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The St. Louis Park Rec Center features an outdoor aquatic park, two indoor ice arenas—and meeting and banquet facilities. It also includes a picnic area, full-service concession stand and locker rooms.
Indoor Public Skating
The Rec Center offers indoor public skating. Find schedules here. Prices are as follows:
- $3.50 per person (youth and senior)
- $4 per person (adult)
- $30 for 10-pass punch card (youth and senior)
- $35 for 10-pass punch card (adult)
- $3 skate rental
- $5 skate sharpening
Recreation Outdoor Center (ROC) at St. Louis Park Rec Center
The ROC is the outdoor recreational facility located portion of The Rec Center. Amenities include a covered ice rink in the winter and covered turf in the spring. Special events, such as the spring egg hunt and ice cream social are also held here.
Little Tot Playtime at St. Louis Park Rec Center
This season tot times run from early November through early May 4, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 1.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 5 and their parents can enjoy unstructured playtime in the Banquet Room. The cost is $2 at the door (or $40 for a 30-session pass).
The rec center also offers a structured Creative Play program for ages 3-5, where parents can learn about preschool development while playing by using storytelling, improv, mindfulness and collaborative activities. This program requires registration and a commitment.
Birthday Parties at St. Louis Park Rec Center
The recreation center has rooms available for rent for birthday parties and other private events.
Indoor Ice Skating Party
During open public skating sessions, either the Gallery or the Banquet Room can be rented for private parties. Each party will include two hour use of a room and admission to open skating for up to 15 people. Skate rental will be available for an additional $3 per pair.
Saint Louis Park Water Park - Closed for 2019 Season
The aquatic park consists of a pool with spray features and water slides. It offers plenty of seating and some shade umbrellas. Other family-friendly features include a zero-depth entry, a toddler side in the shape of a whale, and a sand and water play area. Bigger kids will like the 12-foot drop slides, the 350' water slides and the aqua obstacle course. There is space to picnic in the grass and a full concession stand. Daily admission is $9.50/pp with twilight specials and season passes available.
The Obstacle Course includes a ramp, bridge, balance pond, slide, cliff and a corner base and is open on Mondays from 1:15 to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:15pm to close.
- June 1 - July 31st.: Weekdays: 11am-8pm; Weekends: 11am-7pm (early close on July 4th)
- August 1-August 26th: Daily: 11am-7pm
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Aquatic Center Concession Stand
The aquatic center has a concession stand open on weekdays that offers hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers, corndogs, mini-donuts, ice cream treats, beverages and more.
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