New Hope City Parks Offer Wide Variety of Outdoor Activities All Year Long
The city parks in New Hope offer opportunities for you and your family to explore and have fun outdoors all year long. Among the city’s 18 parks and 200 total parkland acres, there are ice sheets, a nine-hole golf course, and an outdoor aquatic park.
On a blustery late October day, New Hope Recreation Supervisor Aaron Thelen took CCX on a quick tour of some highlights that many people may not realize are within the city.
“We have some great amenities here. We have a handful of basketball courts, tennis courts, and play grounds,” said Thelen. “We have a par 3, nine-hole disc golf course right here in New Hope, and it’s a beautiful space.”
The course, at Sunnyside Park, allows players to venture into and out of the nearby woods.
“You can play in the summer, when it’s really nice out, in the fall, even in the winter,” said Thelen. “You can come out, even to just walk around.”
Thelen also highlighted Dorothy Mary Park, nestled among a neighborhood on the city’s north side.
“You don’t realize you’re in the city. It’s an all wooded, tree canopy area,” said Thelen. “There’s walking trails, there’s just a beautiful space to walk through and check it out.”
Dorothy Mary Park also features a small pond with a dock–a peaceful respite for anyone looking to disconnect, even for only a moment.
“If you just need a quiet place to walk, this is the place to be, as it’s very beautiful in the fall, and in the summer, and in the winter,” he said. “It’s just a great place to walk.”
Other highlights include the Urban Orchard Project the city began in 2019 at Little Acre Park, which is just north of Cooper High School. In partnership with Hennepin County, the city planted several dozen fruit-bearing trees.
“Between apple, pear, apricot, peaches, plums, cherry trees, they’re just starting to come to fruition now, so it’s kind of a neat little park to walk through and check out the fruit,” said Thelen.
The city’s skating and ice rinks at Lions, Liberty, and Hidden Valley Parks will also be open once its cold enough.
All information about New Hope’s city parks can be found here.