Minneapolis Beaches Currently Open; Lifeguards on Duty Beginning June 9: Water Parks and Wading Pools Open Early June

The following notice has been issued by the Park Board:



As temperatures continue to rise into the heat of summer, the desire to cool off may be satisfied right in your neighborhood. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) offers many ways to beat the heat, including 12 beaches, 65 wading pools and two water parks.

Beaches are currently open, with lifeguards on duty beginning Saturday, June 9. Water parks and wading pools open early June. For more information about beaches, water parks, wading pools and other water recreation activities, visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org.


Beaches are open daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m., with lifeguards scheduled June 9–Aug. 19 at the busiest beaches during peak use. Beach preparations, including buoy placement and sand raking, are typically completed prior to Memorial Day Weekend.

MPRB beaches are located at Calhoun, Cedar, Harriet, Hiawatha, Nokomis and Theodore Wirth lakes.

Lifeguards are on duty beginning June 9 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily at East Cedar and Lake Calhoun Thomas beaches and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday–Sunday at Cedar Point, Lake Calhoun 32nd, Lake Harriet North, Lake Nokomis 50th, Lake Nokomis Main and Theodore Wirth Lake beaches. Lifeguards are not provided at Cedar South, Lake Calhoun North, Lake Harriet Southeast and Lake Hiawatha beaches.

Swimming docks are located at Cedar Point, Lake Calhoun Thomas, Lake Harriet North, Lake Nokomis 50th and Theodore Wirth Lake beaches.

The MPRB proactively monitors water quality at its beaches and takes action to close beaches if needed. Water quality data and beach closings are posted at http://www.minneapolisparks.org and the MPRB Beach Hotline at 612-313-7713 during the swimming season, June–August. The water quality of MPRB beaches is typically very good and rarely results in beach closings.


Before opening for the season June 9, Jim Lupient Water Park will host a special Preview Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 2–3. During the Preview Weekend, the water park, located at Northeast Park, 1520 Johnson Street Northeast, will be open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (weather permitting). Admission is $6 over 42”; $5 under 42”; children two and under are admitted free. Adjacent to the water park, admission to the 18-hole Grand Rounds Miniature Golf Course is free during the Preview Weekend with a paid water park admission or the purchase of a water park season pass. Available only during the Preview Weekend, those who buy a season pass will receive a punch card that allows for five free guest admissions to the water park during the summer. Season pass holders also benefit by having access to reduced miniature golf course admission rates of only $1 per day during the regular season. Jim Lupient Water Park features three large water slides, a tube slide, a log water walk, interactive sprayers, lap swimming lanes, and zero depth entry. Younger children can enjoy a separate spray pool. Other amenities include colorful shade structures, concessions, a grassy sun-bathing area and outside shower towers and lockers. The regular season at the water park is June 9–Aug. 26. Hours are Monday-Friday 1–8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. For more information on fees, season passes, swim lessons and facility rentals, visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-370-3989.

The North Commons Water Park, managed and operated by YMCA Greater Twin Cities, is open June 7–Aug. 26. Hours are Monday–Friday Noon–8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Located in North Commons Park, the water park features speed and loop slides, a shallow water pool, water playground, geysers and funbrellas. For more information about fees, season passes and facility rentals, contact the YMCA at 612-588-9484, or visit http://www.ymcatwincities.org.

The Webber Pool, which was built in 1979, is scheduled for demolition and construction of a new, natural edge aquatic facility is slated to begin later this summer. The new pool facility will use a natural wetland filtration system, eliminating the need for chlorine, and have a natural pool edge with spaces for lap swimming, wading and open swimming. Construction on the pool project is expected to be completed for the 2013 swim season. For further information about the Webber master planning process and the new pool, visit the park’s project page: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1286 or sign up to receive email updates: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1086


Many of the MPRB’s 65 wading pools are located near playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields, walking paths and restrooms. Wading pools at North Mississippi Park and Wabun Picnic Area open June 2 while all other wading pools, excluding the pool at Farview Park, are scheduled to open June 6. The Farview Park wading pool is currently under renovation and is expected to open in August. Most pools remain open through Labor Day. Lifeguards are not on duty at any of the MPRB’s wading pools. To find a wading pool near you, visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-230-6400.


Swimming lessons for various ages and skill levels are available at Jim Lupient Water Park, Lake Calhoun Thomas Beach and Lake Nokomis Main Beach. Two-week sessions are held June–August with eight lessons per session. Lesson fees are $45 for Minneapolis residents and $55 for non-residents. Register for swim lessons online at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/register.


Swimmers ages 18 or older can train on courses outside of buoyed swim areas during designated times under lifeguard supervision at Lake Calhoun and Lake Nokomis.

Open-water swimming technique coaching and training is available at Lake Calhoun North Beach, courtesy of OptumHealth Performance. Events and clinics are scheduled Thursdays from 5–8 p.m., June 14–Labor Day for $5 per session. Register online at http://www.optumhealthperformance.com or the day of an event.

Free, authorized, independent open-water swim opportunities are available Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. June 12–Aug. 14 at Lake Nokomis Main Beach.


For more information about water recreation activities, including boat rentals, river cruises, fishing and sailing and logrolling lessons, visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org.or sign up to receive email updates: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1086