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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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Northwest Como Recreation Center

1550 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55108, United States
(651) 298-5813
Admission: $0.00
Register for Programs Online or call (651) 793-3885
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tue. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wed. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thu. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fri. 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Sat. Closed
Sun. Closed
Currently Displaying Winter/Spring 2017-18 Hours. Recreational Center Hours Change Seasonally.
Details:

Northwest Como Recreation Center is a few blocks north of Como Park up Hamline Avenue. It has many amenities activities to offer families. Included in its offerings is a playground, sports fields and courts and an ice skating rink. It is part of the Chelsea Heights Elementary School building; the public is welcome any time to use the recreation center during open hours and the playground when it is not needed for students.

An interesting story behind the playground: it was remodeled in 2013 after the school's PTO led a 4-year effort to get funds, volunteers and sponsors behind new play equipment. HGTV, Lowes and Rebuilding Together Twin Cities were among the involved.

The result was a large climbing and sliding structure with an in-the-treetops theme. It's not a true nature playground, but it has some of the same elements.

New trees were planted when the playground underwent the remodel and will provide more shade in the years to come.

Birthday Parties at Northwest Como Recreation Center

Like most St. Paul Recreational Centers, this facility rents rooms by the hour for private events, including birthday parties. A list of prices is available HERE in PDF format. Rooms at this facility include a craft room, a medium-sized gym, a small kitchen, a meeting room and the warming room of the skate rink.

Outdoor Skating Rink and Warming House at Northwest Como Recreation Center

 Outdoor Skating Rink at Northwest Como Recreation CenterThe City of St. Paul provides an outdoor rink with a warming house at this park. St. Paul rinks are free and open to the public when weather and ice quality cooperate. Warming house hours areas follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to -4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays in December: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m; Sundays in January: 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Find up-to-date information on St. Paul Outdoor Rinks Here.

Free Summer Meals at Northwest Como Recreation Center

This location has served meals as part of Saint Paul Parks free summer meals program for children under age 18. Call 651-292-6508 to learn more about this program.

Open Gym & Tot Times at Northwest Como Recreation Center

Families can find open gym times and Tot times for St. Paul recreation centers through the links. However NW Como is not currently offering a tot time and open gym times are not consistent. Call 651-298-5813 for more information.

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Tot Times

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