I know that we thought winter would never end, but alas, it’s finally Memorial Day weekend, and that means swimming holes will open soon. Three Rivers Parks offers a couple of different swimming experiences. While they have a variety of traditional beaches that are swim-at-your-own-risk, two locations offer man-made swim ponds. Featuring filtered, chlorinated water and sandy beaches, the swim ponds offer all the advantages of a lakeside beach with the clean, treated water of a traditional swimming pool.
The swim ponds at Elm Creek Park Reserve and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park will open Memorial Day weekend. The swim ponds are open 9 a.m.–8 p.m. through Labor Day.
- Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond
11 a.m.–7 p.m., weekdays from June 6–Aug. 16
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekends and Memorial Day, May 23–August 16.
- Elm Creek Swim Pond
from noon–7 p.m., weekdays from June 6–Aug. 16
from noon– 8p.m. weekends and Memorial Day, May 23–August 16.
The swim ponds will be unguarded during all remaining open hours.
Admission for the swim ponds is $4 for a daily pass or $15 for a season pass. The swim ponds are free for children under age 1. Swimming at Park District lakeside beaches is free. Operators of group vans and commercial vehicles need to make reservations and pay parking fees; call 763-559-9000 to make reservations.
For sanitary reasons, children are not allowed to wear diapers in the water at Park District swim ponds or beaches. Rubberized swim briefs are required. Children must be under adult supervision at all times. Parents and guardians are reminded that the lifeguards on duty at Three Rivers swim ponds are no substitute for adult supervision.
Nothing says summer like a day at the beach! The beaches of Three Rivers Park District will open Memorial Day weekend. Beach hours are 9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Swimming is at your own risk and swimmers are reminded to stay within the designated swimming area at the following parks.
• Baker Park Reserve (main beach and south, campground)
• Bryant Lake Regional Park
• Carver Park Reserve (Lake Auburn campground beach)
• Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
• Cleary Lake Regional Park
• Fish Lake Regional Park
• French Regional Park
• Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
The weather is going to be beautiful so get out there and enjoy it with your family!