Update (March 25, 2020): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. The stay at home order allows for outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking or hiking while still maintaining physical distancing. Parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity, which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.
The City of St. Louis Park is not closing its parks, trails and open spaces and wants them to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. Follow these guidelines when using the parks and trails to minimize risk to yourself and others.
- Don’t use parks and trails if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals at all times.
- Prepare for limited availability of restrooms and water fountains.
- Playground structures are closed.
- Wash your hands before and after visiting the park.
- Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain physical distance.
Regional bike trails
Three bike trails, managed by the Three Rivers Park District, run through St. Louis Park. These trails connect to miles of additional trails running from Minneapolis to Chaska. For details about the regional trail system, contact Three Rivers Park District at 763.559.9000.
Cedar Lake Trail
This 3.6-mile trail links St. Louis Park to downtown Minneapolis. It has separate lanes for bikers and walkers.
Cedar Lake Extension Trail
This 4.3-mile paved trail connects the Cedar Lake Trail from downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins following the Hutchinson Spur rail line.
Cedar Lake Regional Trail
This 5-mile paved trail goes from the Kennilworth Trail near 31st and Chowen Avenue to 11th Avenue in Hopkins. It follows the rail line along Highway 7 and continues west through Hopkins to Chaska. The Southwest Trail also links east to the Kennilworth and Midtown Greenway Trails in Minneapolis.
*trail entrances are noted in the foldable city/trail map below.
Trail closure: Summer 2019 - fall 2021
The Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail will be closed from summer 2019 through fall 2021 due to impacts from construction of the Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit project. A detour will be in place that uses the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the local bicycle network to connect users with the Midtown Greenway during this closure period. Detour signs will notify trail users of alternative routes. The city has provided a detour map, and a system-wide detour map is available from the Metropolitan Council.
The trail will be fully reconstructed upon completion of the project and will include grade-separated crossings at Beltline Boulevard, Wooddale Avenue and Blake Road. For more information about the regional trail, contact Danny McCullough at email@example.com or 763.559.6746.
For additional updates, visit the Three Rivers Park District website.
- Obey all traffic signs and stop at all road crossings to look for cars.
- Trail users are required to stop and yield to motor vehicle traffic when crossing roadways.
- Travel on the right.
- Pass on the left, in single file only.
- When coming behind a trail user, warn individuals by using a bell or calling out, "passing on your left."
- If you stop, move off the trail.
- Dogs must be on a leash and under the owner's control at all times.
- If you're walking a dog, bring a plastic bag and pick up your pet's feces. Properly dispose in waste containers.