Parks and Trails remain Open during city closures
Many of us are staying home and avoiding crowds these days. Getting out into nature and exercising can help us relax and feel better during stressful times. Currently, Inver Grove Heights parks and trails remain open.
And we understand not only will residents and visitors continue to enjoy these parks and trails, so will many furry friends – just please remember our four-legged companions must have a leash on at all times in Inver Grove Heights, unless they are in the designated off-leash area of the Heritage Village Dog Park, which requires a Dog Park Pass to access. Dog Park passes can be purchased online at: www.invergroveheights.org/register. Call 651-450-2585 with any questions.
And don’t forget to clean up after your pups, too!
If you choose to visit our local parks and trails, the National Recreation and Parks Association offers a few recommendations on observing social distancing in parks and on trails:
- 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 the 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 Inver Grove Heights 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 and playground equipment, as we have posted signs indicating their closure.
This guidance is current today (3/20/20), and staff continues to monitor CDC guidance and local, state and federal updates daily. For more information please click on the link below:
Welcome to the beautiful parks of IGH!
Whether you are looking for a great trail, playground, volleyball court or fishing, Inver Grove Heights Parks has it. We are dedicated to keeping your many parks beautiful and enjoyable.Parks & Rec maintains 27 parks and a City-owned Golf Course with scenic views, miles of paved and unpaved trails, and many 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, Disc Golf Course, Off-leash Dog areas and much more. View each park to find their location and all of their amenities on the sidebar.
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
Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, Trails and Facilities Plan
The process to update the City’s Comprehensive Park, Recreation, Trail, and Facilities Plan is underway. We want to engage residents, businesses, park, recreation, and facility users to determine what you need and want your parks, trails, programs and facilities to be in the future.
The purpose of the Comprehensive Park, Recreation, Trail, and Facilities Plan is to develop a clear 10-15-year vision for the city related to parks, trails, recreation programs, and facilities.
The listening sessions planned in April have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Park Ordinance Highlights
|Park Hours of Operation||6 am - 10 pm unless otherwise specified|
|Animal Leash||All animals must be on a leash no longer than six feet and are not allowed in high activity areas|
|Boating||No motorized boat launching from any public park|
|Camping||No camping in a public park|
|Feeding of Animals||No feeding wild animals in a public park|
|Golfing||No golfing in parks except at the golf course|
|Hunting||No hunting in a public park|
|Motorized mobility devices||Allowed to assist persons with a disability|
|Parking in parks||All vehicles must be in a parking lot|
|Posting of flyers||You can't distribute flyers or post notices in a park|
|Swimming||No swimming in a body of water adjacent to or within a park through a public park|
|Vandalism||You can't destroy or deface park property|
|Weapons||Weapons can't be possessed in a public park unless you have a conceal and carry permit|