Parks, Pavilions & Playgrounds
Many parks in the area provide places to access the water and the Heartland State Trail. Some have swimming beaches, fishing piers, playground equipment, picnic shelters, tennis courts and other amenities to enjoy.
Heartland Park, drive east on Hghway 34 across the Fish Hook River bridge, turn north on Mill Road and follow the river until you reach the park entrance. The park offers boat access to Fish Hook River and Lake, a swimming beach on the river, hiking trail, two picnic shelters, playground equipment, a hacky sack court, a softball field and public restrooms. The Heartland Trail edges the park.
For more information see: http://www.co.hubbard.mn.us/Public Works/agparks.htm
Park Rapids City Parks:
DEPOT PARK, located between East 3rd Street and East 5th Street. Tennis courts, a skateboard park, swings, picnic tables, water fountain, public restrooms, playground equipment and a shelter area.
DEANE PARK, located on Eagle Point Drive, north of Park Rapids on Fish
Hook River and Fish Hook Lake. A 3-acre park with a beach on the lake, concrete grills, dock, a picnic shelter and primitive restroom facilities.
LINDQUIST PARK, located between West 5th Street and West 6th Street. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, drinking fountain, playground equipment and athletic field.
RED BRIDGE PARK, located on Beach Road near Downtown Park Rapids and connected to the Heartland Trail. Paved walking trail to Heartland Park, picnic tables.
OLSON BALL FIELDS, located on West 8th Street. Baseball field complex with concession stand.
RICE PARK, located on South Grove Avenue. A 3-acre park with picnic shelter and access to the river and the Mill Pond above the dam.
For more information see: http://ci.park-rapids.mn.us/parks.asp
Parks in Surrounding Communities:
Lake George Community Park, located 14 miles north of Park Rapids on County 4 and west on Hwy 71/200 approximately 3 blocks. The park has a swimming beach, baseball field, picnic tables, picnic shelter, playground restrooms and public access to Paine Lake.
Nevis City Park and Beach, west on Beach Road from Paul Bunyan Drive, Nevis. Playground equipment, picnic tables, swimming beach on Lake Belle Taine and restrooms.
Muskie Park on Paul Bunyan Drive, Nevis. Picnic tables, pavilion and playground as well as a Veterans Memorial with a lighted flagpole, flower bed, honorarium benches and walkway.
Akeley City Park on Hwy 34. Picnic tables, shelter, Paul Bunyan Historical Society Museum, Paul Bunyan's statue and Paul's Cradle.
Akeley City Beach & Campground, Hwy 34 to Akeley, then follow signs. Public access to 11th Crow Wing Lake, shelter, picnic tables, fishing, boat landing and campground.
Osage Lions Parks on Straight River, south of Straight Lake and on the west side of Straight Lake. Picnic shelters, restrooms and more.
St. Urho Park, US Hwy 71, Menahga. Home of the statue of St. Urho, the legendary patron saint of Finland and the place where citizens celebrate their Finnish ancestry on St. Urho's Day.
All Veterans Memorial Park, US Hwy 71 South, Park Rapids, near the Chamber of Commerce & Wayside Rest. A living Memorial honoring your veteran loved one. Stones and benches are available for purchase. Cash or in-kind contributions are being sought for completion of a museum and educational interpretive center. Guided tours by reservation (218)732-5601. For more information see: http://www.allvetmemorial.com/
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, 14 miles northwest of Park Rapids on US Hwy 71 and west on Hubbard County 41 to Becker County 46 then 3 miles to Two Inlets. A beautiful grotto containing a replica of the famed shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France and inspirational stone elevations of the Stations of the Cross. For some, the grotto provides a place for rest and contemplation. It also is the setting for St. Mary's Church to celebrate outdoor Mass and weddings. (218)732-4046. For more information see: http://twoinletscountrystore.com/stmarys.htm
Menahga Memorial Park, US Hwy 71 south of Menahga. A 40-acre park with camping facilities, two sheltered pavilions and other picnic facilities. For more information see: http://www.cityofmenahga.com