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Minneapolis closes all beaches and pools for the summer

By: - April 3, 2020 8:06 am

All public beaches in Minneapolis, including this one on Cedar Lake, will be closed for the summer. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

All Minneapolis public beaches and pools will be closed for the entire summer in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Restrooms and drinking fountains will also be closed, but public parks, athletic fields, dog parks and playgrounds will remain open.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the closure Thursday night, saying it was based on data and guidelines from Gov. Tim Walz.

“Based on the governor’s forecast and concern for the health and safety of park visitors and employees, the (park board) is bracing for a future that drastically changes services and programs this spring and summer,” the board said in a statement. “All plans are designed to ensure social distancing, prevent congregating and protect the health of the public and employees.”

The park board also cancelled all summer programs and team sports that don’t allow for social distancing as well as all of its events through August 31.


  • Beaches, wading pools and waterparks
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains
  • All recreation centers
  • Kroening Interpretive Center
  • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Visitor Shelter


  • Parks and trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Athletic fields and courts
  • Dog parks
  • Golf courses may reopen, once the governor authorizes it.

The park board also closed some streets to cars around lakes and the Mississippi River to allow for greater social distancing for runners, walkers and bikers.

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Max Nesterak
Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.