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Phalen Park, Recreation Center and Beach, St Paul

1600 Phalen Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55106, United States
651-776-9833
Admission: $0.00
Beach Watercraft Rented for a Fee
Register for Programs Online or call (651) 793-3885
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tue. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wed. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thu. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fri. 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Sat. 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Sun. Closed
Currently Showing Rec Center Hours for Winter/Spring 2017-18.
Details:

Phalen Regional Park is an expansive park in the City of St. Paul. Its features include paved trails, a tot lot, a fire ring, a free beach, golf course, a recreation center, sports courts and barbecue grills which are located around the site. It is a beautiful park for family walks.

Phalen Park Beach

Phalen Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is located at 1000 E Wheelock Parkway.  Its one of the locations on the map below. The facility holds a large gym, a kitchen and a multi-purpose room. The Rec Center hosts weekly tot times. As with all recreation center activities, it is important to call ahead. Activities and hours are subject to change.

Free Summer Meals at Phalen

Phalen Park has been a Free Summer Meals site. Meals are 100% free to children under 18 who stop by during meal times. No sign up is required. Other meal sites are also conveniently located in many schools, parks and recreation centers. For more information, call 651-793-6600.

Phalen Park Beach & Splash Pad

Phalen Park Splash Pad

You will find the beach across the golf course from the Rec Center (also on the map below). It is free to use and open daily from June 9 - August 26, 2018. from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It offers beach volleyball and a locker room for changing. During the summertime the lake is the site of sailing lessons, swimming lessons, and canoe & kayak clinics.  Lifeguards are employed at this location. New in 2017, a splash pad has been erected adjacent to the beach. This is also free to use. 

St. Paul Changsha Garden in Phalen Park - Under ConstructionSt. Paul Changsha Garden in Phalen Park - Under Construction

In 2016, the Changsha sister-city China Friendship Garden was added to this park. This garden recognizes the sister city relationship between St. Paul and Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. The garden integrates Chinese garden design principles within the natural setting of Phalen Regional Park.

Construction began in July of 2018 during the Dragon Festival. A grand opening ceremony is expected in fall of 2018. .

“This project will strengthen Saint Paul’s longstanding friendship with Changsha and transform a section of Phalen Regional Park into a beautiful space for community members to connect with and celebrate our rich cultural diversity for generations to come,”

--Mayor Melvin Carter.


Outdoor Skating Rinks & Warming Room at Phalen Recreation Center

Rinks in St. Paul Parks are free and open from approximately mid-December through Mid-February, dependent on Weather and ice quality. However, this is one of four St. Paul Parks with refrigerated outdoor skating rinks, allowing it to open earlier in the season and stay open later into the spring. 

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