Parks and Recreation Programs and Events Update

The City of Bloomington announces updates to Parks and Recreation programs and events, including youth and adult sports, picnic shelters, Arts in the Parks programs and Summer Fete.

Youth and Adult Sports

Field scheduling is currently taking place for youth games and practices. Stay Safe MN sports guidance allows for games to begin outdoors on June 24 and indoors on July 1. However, to ensure proper preparation of fields, games in Bloomington will begin no earlier than July 6.

All summer adult sports, including softball, kickball, tennis and volleyball are canceled. Fall adult sports, including softball and touch football at Dred Scott, indoor volleyball at Kennedy High School, and kickball at Valley View Park, are currently expected to proceed as scheduled, pending upcoming executive orders.

All tournaments are postponed until further notice. Tournaments may be reevaluated based on evolving public health guidance and City resource allocation. 

Picnic Shelter Reservations

Picnic shelters are open on a first-come, first-served basis for the remainder of summer 2020. There will be no formal shelter reservations taken. Under the current executive order, gatherings of 25 people or less are allowed.

Arts in the Parks

Due to difficulties in maintaining physical distancing and limiting attendance, all Arts in the Parks music events, including those traditionally held at Normandale Lake Park bandshell, are canceled for the remainder of 2020. No bandshell reservations will be taken through at least September 1.

Summer Fete

Summer Fete 2020 is canceled. The customary July 3 date was canceled earlier this year with consideration given to rescheduling in September. However, the annual event has now been officially canceled for this year.

Aquatics

Cedarcrest Park splash pad is expected to open for public use once repairs are completed.

These decisions were made based on a combination of current executive orders and state agency guidance, anticipated future guidance, and financial factors with the goal of striking the right balance between maintaining recreational services and ensuring the health and safety of Bloomington residents. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at parksrec@bloomingtonmn.gov or 952-563-8877.