Parks & Recreation

Please note that our sports complexes and facilities will remain closed at this time until we receive additional guidance from the CDC.  We are still monitoring the CDC guidelines and will re-evaluate summer camp on a daily basis. Once we can safely offer summer camp and follow the CDC guidelines we will let the public know.

We are grateful for your patience and understanding.

Visit our website www.stcloud.org or social media outlets for the latest summer camp announcements.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that physical distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.

Parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide.

We encourage all users to follow these recommendations when using our local parks, trails and open spaces:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Do not use playgrounds or other frequently touched surfaces.

Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE TREE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

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If you would like a copy of the St. Cloud Trails Master Plan adopted on July 13, 2017 by Resolution Number 2017-121R and/or a  copy of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan adopted on June 27, 2019 by Resolution number 2019-123R, please email:  parksandrecreation@stcloud.org