COVID-19: Three Rivers Updates and FAQs

At Three Rivers Park District, the health and safety of our park guests and employees is our top priority. We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are prepared to make adjustments as needed to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our community. We have policies in place to support our employees and are committed to providing a safe environment for our park guests. 

Below is important information about our operations and offerings. We will update this information as it changes. 

What is currently open?

The following facilities are open and available for recreation, as long as the 6-foot physical and social distancing requirements are followed:

  • All of our parks are open and free to access for general, self-guided recreation. The parks offer hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space to explore.  
  • Our regional trails are multi-use trails, providing opportunities for running, walking, biking and more.
  • Dog off-leash areas remain open, but visitors should spread out and refrain from gathering near the entrances and picnic tables. Passes are required for dog off-leash areas.

Note, some trails may need to temporarily close due to weather-related impacts that are typical this time of year. Check conditions for your activity before you head out. 

What is closed at this time?

All buildings – including nature centers, visitor centers, program centers, clubhouses and reservation facilities. All restrooms and drinking fountains are closed.

  • Play areas 
  • Campgrounds and camper cabins
  • Golf courses
  • Beaches and swim ponds
  • All programs, events and facility reservations are cancelled through Monday, May 4.

Other facilities, including archery ranges, disc golf courses, singletrack trails, horse trails and boat launches, are currently closed due to the spring conditions. We will continue to monitor the situation and the conditions to determine if and when to open these facilities.

Are you offering public programs?

No. All programs and events are canceled through May 4. Registration fees will be automatically refunded to those who signed up for a program during this time.

I am registered for a program or event this spring, what do I need to do?

All programs, events and facility reservations are cancelled through May 4. Affected guests will be contacted via email or phone to assist with rescheduling or refunding fees. If you have questions, email ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC and will adjust as needed.

I am registered for a program after May 4, will it still take place?

At this time, all programs and events are cancelled through May 4. This date is consistent with the Governor’s orders related to schools and hospitality-related businesses. We will continue to monitor the situation, follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC and will make decisions about future programs as soon as we can. 

However, if you are uncomfortable or unable to participate in a program, you can cancel without penalty. To cancel a program registration, email ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for assistance.

Are your summer camps going to go on as planned?

At this time, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer summer camps as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC and will adjust our plans as necessary. We will communicate any changes or additional information as soon as it is available.

I have reserved a park facility for an upcoming event, is it automatically canceled?

All facility reservations are currently canceled through May 4. A member of our team will be reaching out to affected guests to assist with rescheduling or refunding fees. If you have questions, email ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC with regards to groups and gatherings and will adjust as needed.

Can I still reserve facilities at your parks for my upcoming event?

No. Because all buildings are closed to the public through May 4, all facility reservations are also canceled during that time frame. Three Rivers staff will work with guests whose reservations are impacted to refund or reschedule.

Are recreation passes still required for certain activities at your parks?

Yes, while access to our parks’ general recreation areas is free, there are some activities that require a recreation pass. These activities include archery, disc golf, dog off-leash areas, horse trails and boat trailer parking lots. Purchasing day passes and annual passes is available only online at this time.

What activities are available this time of year?

There are numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors right now. 

How can I practice social distancing in the parks?

  • Spread out – keep distance from other park guests while on trails or in open areas.
  • Avoid visiting the parks if you are not feeling well or are displaying symptoms consistent with a respiratory disease.

Are there ways students can learn from Three Rivers while schools are closed?

Yes! The Three Rivers blog and The Wandering Naturalist podcast cover numerous nature, history, recreation and resource management topics. Our website also offers in-depth information on the following topics:

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are great resources for learning more about COVID-19.

News

  • March 27, 2020

    Allina Health Trail Mix Race has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 12. 

  • March 26, 2020

    Parks and trails remain open. All buildings, including restrooms and drinking fountains, are closed until further notice. Read on for more Three Rivers operations updates.