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Discover a new outdoor play space! The Family Fun Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search directory is your one stop for the best Twin Cities Park Guide. We share some of the best playgrounds in the Twin Cities in this directory. We are so passionate about how awesome our parks are that we don’t want you to stop with 10 parks or even 150 parks! There are so many parks in the metro area, you could visit a new one every day for some free Twin Cities family fun and still not have seen them all in 5 years.

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Linden Hills Park, Minneapolis

Linden Hills Park, 3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
Admission: $0.00
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun. 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Linden Hills Park has family-friendly amenities that include a playground and tot lot, a wading pool and a grill for picnics. There are a variety of sports courts and fields, a drinking fountain and restrooms. This park is in the early stages of an improvement project. After a public comment period during the early fall of 2020, MPRB will begin the process of designing and building the updated park.

One view of the concept plan for new play areas at Linden Hills Park

Linden Hills Concept Plan. Image Courtesy Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.

Linden Hills Wading Pool

The wading pool, most recently updated in 2010, is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, between Memorial day weekend and Labor Day. If the temperature is still over 85 degrees at 6:00 pm, the pool will remain open an additional hour. Minneapolis wading pools are simple, unheated and unguarded pools. Visit MPRB's Pool Status Page for up-to-date information regarding which pools and water parks are open and closed.

Winter Activities at the Park

In the winter months, Linden Hills maintains outdoor skating rinks for both hockey and skating. There is a warming room and some free loaner skates available. The park hosts an annual Winterfest with skating, marshmallow roasting, a medallion hunt, horse-drawn wagon rides, free hot cider and face painting.

Linden Hills Recreation Center

The recreation center has public rooms that include a community kitchen, a craft room, a meeting room and a multipurpose room.

Birthday Parties at Linden Hills Park

The recreation center has room rental available for birthday parties. There are different permit requirements and special use fees, depending on the use. Contact the facility directly for more information.

Updates to Linden Hills Playground

MPRB will be replaceing the existing playground with natural-looking equipment that includes elements for climbing, swinging, sliding, and imaginative and cooperative play. The community requested that play equipment for older kids be connected to allow circuit play. Other updates will include:

  • A sand play area;
  • Updated play surfacing;
  • A play dome (if the project remains in budget);
  • Improved drainage;
  • ADA accessibility;
  • New safety fencing

Find more information and up-to-date timelines at MPRB's website.

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