The gem of the City of Prior Lake's park system, Lakefront Park, hosts the Lakefront Days celebration and many other community events. The park opened in 2001 and offers something for everyone. It's a 130-acre community treasure featuring an amphitheater, an extensive three-mile trail system, floating boardwalk and fishing pier, Watzl's Beach, a pavilion, two park shelters. Other amenities include a large playground area, a skate park, two full-sized hockey rinks, a pleasure rink, a full-sized soccer field, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a basketball court, a winter sliding hill, a sand volleyball court and capacity for more than 200 cars. For the full list of amenities and driving directions, click here.
The pavilion, designed to be the centerpiece of Lakefront Park, seats 60 inside and includes an extended outdoor veranda with built-in seating for an additional 80. The building houses the controls to the park and includes many windows and skylights. Fully carpeted, the facility also features two fireplaces, indoor/outdoor accessible restrooms and a concession facility.
The pavilion is used year-round for public events. It's a warming house in the winter and is rented for weddings, receptions, reunions, parties and business meetings March through November. The pavilion rental rate is $300/day for Prior Lake residents, $450/day for non-residents. A $200 refundable damage deposit is required with your registration.
The gazebo is FREE with Pavilion rental.
Reservations can be handled online at www.priorlakerecreation.com. Find the "Programs and Facilities-Click Here!" tab and browse available dates and facilities under the "Facility Rentals" section. If you cannot find the date to add to your cart, the facility is not available on that date. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Please read all instructions and policies carefully, for you are agreeing to the rental policies at check-out.
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The playground offers a wide range of activities, including basketball, four square, swings, slides and jungle gyms. The playground is handicapped accessible and meets today's safety requirements. Watch loved ones and enjoy a view of the park from the many benches in this area. The pergola at the site offers shade from the sun and adds a pleasing architectural feature.
Nestled on the shores of Prior Lake, Watzl's Beach offers opportunities to boaters and land-lovers alike, including a swimming beach, picnic area, boat docks for accessing the beach from the lake, restroom facilities and concession stand. July 4th and Lakefront Days fireworks are fired from the beach and the Prior Lake Ski Club often uses this site for performances. In 2005, 18 new boat slips were added, nine of which are available to the public through a reservation system run by the city. The beach is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily beginning early June until late August.
For more information, visit the Prior Lake Beach webpage.
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The Lakefront Skate Park, 5000 Kop Parkway, is home to one of the finest skate parks in Scott County and admission is FREE. The park is open seven days a week during regular park hours, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., to residents and nonresidents alike. It features 3- and 4-foot ramps and other equipment for skateboards, inline skates, bikes and non-motorized scooters.
The equipment/ramps at the park are Tier 1 (less than 48 inches tall). A helmet and other protective equipment such as elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards are REQUIRED for all users. Sorry, rental equipment is not available.
For additional information, call (952) 447-9820.
A fishing pier was added to the park in 2004, due in large part to a partnership among the city, the Department of Natural Resources and NOREX. The project is intended to rehabilitate and stock the pond. The pond, named Little Prior, also features a fountain and aerator that keep portions of the water open year-round.
More than three miles of hiking (or ungroomed cross-county skiing) trails lead you to the pristine nature of the park. The trails can take you across the floating bridge, through the Rotary Gateway and into downtown, or to Watzl's Beach, or to a stroll through the most natural areas of the park. To download a map of the trails in Lakefront Park, click here.