July 27, 2015 Josh Sprague

Edina Parks & Recreation

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Edina has nearly 40 award-winning parks and recreational facilities. Edina prides itself on providing premiere public facilities. If you are a kid growing up in Edina, Minnesota, it doesn’t get much better than this. Whether you are looking to play a pickup game of basketball or looking for a place to tear it up on a skateboard, Edina has it all. Here are the parks I recommend for each kind of activity.

Skate Boarding


If you are looking for a place to skateboard, the YMCA skatepark is where it’s at. Whether you are a vertical or a street skater, the YMCA skatepark has it all.  The YMCA Edina skatepark has a concrete bowl that includes a 5 foot, 8 foot, 10 foot and 12 foot section. It also has a spine to jump or grind over. For street skaters, this skatepark includes a box and some rails for you to do some tricks on.




Minnesota is the state of hockey. No city takes this more seriously than Edina. Edina has one of the top high school teams in the country. The Hornets consistently rank in the top 10 and have had many state hockey tournament appearances. It only makes sense for Edina to have lots of skating rinks. If you are looking to get your kids involved in Edina hockey, Braemar Arena is the place to go. Braemar has three indoor ice arenas and just made an outdoor ice arena. Braemar has ice times and teams for all ages. Outdoor skating is a huge tradition growing up in Minnesota. If you are looking to play some outdoor puck, Edina has plenty of rinks to play. Just about every school has a rink. If you are older or a little more advanced, you would probably want to check out Arden, Lewis, Highlands or Walnut Ridge rinks. If you are a little younger or not as experienced, Cornelia, Countryside, Creek Valley, and Strachauer are the rinks for you.




If you are looking to play a pickup game of basketball, just about every Edina school has an outdoor basketball court. All you have to do is communicate with your friends and walk up to the nearest park. Edina schools usually have a few different size hoops.




If you are out for a walk, there are a few beautiful parks to walk around. Centennial Lakes Park is a 24 acre park and it is one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Arneson Acres includes The Edina Historical Society building and 13.2 acres that were donated to the City of Edina by Morton and Katherine Arneson in the late 1970s, and features manicured gardens, a three tiered fountain, rolling hills, and pure green space that is a great place to relax and enjoy nature. Lastly, take a nice walk or bike ride around the paved trails of Lake Cornelia, and stop for a quick playground romp at nearby Rosland Park.




When it is summertime and the weather is hot, where do you go? The Edina Aquatic Center! The Edina Aquatic Center has an Olympic-sized pool with diving boards, a big body and tube slide, zip line, and swim area. The Edina Aquatic Center also has a smaller pool for younger children. This includes shallow water, slides, swings and more. This is a great place to take your kids in the summer.




If you are looking for a place to golf, Edina is the place to be. Braemar Golf Course has been one of the most popular public golf courses in the United States. It has been ranked as the #1 Public Golf Course in Minnesota by Golf Digest and among the top 75 in the nation in the same category. During the winter time, visit the Braemar Golf Dome to work on your driving and chipping. If you are looking to play mini-golf, Centennial Lakes has a great mini-golf course.

Parks for Kids


There are plenty of parks where you can take your kids to play. I believe almost every school has a park with slides, monkey bars and swings. Walk up to the nearest park with your kids and have some fun.

Parks = Quality of Life

Whether you are a kid, teenager, or an adult, Edina has all the parks you will need. I have four beautiful children and they are always asking me to take them to the park to play hockey, football, soccer, and many other activities. I also take nice walks with my wife around Centennial Lakes and Arneson Acres which are two of the most beautiful parks in the country. I honestly believe this is one of the best cities in the country, and the parks and recreation facilities are a huge part of what creates and sustains the high quality of life here.

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