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Grand opening of the winter recreation area at Battle Creek Regional Park

After many years of community planning and advocating for the development of a winter recreation area at Battle Creek Regional Park, we are excited to announce the grand opening of this spectacular facility.

Battle Creek Regional Park becomes the first winter recreation area with machine-made snow in the East Metro. It provides access to recreation for the surrounding community and serves as a regional, statewide and national draw as a premier cross-country ski facility. In addition to 4K of lighted, machine-made snow trails for cross-country skiing, the recreation area includes two sledding hills and dedicated snowshoeing and hiking trails. Ski equipment rentals and a warming space are provided on-site thanks to a partnership with the city of Saint Paul. 

“We are so grateful to community members and legislators who helped make the winter recreation area possible for all Minnesotans,” said Parks & Recreation Director Mark McCabe. “This new area will serve people from across the state, support local residents and student athletes by fostering healthy winter activities, and improve community access building a love of the outdoors and a connection to nature while enjoying outdoor winter sports.”  

“Battle Creek Regional Park is surrounded by an economically and racially diverse area of Saint Paul,” said community advocate Chrissy Snider. “The neighborhood kids now have access to a world class facility built to spark joy for outdoor recreation in the winter, a time when many kids stay away from the outdoors. These accessible trails, fun hills and rental equipment invite families to try something new and gain confidence about being outside during the winter.”

A brief program and ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Speakers at the event include state and local officials and community advocates. A prototype of a plaque dedicated to Jessie Diggins will be unveiled and there will be a demonstration of the snowmaking equipment. 

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2023 - 8:30 a.m.