Parks & Recreation & The COVID-19 Facility Closure

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Summer Service Update
What is plan for summer programming?

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Eagles Nest Indoor Playground
I have a birthday party scheduled this summer. Will I get a refund?

Happy Birthday! Eagles Nest, birthday parties and group reservations will be canceled and refunded through Labor Day. At this time we anticipate that the Eagles Nest will be the last amenity in the Community Center to re-open. 

I know the Eagles Nest is closed but can I still play at my neighborhood park?

New Brighton Playgrounds have reopened. If you choose to spend time in the park please exercise caution, cover your cough, wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.

When will the Eagles Nest Reopen?

The Eagles Nest is closed through Sept 1 at the earliest.

Recreation Programs
What Programs are canceled?
  • Gymnastics, Playground program, Canoeing/Kayaking camps, Preschool Adventures and all special events such as Parks and Recreation Month, Cops & Bobbers and Safety Camp are canceled. 
  • We are looking at modifying our dance and karate offerings. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates. 
  • Aquatics - canceled. Due to the need for staff to be in close proximity to participants in case of emergency, the City of New Brighton believes that for the health and safety of all involved, we need to cancel all aquatics offerings through September 1. 
  • Active Older Adult/Senior Programs- Due to the fact that older adults are an at-risk population according to the CDC, all in-person Senior and Club 55 programming (with the exception of hiking club) are canceled through September 1. 
  • At this time, sports leagues are prohibited by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Staff continues to wait for guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. At this time we do not believe that we have adequate time for safety equipment and procedures to be put in place for sports teams and leagues for an early summer start. We are delaying the start of any sports programming until at least July 13. It is our hope to offer modified seasons for adults and youth. However this will be subject to ongoing guidance. 
I am signed-up for a program this Spring/Summer What do I do?

The program coordinator will contact you shortly. Some classes will be rescheduled and others will receive refunds.

Help! I'm going crazy at home. What can we do to keep busy?

Check out our Keeping Busy page for some fun ideas to keep busy while social distancing. 

I have an annual membership to the New Brighton Community Center. Can I still come and workout?

No, our building will be closed to the public until at least June 1. We will add an additional 2 months to your membership to make up for your lost time in the gym. We are also working on some ways to offer remote fitness classes online.

I have a month-to-month membership. What does this mean for me?

We will be processing April, May and June at no charge. We are also working on some ways to offer remote fitness classes online.

I receive reimbursements through my health insurance for visiting the NBCC. Can I still get those credits?

The current response we have received from insurance companies is that you are required to be in the four walls of our facility to receive credit. During the time frame, we are closed, we are unable to credit you with any visits.

If you are a SilverSneakers or Silver and Fit member you can log your workouts by emailing

I have rented a room at the Community Center or Neighborhood Center this Summer, will I receive a refund?

The City has made the difficult decision to cancel all meetings and events through Labor Day at the Neighborhood and Community Center to limit the number of people that gather or come into the building. You will be contacted by our facility coordinator soon. 

Can I play on the playground at my local park?

All New Brighton Playgrounds are open. Please exercise caution, maintain social distance, wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.

Can I play golf at Brighwood Hills?

Brightwood Hills golf course re-opens - keeping social distancing in mind

Brightwood Hills Golf Course will open Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m. and will follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) social distancing guidelines. You can make your tee time by calling 651-638-2150.
During this time of social distancing, Brightwood Hills is asking for your help in maintaining the following:

  • Tee times are required. No walk-in’s. Please call 651-638-2150 in order to make a tee time.
  • Scorecards will only be distributed through our clubhouse window.
  • Our Clubhouse/Pro-shop will not be open. Access to restrooms will be through a south door. The Clubhouse will only be used in the event of severe weather.
  • Adhere to the signage regarding social distancing.
  • You must be prepared to golf using your own clubs. Rental clubs are not available.
  • No Carts will be provided – Walking only. You may bring your own pull cart. 
  • No food or beverage will be available for purchase.
  • Our holes will have the cup installed upside down. Golfers hole out when the ball hits the cup. We also will not have flags on the greens.
  • There are no rakes or ball washers on the course. This is for your safety.
  • Our practice range will not be open.

While we know that this is not the ideal way to golf, the ability of our golfers to adhere to these guidelines is the most important thing in allowing Brightwood Hills to remain open. Please, if you aren’t feeling well – Stay home. Wash your hands frequently.
During this time – until the course is back to normal, we want to reward our customers with a special Throwback Greens Fee - $10.