Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
These are the most commonly asked questions that Three Rivers Park District answers. If you have a question that is not listed, feel free to call us at 763.559.9000 or contact us online. You may also find it helpful to review our Ordinance.
Yes. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and accessibility for all participants. Most park buildings are wheelchair accessible, and all parks have wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities.
Effective March 15, 2011, the Park District allows appropriate Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs) in parks and trails to assist persons with mobility disabilities to more fully enjoy park areas, facilities and trails. Learn more.
Yes. Beer and wine are allowed in the park (beer must be in cans or bottles). A keg permit is available for some reservation sites. Hard liquor is not allowed.
No. Under the guidance of our Natural Resources division, we do not allow animals to be released in the Park District. This policy is in place for the safety of the animals as well as human visitors. In many cases, released animals have difficulty finding food and avoiding predators. Individual animals that are accustomed to contact with humans may become nuisances to park users and neighbors. Additionally, released animals may introduce disease organisms into our native animal populations.
Dogs are permitted on paved, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails. Dogs must be on a non-retractable leash no more than six feet long and owners must clean up after them. Please be courteous and keep your pet from interfering with other trail users. Violators will be fined.
There are many ways you can give to the Park District. We welcome financial donations or gifts of time through our volunteer program.
Three Rivers Park District supports hundreds of charitable events and organizations each year through in-kind donations. Requests are considered on an ongoing basis and must be made at least four weeks prior to the event date. Items are provided for charitable fundraising activities including silent auctions and raffles. A valid tax ID is required, and the requesting organization must be based in the Twin Cities seven-county metro area. Get more information.
Yes. Three Rivers Park District gift cards can be used to purchase any service, program, or merchandise item at most Park District facilities that accept credit cards. Gift cards can be purchased at the Park District Administrative Center, Hyland Hills Ski Area, golf facilities, nature centers and most visitor centers. For more information or to purchase gift cards by phone, call 763.559.9000.
Yes. Certain trails are designated for horseback riding. Riders age 12 and older must have a horse trail pass.
Three Rivers Park District owns parkland on three islands on Lake Minnetonka: Wild Goose Chase Island, Wawatasso Island and a portion of Big Island. All of these areas are undeveloped and do not have drinking water or toilets available. Picnicking is allowed at designated sites. Camping or overnight use is not permitted on any of the islands. The Park District does not provide transportation to or from the Lake Minnetonka islands. See more information.
Yes. Parks for All People is a program initiated through cooperative agreements with Hennepin County and Scott County. Qualified recipients of county economic assistance can receive applications for free swim passes and cross-country ski passes. Forms can only be issued by county economic assistance departments and must be redeemed by mail or in person at Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center.
Please call the Wildlife Rehab Centerin Roseville at 651.486.9453 where volunteers can assist with the care of injured or orphaned animals 7 days a week. For injured raptors, please call The Raptor Center in St. Paul at 612.624.4745.
Three Rivers Park District owns and operates Cleary Lake Regional Park and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in Scott County. Although Scott County has historically contributed funding towards operating these parks, the County Board launched its own regional park efforts in 2004 and now owns Spring Lake, Doyle-Kennefick, and Cedar Lake Farm regional parks, as well as the Scott West Regional Trail. Under the joint powers agreement, Scott County and Three Rivers Park District will combine resources to collectively operate all regional parks and trails in the county.