COVID-19 Information for Parks & Trails
Help keep the community safe as you visit parks and trails this summer. Please carefully read this important information before visiting your local parks and trails.
DO NOT visit parks or trails if you are sick with, tested positive for COVID-19, or were recently (within 14 days) exposed to COVID-19.
DO NOT visit crowded parks or trails.
City of Forest Lake playgrounds are open for use at your own risk, as playgrounds are not sanitized. If you do choose to visit a playground, the Center for Disease Control recommends the following:
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from people you do not live with.
- Wait your turn; do not play on a crowded playground.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
- Children under the age of 2;
- Anyone who has trouble breathing;
- Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in closure of playgrounds.
The public swimming beach at Lakeside Memorial Park is currently open, with the following restrictions:
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from others, except for members of the same household. Do not attend the beach if it is overcrowded and social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Swimming is only allowed in designated swimming areas.
- Swim with caution and at your own risk; no lifeguards are on duty.
Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in closure of the swimming beach.
Center for Disease Control:
Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Public Health:
Outdoor Recreation, Facilities, and Public Guidelines
Parks and Recreation
The Forest Lake Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of the parks and trails system. Staff maintains 23 parks, 18 open spaces, 14 playgrounds and 13 ball fields in the community. The Park Directory contains an interactive map of all of the spaces maintained by the City of Forest Lake. Looking to reserve a facility, check out the facilities module for reservation availability and prices.
The Parks and Recreation Department also offers a variety of activities that are suitable for citizens of all ages and abilities.
The City of Forest Lake's Community Gardens are located in Tower Park, behind the Forest Lake Senior Center. Currently, there are 20 garden 10 x 10 garden plots that are leased out on an annual basis and the cost of each garden plot is $30.00 per season. The city will prepare the garden beds in the spring, mark the boundaries for each individual plot, and have water available on site. If you are interested in renting a plot, review the rental agreement and submit your application either online or in person at the Forest Lake City Center. Garden plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All Community Garden plots have been reserved for 2021.
- The Parks Department manages 251 acres spread across 23 parks.
- There are a variety of parks including Mini Parks, Neighborhood Parks, and Community Parks.
- Forest Lake contains many natural amenities in its parks including lakes and wetlands.
- Manages 20 plot Community Garden.
- Puts on 20+ events annually, including Arts in the Park and the Northern Lights Yoga Music and Paddlefest,