City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Park Maintenance

park maintenance vehicle

There are 55 parks including neighborhood parks with assorted amenities, several natural resource parks for outdoor enjoyment and community parks with first-rate athletic facilities and other amenities. In all, there are nearly 1,000 acres of parkland and 80 miles of sidewalks and trails in the Prior Lake park system.

The city also operates and maintains 34 athletic fields, including nine soccer fields, two football fields, seven baseball fields and 16 softball /T-ball diamonds. These fields are available for public use and can be reserved at (952) 447-9820.

The City of Prior Lake operates many parks, trails, and natural areas for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. To keep these facilities functional and looking great, City maintenance crews focus on critical areas for mowing and other vegetation removal. While many natural areas can be left untouched, some require periodic maintenance including trail corridors, restored prairies, and areas close to stormwater infrastructure (the system of catch basins, pipes, and ponds that manage and treat runoff water).To learn more read The Benefits of Maintenance Mowing document.

Trimming is done in the fall and winter months. Crews will post notices in the neighborhoods at least 24 hours in advance of the tree trimming operations. This is done to notify the area residents and allow them time to call the city with any concerns or issues.
Oak Wilt is a fatal tree disease that threatens many trees in Prior Lake. It is a fungus that invades the tree’s water conducting vessels. The most efficient and cost effective means of controlling Oak Wilt is prevention. Avoid tree wounds during the infection period, which means abstaining from pruning oak trees during April, May, and June. Also, trim trees during the winter months instead of during the summer, when insects will not be attracted to the trees. To learn more about Oak Wilt, download this flier. If you spot a tree with disease symptoms, promptly call the City Forester at (952) 447-9800. A certified tree inspector will be sent to check the tree.

The Parks Department typically starts flooding the rinks Dec. 7 - 15. Between Dec. 7 and Jan. 4, the maintenance crews flood at night from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. the following day to avoid the times when the kids are typically on the ice. The rinks usually close for the season around Feb. 15. The entire schedule is weather dependent and could vary from year to year.

Maintenance crews apply a majority of the herbicides to the city parks in the spring. The city posts warnings after herbicide applications are complete to make park patrons aware that herbicide was placed on the grass. Warnings specify the date when it is safe to enter the park. City crews also do a fall application as needed.

View the Memorial Tree and Bench Program explaining the specifics of the program. For more information, call (952) 447-9822.