Park and Recreation Facility and Program Status

The City of Blaine is responding in many ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has had to implement some changes to normal park and recreation operations. Read below to learn about the current status of park facilities and recreation programming. This information could change frequently, please check back for the latest information. Please direct any additional questions to Recreation@BlaineMN.gov.

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Athletic Fields - City maintained fields are open for small household group use and organized team activities that are allowed under current executive orders. All youth sports organizations using city fields must have a safety plan reviewed by the city prior to field use and must adhere to the youth sports guidelines developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Baseball/Softball Fields - City maintained fields are open for small household group use and organized team activities that are allowed under current executive orders. All youth sports organizations using city fields must have a safety plan reviewed by the city prior to field use and must adhere to the youth sports guidelines developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Basketball/Tennis/Pickleball Courts - Basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts remain open for small household group use.

Beach (Lakeside Commons Beach) - Lakeside Commons Beach will officially open for the season on Friday, June 12. With the transition into phase three of Minnesota’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic additional outdoor activities are able to be open. City staff and the Blaine City Council moved to quickly open up this popular amenity for the community.

The city will take a phased approach to opening the beach amenities. Starting on Friday, the beach area will be open and there will be staff on site during beach hours, 10AM – 8PM daily. The beach attendants will to enforce beach rules and remind beach users to follow social distancing guidelines. Please note that the attached Lakeside Commons Park closes daily at 9PM, which is one hour earlier than other parks in the city.

At this time, only the beach will be open. The splash pad, boathouse, restrooms, volleyball court, and changing facilities will remain closed. The city is projecting a downturn in revenue due to COVID-19 and each amenity brings added costs in terms of staffing and operation. The city is glad to be able to open the beach and additional amenities will be evaluated as the season continues.

When using the beach and park please remember to maintain six feet of distance between other park users. Also please remember to pick up after your group when using the park. There have been several reports from park users and neighbors about large amounts of trash left in the park. Please help by picking up trash and putting it in the garbage and recycling cans.

Finally, the police department receives many calls each summer about individuals jumping off the nearby bridge into the lake. Jumping off the bridge is not allowed. Please make sure to report any jumping you see by calling the police.

Blaine Festival - The Blaine Festival committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blaine Festival. For more information, visit BlaineFestival.org.

City Hall Facility - Closed to the public until further notice.

Community Gardens - Open to registered gardeners using social distancing guidelines outlined in registration email to renters.

Courts - Basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts remain open for small household group use.

Fireworks - The funding source for the 4th of July fireworks is not available at this time. Revenue from charitable gambling is the funding source and there is currently no revenue stream due to the closure of bars and restaurants. The Blaine City Council prioritized the available funds in the charitable gambling fund to fulfill scheduled donations to Alexandra House, local food shelves, organizations serving the homeless. If funding is identified and large group gathering restrictions are changed there is a possibility of a late summer or fall fireworks show.

Football/Lacrosse/Soccer Fields - City maintained fields are open for small household group use and organized team activities that are allowed under current executive orders. All youth sports organizations using city fields must have a safety plan reviewed by the city prior to field use and must adhere to the youth sports guidelines developed by the Minnesota Department of Health. For more information on the National Sports Center visit, NSCSports.org.