Thoresen Park is a small neighborhood park located in the southeast corner of Maple Grove. While it is actually a pretty small park with limited amenities, it is a popular local park because it borders beautiful Eagle Lake, which is a nearly 300 acre lake, and is home to the Eagle Lake Community Building - a rentable gathering space.
4 Ideas for Family Fun at Thoresen Park:
- Get a workout on the Playground. This is not a large playground, but it does have some more challenging aspects that can make it a workout for adults who want to play along with their kids. Otherwise, there is a sunny bench to rest on while the kids run themselves down.
- Play some fun lawn games. The multi-use ballfield is mainly a large grassy area, so it is ideal for outdoor games that require more space, like tag, kickball, or dodgeball.
- Go fishing from the shoreline. The DNR lists the following species in Eagle Lake: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, shorthead redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, brook silverside, central mudminnow, golden shiner, Johnny darter, spottail shiner, tadpole madtom
- . Ice Skate during the outdoor skating season. The field is converted to an ice rink during the colder months.
Birthday Parties at Thoresen Park
This park is home to Maple Grove's Eagle Lake Community Building. Families can reserve this mid-century style building for private events, like birthday parties. For non-residents. the rental price is comparable to other venues, but is a particularly good deal for Maple Grove residents. Find current information here. There is seating for over 45 guests and it offers an accessible kitchen, indoor restrooms and heating and air conditioning. There is also an outdoor deck to enjoy the view of the park.
Winter at Thoresen Park
This rink does not have an attended shelter building. However, the Eagle Lake Community Building is available to rent year round and could be rented for a skating party. Otherwise, Maple Grove maintains eight free community skating rinks that do have attendants and warming houses. You can find a list of those locations here.
Outdoor skating is dependent on the weather and other factors. Call 763-494-5959 for prerecorded messages, which are updated daily at 4pm.