails and diverse recreational opportunities for all ages.
With all Lakeville has to offer, it’s no wonder so many special events take place in its parks and recreational facilities.
Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails
April 2: No Group Play or Gathering in Lakeville Parks
In addition to closing playgrounds, on April 1, Lakeville suspended certain outdoor amenities – including pickleball, volleyball and tennis and other group activities that are not in compliance with obvious physical and social distancing, such as non-individual sports – in order to protect the community.
Governor Walz’s “stay at home” executive order 20-20 prohibits gatherings, yet these gatherings and close contact sports were occurring at some of these park amenities. Walz’s order does allow people to be outside to enjoy the spring weather, if social distancing guidelines are being followed. Residents can still enjoy over 100 miles of pedestrian and bike trails in the City.
Residents who have questions about Walz’s order or questions regarding businesses, school or childcare are asked to call the Minnesota’s State Emergency Operation Center’s hotline at 1-800-657-3504 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please do not call 911, unless it is an emergency.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- In Lakeville, park users will find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
- You are discouraged from using playgrounds as park workers are not able to properly clean and disinfect the equipment.
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Follow us on Twitter @LakevilleParks for occasional weather-related closures or program cancellations, or call the hotline at 952-985-4690 and choose option 2.