Thompson County Park in West Saint Paul is a 50-acre park managed by Dakota County Parks. Family friendly amenities include a play areas, a large picnic area, Thompson Lake and wooded trails that connect to Kaposia Park and the Mississippi River Trail. The trails around Thompson lake were updated in 2019.
Inclusive Playground Coming Soon!
Dakota County is in the process of adding an inclusive playground, among other park updates. The new playground will be part of an accessible Linear Plaza that also includes picnic space and plantings. Other improvements include a new dock, benches and lighting, and new signage --both wayfinding and interpretive Dakota county hopes these updates "will enhance access to Thompson Lake, address needs due to increased use, expand programming and activity options, highlight ongoing restoration efforts, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act". Some areas of the park will be closed during this construction period.
Birthday Parties at Thompson County Park
The picnic shelter can be rented for $130-$150/day for birthday parties and other private events. The Dakota Lodge can also be reserved, but is priced for weddings and larger events so would probably not be practical for a child's birthday party.