New Brighton Parks and Recreation maintains 16 neighborhood parks and open space areas totaling 159 acres, reinforcing its commitment to providing recreational and wellness opportunities. The City has a long standing forestry program to create and maintain a beautiful urban forest.
Neighborhood centers are located at Hansen, Totem Pole, Sunny Square and Freedom parks. These facilities are available to rent year round and are perfect for family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation parties. For availability, please contact the Meeting and Event Coordinator at 651-638-2138. For a list of park amenities and a map of the parks and neighborhood centers, click on the Useful Links below.
Pike Lake Trail
South Park Trail
The Adopt-a-Park program is designed to encourage partnerships between citizen groups and the New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department to help maintain and enhance parks in our individual community. It is a fun, educational, and worthwhile program that allows groups and individuals to take an active role in the beautification of our community.
Goose Nesting Site Hotline 651-638-2163. The New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department is currently identifying pairs of resident geese that are nesting in the following areas: Brightwood Hills Golf Course, Hansen Park, Innsbruck Park Veterans Park, Long Lake Park and the pond at Lake Side Homes. If you are out walking in these areas and find a goose nest, please report the location by calling the hotline at 651-638-2163. New Brighton Parks and Recreation volunteers are using humane egg addling techniques to manage the wild goose population in New Brighton.
The City of New Brighton is working with residents to implement new ways to manage the wild goose population. The City offers training to residents in February each year for those who have concerns about geese on their property, or who want to help control the population by focusing on nesting sites. The training consists of a DVD from the United States Humane Society. Topics include: the difference between resident and migratory geese, why there is an abundance of geese, mating and nesting habits, egg addling (oiling) procedures to manage the population, and other nonlethal methods that homeowners can use on their property to deter geese. The training teaches how to search for nests and addle eggs during the early nesting season so the eggs do not hatch. Volunteers are needed to continue this program and those trained are registered with the US Fish and Wildlife and DNR to assist the City with efforts on goose mitigation if they choose. Please click the link below to access the training online.
The links below will take you to articles on goose management, education and control. For more in-depth information visit the links within each article.
In addition to being a great location for a group picnic, rental opportunity, or a walk through the woods, Hansen Park is also a great location to play disc golf. The 12 hole disc golf course is scattered through mature trees, has open spaces along with other areas more tight and wooded. The course is ideal for families, kids and adults. The course contains chain baskets and cone/saucer baskets, which are not seen on many courses, adding an entirely new challenge. Hole distances range from 145 feet to 358 feet. Discs specially designed for disc golf or any regular Frisbee can be used to play the game. Concrete tee pads, retaining walls and wood chipped features add to the enhancement of this course.