We round up the five most popular Maple Grove public parks.
Within Maple Grove’s more than 50 sprawling parks, residents are sure to find everything from a peaceful escape into nature to an activity-filled day of playgrounds, all-season recreation, sandy beaches and nearly 400 programs to engage your family from sunrise to sunset. Here’s a list of five community favorites.
The nationally recognized 53-acre park provides entertainment for all ages and every season. Get active on the gigantic playground and climbing wall, splash in the interactive spray fountain, visit the ice-skating loop (with skate rentals available) equipped with a warming house and fireplace, or utilize the free equipment checkout featuring pickleball, bean bags, bocce ball, and Crokicurl (a large-scale hybrid of curling.) The park’s .83-mile trail loop connects to 55 miles of Maple Grove trails. Reserve the beautiful wedding garden or stroll along the labyrinth designed by Lisa Gidlow Moriarty. Central Park is also home to the Maple Grove Veteran’s Memorial and Maple Grove Lions Foundation Concert on The Lawn held every September.
1200 Central Park Way
At 18.7 acres, the four rectangular athletic fields of synthetic turf boast the largest contiguous piece of turf in North America. Kids enjoy the playground equipment with cool play technology—the turf stays 20 degrees cooler in the sun than normal playground turf.
14401 99th Ave. N.
Maple Grove Arboretum
Connecting to the Rice Lake and Medicine Lake regional trails, this arboretum showcases more than just unique plants. The 19-acre arboretum also grows sponsored plants and trees in remembrance of loved ones and the Angel of Hope statue provides a place of healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Head to the north end to see the dam on Elm Creek or fish off of the pier.
9400 Fernbrook Lane N.
Town Green is popular for Sounds of Summer, a free music concert series at the amphitheater near the water’s edge, and nearly 40 other summer events including Friday outdoor movies at dusk. A unique feature of the music plaza is the incorporation of six weather resistant instruments for public use: African drums, contrabass chimes, a glass marimba, pagoda bells, sunset yantzee (similar to a xylophone) and swirl chimes. Fully accessible to all, you can also rent the meeting room, the pergola on the peninsula, the small stage on the lawn, the bandshell or the park plaza.
7991 Main St.
Weaver Lake Beach & Lower Park
Grab your swim bag, cooler, rod and reel, because nothing screams Minnesota summer like a picnic, fishing pier and a free lifeguarded lakeside public beach. There’s also plenty of action out of the water—basketball, volleyball, tennis, horseshoe, space net, pedestrian and cycling trails, playground, ballfields, grills and concessions—all spread out over 80 acres of natural wooded park. Or enjoy ice skating and a warming house in the winter.
8401 Maple Grove Parkway