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2023 Summer Experience!
Learn all about the exciting schedule of camps, events, sports leagues and many other activities to help you create memories this summer that will last a lifetime.
Get all the details in the 2023 Summer Experience Catalog.
Bloomington is home to 97 parks and green spaces, miles of trails, dozens of fun, active, inclusive and engaging programs and events, and seasonal and year-round recreational facilities.
Serving the community with youth activities, sports leagues, senior programs, farmers markets, special events and much more, Bloomington Parks and Recreation has something for everyone!
Explore the various links and featured programs on this page for more details on what we have in store for you.
The Step To It Challenge is a FREE four-week physical activity challenge that motivates people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active. If you’re looking for a fun way to convert your competitive spirit into a spring exercise program, the Step To It Challenge is for you!
Visit the Special Events page for more details and a link to sign up for this annual challenge that takes place throughout the month of May.
Adaptive Programming and Inclusion Services
Bloomington Parks and Recreation Inclusion Services are provided to program participants with disabilities who request some kind of support that will allow them to fully participate the programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Division. More info
Adult Sports and Leagues
Parks and Recreation offers leagues and programs through out the year. The sports are offered at different levels of play - there is a sport for everyone from beginner to the serious player. More info
BIG Skate School
The Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School offers skating lessons year round. More info
Programs for Adults Age 50+
Designed to keep adults age 50+ and all adults with a disability actively engaged in the community, these programs at Creekside Community Center serve those seeking opportunity to become involved and stay connected. More info
Bloomington Parks and Recreation has a variety of programs to offer ranging from one-week classes to full summer programs and activities in spring, fall and winter too! Programs are for children going into preschool through 9th grade. More info
Work and fun can go hand-in-hand!
Bloomington Parks and Recreation is a great place to work and have fun at the same time! We offer a wide vareity of permanent full-time, permanent part-time and temporary seasonal positions.
To learn more about all of the great opportunities available, visit blm.mn/prjobs.
Bloomington Parks and Recreation is dedicated to making our parks ethnically and culturally diverse as well as equitable, inclusive, and relevant. It is our priority to build relationships with our community and break down barriers that are inhibiting residents from visiting the parks. We are committed to continually seek ways to better deliver park and recreation services, programming, and community events that connect people across cultures to the parks and one another.
If you would like to share input, feedback, or seek more information about outreach, please contact Jean Sanon, Recreation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877.
Are you looking for recreation opportunities at home and on the go? The Recreation Experience Center (REC Online) is your online resource for fun, engaging, inclusive, and accessible activities.
With options in the creative and performing arts, fitness, history, nature and more, whether you're looking for a purely Bloomington experience or just general ideas on what to do, you're sure to find something that interests you at REC Online.
The City of Bloomington initiated the process of developing a new Park System Master Plan in November 2019. With extensive and invaluable assistance from consultants, City staff and most importantly the community, the plan was developed over the next two years and ultimately adopted by the Bloomington City Council in August 2021.
The Next Steps
Adoption of the master plan was just the first step. Now the work of developing service area and individual park plans begins. The Park System Master Plan provides a clear action plan and guidance for improvements to Bloomington's parks, trails, facilities, recreational programs and green spaces.
Nine parks have been identified for the first phase of planning and development: Brookside, Bryant, Gene Kelly, Poplar Bridge Running, Smith, Southwood, Sunrise. Tretbaugh.
To learn more about the park planning process and opportunities to provide input both in person and online, visit blm.mn/park-planning.
2022 Award of Excellence Honoree
Meet Jay Ludwig, recipient of the 2022 Parks, Arts and Recreation Award of Excellence for his two decades of work on historical and cultural programming at historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House and Pond Dakota Mission Park.For more information on the Award of Excellence, including a list of past honorees, visit blm.mn/parc-award.