Parks & Trails
COVID-19 Status - Updated 3/27/20 3:30PM
All Parks buildings, including restrooms and drinking fountains, will be closed until further notice. Seasonal facilities, including play areas, campgrounds, group camps, golf courses and disc golf are also closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and assess what is feasible to open and when.
As happens this time of year, some trails may also need to periodically close due to weather-related impacts. The latest information on what is open and what is closed can be found on our website. Consistent with the Governor’s orders to extend the distance learning timeframe, all programs, events and reservations will be canceled through Monday, May 4. Guests impacted by these cancellations will be contacted via email or phone with additional information on refunds and rescheduling.
Updates regarding access to Scott County’s regional parks and trails and regional park buildings are provided by Three Rivers Park District, the County’s operating partner: https://www.threeriversparks.org/
Until further notice, all business with the County parks and trails staff who provide face to face service at the Government Center is being done only through email and phone:
About the Park System
In 2004, Scott County became the tenth Regional Park implementing agency for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a new implementing agency, we are beginning a process that will create a park, trail, and open space system that enhances the health and spirit of our residents and our guests by connecting people to the natural world.
Scott County is home to Cleary Lake, Spring Lake, Cedar Lake Farm, and Doyle-Kennefick regional parks, as well as Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve and the Scott West Regional Trail. Under a joint powers agreement, Scott County and Three Rivers Park District combine resources to collectively operate all regional parks and trails in the county.
Regional Park Process
Scott County is a regional park implementing agency of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Funding for Scott County’s regional parks and trails master planning has been provided through a grant received under the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Act, in which 14.25% of the funds generated from the 3/8% increase in the state sales tax will provide funding for regional and state parks and trails.