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tm swede hollow park
603 North St. Saint Paul, MN 55106
651-632-5111
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tue. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wed. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thu. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun. 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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At one point in St Paul’s history, Swede Hollow Park was home to vibrant immigrant communities. It is now a quiet park below the bustle of downtown, a streak of green in an otherwise urban setting. A multi-use trail loops along a trickle of a stream and, at its south end, links to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.

Swede Hollow Park, St Paul

A note to those considering bringing children along: at many points, a steep set of stairs is required to access the Hollow. There is no playground or other facilities (including water). As with all parks, exercise caution when visiting, particularly when the sun goes down.

Birding at Swede Hollow

Minneapolis Parks Foundation recommends this park for birding because of its natural areas and proximity to water. You’ll need to pack your own gear, but we have a birding checklist here.

Swede Hollow Master Plan

Stay tuned. Saint Paul is currently developing a master plan for this park. Objectives of this plan will be to:

  • Prioritize park access
  • Increase visibility and security
  • Manage natural resources
  • Consider ways to bring long-buried segments of Phalen Creek to the surface
  • Highlight historical and cultural aspects of the park.

Perennial Garden at Swede Hollow Park

Visitors in the summer months can check out the newly planted perennial garden at the Beaumont Avenue entrance. It was one of three perennial gardens added to Saint Paul parks in 2018. This garden focuses on native and pollinator-friendly plants, incorporating a  variety of species, some of which were already present in the landscape. The parks department tells us that while the garden started with an organized look, as it self-seeds over time, it will become more naturally intermixed in the future.

Perennial gardens were planted on Burns Ave, Swede Hollow, and Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary in 2018

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