Brooklyn Park Reopens River Park with Revamped Trails, Picnic Area
River Park, near the Mississippi River, will reopen this weekend. The city of Brooklyn Park had closed River Park for community access since last September.
Now, work is completed. The project includes a new walking loop with trail connections to the West Mississippi River Regional Trail. There’s also a large new picnic area in the south end of the park. And there is improved water access with a boat cleaning station near the boat launch.
“There’s been restoration to our nature area on the other side of park. A scenic overlook that has been added. As well as four fishing piers, a kayak and paddle share built to make it a little bit easier to get your kayak to the river. Or if you want to do a rental for the paddle share down into the river as well,” added Jake Patton with the Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Department.
A ribbon-cutting celebration is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday that includes music and food trucks. There will be demonstrations on how to use the Paddle Share kiosks. There will also be demonstrations on kayaking and pickleball, a fishing clinic, and more.
Patton said the grand reopening is meant to be a community-wide celebration.
There’s also been improvements to the nearby Mississippi River Gateway Regional Park operated by the Three Rivers Park District. That park had its grand reopening last year.