Nesbitt Preserve in Eden Prairie has family-friendly amenities that include a playground, bike paths, sports fields and courts and space to picnic. In the winter the city maintains outdoor rinks.
Ice Skating at Nesbitt Preserve
In the winter Eden Prairie maintains outdoor rinks at this location. Check the weather (952-949-8449, option 1) and bring your own skates. The warming house is staffed and the rink is lit on weekdays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Find more Twin Cities outdoor rinks (including some that rent skates) here.
Birthday Parties at Nesbitt Preserve
If you are a resident of Eden Prairie, the park building is available for rent for birthday parties and other private events. The daily fee is $100 to rent the building from 8am to 10 pm. If it is warming house season, it is available during non-public times for $30/hour. Find more details here.
Nesbitt Preserve Off-Leash Dog Park
Eden Prairie residents with licensed dogs can use the hockey rink as an off-leash dog park between April and October. Keep in mind, though, that children under six are not allowed in the off-leash area and the playground is located a good distance and across a road from the rink. This would not be an ideal park to multi-task exercising both dogs and small kids.