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 questions.

Shuttle Service

Weekdays through June 28, 4 PM – 8 PM
Weekends and June 29 - Labor Day, 11 AM – 8 PM

Swimming Beach Closed

The swimming beach is closed for construction through June 30, 2017.

Boat Rental

Closed June 19–28 for the installation of pavers and pouring of concrete near the rental building. During this time boat rentals are available at Fish Lake Regional Park from 10 AM–8 PM.

Boat Launch Open

The boat launch is open daily from 5 AM–10 PM. A brief weekday closure is anticipated during July or August during paving. Updates will be posted here.

Dog Walking Trail

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

Lagoon Trail

The trail will be closed to the picnic area through June 29, open weekends. 

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