Washington County Parks remain open for residents to use during the Stay At Home order in Minnesota, and, with the full arrival of spring, the county will reinstate fees for park entrance. The fees were waived during the recent state of emergency. With the growing use of the parks with the warm weather, entrance fees of $7 daily and $30 annually will be reinstated. The parks have seen increased use in recent weeks, and it is becoming more difficult to manage the number of park visitors. High usage has led to increased costs for maintenance by park staff and to ensure the safety of all visitors.
Other changes in parks operations:
- restrooms are open at Big Marine Park Reserve Beach and playground, Square Lake Park Beach, and Point Douglas Park Beach;
- the Historic Courthouse will open to the public on July 1. Rentals will begin July 13 at 50% maximum capacity;
- county swim beaches opening at Square Lake Park, Point Douglas Park, and Big Marine Park Reserve be delayed until June 8;
- the Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve Swim Pond will be closed for the 2020 season;
- rentals for parks shelters and group campsites will be canceled through June 15;
- pavilion rentals can commence for social gatherings with 25 people or less.
The county will provide a full refund to anyone who has a site reserved that will now be impacted by this extended closure. Cancellation of park rentals could be extended based on safety parameters or operational considerations.
More information can be found here.