Featured Venue Guidelines

At Three Rivers, we recognize that there is still a lot of uncertainty around events and gathering. Our team has worked hard to adjust our operations to meet the guidelines and recommendations laid out by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. The health and safety of our guests and staff remain our top priority.

Below are current guidelines on use of our Featured Venues. We will update this page as guidelines and recommendations change.

Rental Hours

All Three Rivers venues except Noerenberg Gardens can be reserved from 10 AM-11 PM.

Noerenberg Gardens can be reserved for ceremonies only and can be rented in shorter time frames. Our reservation staff can assist you in selecting a time frame.

Venue Capacity

Indoor Gathering Capacity

For all venues except Noerenberg Gardens, indoor capacity guidelines are: 

As of February 13, 2021:

  • Maximum of 50 people for indoor gatherings.
  • Tables are limited to no more than six people at one table and parties must remain six feet apart. 
  • A seating arrangement must be provided to the Sales & Event Specialist two weeks prior to the event.
  • Facilities will close by 11pm.  
Venue Maximum Guests for Indoor Gatherings
Elm Creek Chalet 50
Gale Woods Pavilion 50
Hyland Hills Chalet 50
Noerenberg Gardens 50
Silverwood Great Hall 50

 

Outdoor Gathering Capacity

  • Maximum of 50 people for outdoor gatherings.
  • Tables are limited to no more than six people at one table and parties must remain six feet apart. 
Venue Maximum Guests for Outdoor Gatherings
Elm Creek Chalet 50
Gale Woods Pavilion 50
Hyland Hills Chalet 50
Noerenberg Gardens 50
Silverwood Great Hall 50

Ceremonies

  • For Indoor or Outdoor ceremonies only where no food or beverages is served the maximum capacities are: 
Venue

Maximum Guests for

Indoor Ceremony Only 

Maximum Guests for
Outdoor Ceremony Only 
Elm Creek Chalet 60 60
Gale Woods Pavilion 138 138
Hyland Hills Chalet 160   250
Noerenberg Gardens 94 94
Silverwood Great Hall 88 88
  • Room flips are not available for indoor ceremonies.
  • Processionals and recessionals should be done in a manner that maintains at least 6 feet of distance between people from different households.
  • Practices during planned services, weddings and funerals should be adapted to avoid physical contact or passing objects between individuals (e.g. greetings, collection baskets, sharing of ceremonial objects).
  • Layout and flow must allow 6 feet of distance between households at all times.
  • Outdoor chairs must be spaced appropriately. Rentals are available at Elm Creek Chalet and Gale Woods Farm Pavilion. For other venues, outside companies must be used for chair rentals.

Guest Behavior

  • Guests should refrain from attending an event if they are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Guests should keep 6 feet between themselves and others at all times.
  • Event attendees are required to wear face coverings indoors.

Indoor Face Covering Mandate

  • Event attendees are required to wear face coverings indoors.
  • All Three Rivers staff, preferred caterers and vendors working at events are required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • A face covering may be temporarily removed in certain situations as long as 6-foot physical distancing is maintained:
    • To enable eating and/or drinking when attendees are seated and 6 feet apart from members of other households. Face coverings must be put back on when not eating or drinking.
    • When addressing or presenting to all event attendees.

Dancing

Dancing is strongly discouraged and not recommended at social gatherings or events. 

If you include dancing as part of your event, the following requirements must be followed: 

  • Everyone must wear face coverings while dancing at the event.
  • Limit the number of people on the dance floor to allow for 6 feet of distance between people from different households at all times. 
  • A dance floor will not be installed in any venue.
  • Encourage socially distanced line dancing or other forward-facing dances that allow for 6-foot social distancing.
  • If these requirements are not followed the facility has the right to stop the dancing portion of the event. 

Food & Bar Service

Food Service 

  • Food must be prepared and served by a Three Rivers Park District Preferred Caterer in accordance with applicable rules and regulations guiding the specific event.
  • Compostable products are preferred by caterers.
  • Caterers should use wrapped silverware and should not preset tables.
  • No food services or cake cutting/services is allowed at ceremony only events. 
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at Noerenberg Gardens

Bar Service

  • Bar service must have contactless payment or hosted bar service.
  • Compostable glassware must be used at the bar.
  • A fresh glass or cup will be used for every refill, and Three Rivers staff will remove used glasses from the table frequently.
  • No beverages or beverage services is allowed at ceremony only events. 
  • Last call for bar service will be 9 PM.

Entertainment

  • Bands, DJs and other music performances are allowed but must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between other performers and 12 feet from the audience. 
  • We encourage using the DJ's equipment for any speeches or ceremonies.
  • Lawn games, toys or shared activities are not permitted.