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Hyland Lake Park, Bloomington

8737 East Bush Lake Road Bloomington, MN 55438
763-694-7687
Admission: $0.00
Some activities have fees
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Details:

Hyland Lake Park Reserve is part of the larger Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve, managed cooperatively between the City of Bloomington and the Three Rivers Park District. Richardson Nature Center is also found at Hyland Lake.

Chutes and Ladders Playground at Hyland Lake Park Reserve - Closed July 15th for the Remainder of 2019.

Hyland Play Area is unofficially known as "Chutes and Ladders Park". Anne has written more about it in her article, 10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park. Three Rivers has announced that Hyland Play Area is closed for construction for the remainder of the 2019 season, but it should reopen in the Spring of 2020. Learn more about the project.

Disc Golf at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

The park offers a small 3-hole disc golf practice area near the Hyland Visitor Center. The practice area is free to use and does not require a pass.

Birthday Parties at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

During the warmer months of May through September, families can schedule Creative Play Parties in 2.5-hour blocks. They $80.00 fee includes use of the Hyland Play Area and 2 picnic tables for up to 24 guests. Parties can be scheduled on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or on weekdays after 3:00 p.m. This is a DIY party. Brink your own refreshments and party accessories. Piñatas and grills not allowed. Reusable blue table cloths and onsite composting and recycle bins are available. Call 763-694-7687 to book a time or for more details.

Trumpeter Swans at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

The Three River’s Park District’s Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project began in 1966 with the Trumpeter Swan Society lending their support beginning in 1968. While Minnesota now boasts over 12,000 swans, before the program began with a single pair, there had been no Trumpeter Swans in the area for generations. Now these birds build nests in Hyland as well as other local parks. When visiting, the park district asks guests to respect the swans and their environment by following park rules, only using designated trails, and avoiding close contact or feeding of these wild birds.

Trumpeter Swans at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

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Minnesota has these, too! And during our short summer, we want to take advantage of them as much as possible! best In fact, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Parks are some of the best outdoor playgrounds twin cities - actually in the country. They win awards - every year! Look and See. Every. Single. Year. So get out to our area parks, make up some fun games to play.

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