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Powderhorn Park is home to the annual Fourth of July Celebration, May Day Festival, and Powderhorn Arts Festival. This park offers picnic areas, a grill and restroom facilities, drinking fountain. Amenities include three playgrounds, a wading pool (currently closed), walking path, fishing spots, sports fields, a bike pump, a garden and a well with water pump. In the winter there is an ice skating rink and an unofficial sledding hill.
Ice Skating at Powderhorn Park
Minneapolis Parks open their ice rinks as soon as the weather allows and, weather permitting, keep them open until mid-February to accommodate Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day skating. Powderhorn has a rink and warming house. Among under updates, MPRB replaced two heat-exchanger units on the roof of the Powderhorn Recreation Center in the fall of 2017, promising a warmer season than last year. Find a full list of Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks here.
Sledding at Powderhorn Park
While MPRB does not officially endorse any sledding hills at Powderhorn, it is the home of the Art Sled Rally. With regard to sledding outside of its three official sites, MPRB states:
We recognize that sledding occurs at other parks on an “at your own risk” basis. While some parks are more sled-friendly than others, please use caution when using these non-designated sledding areas; never sled toward traffic and avoid hills with trees nearby.
Powderhorn Park Recreation Center
This recreation center is air-conditioned. Amenities include community gathering spaces, computer labs, gyms, craft rooms, meeting rooms and community kitchen.
Powderhorn Wading Pool
The new wading pool features bubblers, a water play feature, new fencing and pool deck, shade structure and benches. Minneapolis wading pools are open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day between 10 am and 9 pm daily. There are no lifeguards on duty.
The three playgrounds were all updated between the fall of 2016 and Summer of 2017, with a Grand Opening July 5, 2017. Updates included new playground surfacing and new accessible pathways.
Birthday Parties at Powderhorn Park
Room rental available for meetings,banquets and birthday parties.MPRB wants you to use your park facilities to their full potential! Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the centers and park spaces for self-directed activities. There are different permit requirements and special use fees, depending on the use. Make your child’s birthday party special! MPRB is committed to making your child’s birthday a fun and memorable event in the parks. Find more birthday party ideas in our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.
Free Summer Meals at Powderhorn Park
This park has participated in the summer meals program, offering a free meals to children under 18 years during the summer. Schedules for meal times at the various parks usually come out in early June and can be found here.