French Regional Park Pavement Rehabilitation Project

The Park District will begin a pavement rehabilitation project at French Regional Park on April 3, 2017 and is expected to be complete in November 2017 (see project calendar). The project includes reconstruction of the Park roads, parking lots, and trails, incorporation of pervious pavers for stormwater quality, and pedestrian bridge improvements. The project will be completed in three construction phases to allow the Park to remain open.

Contact the French Visitor Center at 763-694-7750 with questions.

Phase 1: April 3–June 30*

Roads, parking lots, and trails from the Visitor Center overflow parking lot to the Beach. The beach concrete will be removed and replaced.

Phase 2: July 5–Aug. 31*

Reservation picnic areas and Field Operations Center roads, parking lots, and trails.

Phase 3: Sept. 5–Nov. 3*

Roads, parking lots and trails from the County Road 9 entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot.

During Phases 2 and 3, Park users will enter the Park from a temporary entrance along 36th Ave. The temporary entrance will be removed at the end of construction.

All Phases: April–Nov. 2017*

Medicine Lake Regional Trail Detour.

*tentative schedule


Contact the French Visitor Center at 763.694.7750 with further questions.

Temporary Park Entrance

The park entrance at Rockford Road will be closed for construction through Nov. 3, 2017. A temporary entrance will be located at 36th Ave. N.

Visitor Center Open

Open daily from 9 AM–5 PM

The visitor center parking lot is closed until Nov. 3. The overflow parking lot is open and located just west of the temporary entrance.

The sidewalk leading up to the visitor center will have periodic closures through Nov. 3 due to the installation of new concrete. A detour walkway to enter the visitor center is established and marked with signage.

Boat Launch

Open daily from 5 AM–10 PM. 

Dog Walking Trail

A temporary dog walking trail has been established for use during construction.

Lagoon Trail

This 1-mile loop is paved and open, except for a short section between the Visitor Center parking lot and the first bridge. To bypass this unpaved section, travel southwest of the Visitor Center to utilize the turf trail and to reconnect with the paved trail.

Play Area Closed

The play area is closed for reconstruction and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. Learn more

More information

For further information, please contact Josh Bowe at 763.694.2063 or