Blackhawk Park is a large park in Eagan with family-friendly amenities that include a large play area with multiple play structures, trails for walking and biking, fishing and a good-sized picnic pavilion. During the summer month's Eagan's Puppet Wagon Program makes a stop at this park.
10 Ideas for Family Fun at Blackhawk Park
- Let the kids run around on the large playground. Parents can join in if they need some exercise, but there are also plenty of benches to watch from the side lines. Kids will enjoy the sand pit floor and equipment designed for a variety of age and skill levels.
- Bring Your Volleyball. The Park has a sand court.
- Consider bringing your bikes. However, you can also walk the paved walking/biking paths.
- Cross Blackhawk Lake on the boardwalk bridge. The bridge is picturesque and perfect to spark a child's imagination.
- Take Your Canoe Out on the Water. This park has a canoe launch. The park does not rent canoes, but if you plan to visit often, you can rent a rack for the season to store your own canoe.
- Pack a picnic. You can even bring charcoal and foods to grill on the permanent charcoal grill.
- Go Fishing. Learn more in Eagan's Neighborhood Fishing Guide PDF or Blackhawk Lake's DNR Page.
- Play a Game of Bean Bags. Bring your own bean bags, but you will find permanent concrete boards.
- Ponder over the Public Art Bench. Learn more below.
- Book the Pavilion for a Family Party.
Playing Bean Bags at Blackhawk Park
The City has installed two sets of permanent concrete bean bag boards (aka Cornhole) by the pavilion. As long as the pavilion is not being rented, it is open to park visitors to use. Bring your own bean bags. If you don't have bean bags, Anne has tested and verified that Beanie Babies work great.
Note that these boards are set up for adult players. Kids may find it difficult to toss the distance that is set and these concrete boards can't be moved.
We found an instructional video in case you need to learn or refresh yourself on the rules.
Eagan Public Art Benches
Eagan is known for trees, and trees start out as sprouts! This piece is about growth, I envision people interacting with it, becoming part of the piece. The piece will be a unique part of the surrounding area. It will easy to describe for a meeting place, and I hope for it to become a landmark. The bench design is a blend of organic and architectural forms. It is living and growing, and constructed at the same time.
--Ben Janssens, Artist
The open-air pavilion can be rented for private events, such as birthday parties from mid-April through early October. It seats between 80-150 guests and offers access to water, electricity, charcoal grills, an outdoor fire pit and a kitchen. Choose between a full or half-day rental. Find up-to-date rental information here.
Find More Ideas for Birthday Parties in Parks Here: Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Party in the Park.
Video Tour of Blackhawk Park
Eagan has created a video tour of this park. You can watch it below