Located on the south central border of Brooklyn Park, Brookdale Park is one its largest community parks. Family friendly amenities include a playground, a trail system, space for picnicking, a basketball court, and a recreation building. In the winter, the city maintains outdoor skating and hockey rinks and there is good a sledding hill. PDF Description, Photo and Map of the park.
Winter at Brookdale Park
Brooklyn Park maintains outdoor skating and hockey rinks at this park. During winter break, it also opens a warming house. Warming house hours are December 22 to 31, 2017: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Christmas Day. Rinks are closed if the weather is dangerously cold or too warm to maintain ice.
The City recommends Brookdale for sledding. Click below to watch a video of kids sledding the Brookdale hill.
Birthday Parties at Brookdale Park
This park has a picnic shelter available to rent for private events, like birthday parties. It has a capacity of 50 people and can be reserved beginning in January of the same calendar year.
In the winter, rinks and warming houses are available to rent. For information more, please contact Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks at 763-493-8333.
Brookdale Park Trail System
The park has over two miles of trails that connect to Brooklyn Middle School & Park Center High School and Palmer Lake Nature Area. Its trails also link to Three Rivers Park District's Shingle Creek Regional Trail.
Taking the Family Dog to Brookdale Park
Brookdale is one of two dog parks in Brooklyn Park so dogs can exercise alongside their people and play with other dogs. The off-leash dog area is open year-round during regular park hours. In September, Brookdale hosts the annual Bark Park Expo and Wiggle Butt 5K. Northwest Community Television did a short piece on the expo a few years ago:
Future Updates to Brookdale Park
In its 2017 Park System Plan, the city notes that the basketball court at this park is currently in poor condition and sits on a bog. If maintained, it will need reconstruction, but the location may make it cost prohibitive. Other possible future updates include:
- Developing a trail to connect an existing trail to the trail that leads to the Shingle Creek Regional Trail;
- Converting an informal ball field into a tall grass area; and
- Creating a natural resource plan to both manage buckthorn and sustain native prairie and wild flower areas.