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

Beginning July 7th, the park entrance at Rockford Road will be closed for construction. A temporary entrance will be located at 36th Ave. N.

Visitor Center Open

August: 9 AM–8 PM Daily
September–December: 9 AM–5 PM Daily

The sidewalk leading up to the visitor center will have periodic closures between August 16th and August 25th due to the installation of new concrete. A detour walkway to enter the visitor center will be established and marked with signage.

Shuttle Service

Open daily through August 20th from 11 AM–8 PM
Closed August 21st through August 25th

Swimming Beach

Closed due to water quality issues. The water quality will continue to be monitored, and the beach will reopen if water quality improves.

Boat Rental Open

Daily through August 23rd: 10 AM–8 PM
Weekdays starting August 24th through Labor Day: 12 PM–8 PM
Weekends starting August 26th through Labor Day: 10 AM–8 PM

Boat Launch

Open daily through August 20th from 5 AM–10 PM. 
Closed August 21st through August 25th

Parking Stalls & Cul-de-Sac Area Near Beach

Between August 14th and August 19th, damaged curb and gutter will be removed and replaced along the roadway. A segment of the road west of the boat ramp entrance drive will be removed (both asphalt and aggregate base course) and replaced with new base course. The roadway removal will prevent vehicles from accessing the beach area (including the parking stalls and cul-de-sac).

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