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.

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

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

Shuttle Service

Daily through Labor Day: 11 AM–8 PM

Swimming Beach

Daily through Labor Day: 9 AM–8 PM

Boat Rental Open

Daily through Labor Day: 10 AM–8 PM

Boat Launch 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

This 1-mile loop is paved and open, with the exception of a short section between the Visitor Center and the first bridge. To bypass this unpaved section, travel southwest of the visitor center 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