Teen Activities

The New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department provides recreation activities for teens that help develop special interests and social skills while having fun in a safe environment!

You can click on the links below to learn more about current teen programs. There are many other programs for teens listed within Youth Activities sections of the website.

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Adaptive Bowling

The adaptive bowling program is open to special education students in the Mounds View School District who are 13 years and older.  The program is held on Saturday mornings at the Mermaid Bowling Lanes.  Adaptive Bowling consists of two 10 week sessions, one in the fall and one in the winter.

Disc Golf

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 (aka Frisbee golf). The 12 hole disc golf course is scattered through mature trees, has open spaces 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. Public Par: 39 / Pro Par: 36.

First Aid/CPR/AED

Red Cross course teaching rescue skills for adults, children and infants including:  rescue breathing, obstructed airway, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills.  Upon successful completion, participants will receive an Adult, Child & Infant CPR/AED and First Aid certificate valid for two years.

Freedom Park Skate Park

Youth are enjoying new skate park equipment at Freedom Park in New Brighton.

An installer from American Ramp Company supervised the installation, which a city parks maintenance crew completed.The skate park was removed May 31 to get ready for new asphalt. On June 17, the asphalt was installed, and the skate park equipment was installed the week of June 24, said Director of Parks and Recreation Sandy Breuer.

The former skate park was purchased in 2001 and had an expected life of eight years. The equipment lasted 12 years — beyond its expected life. It needed to be replaced because the wood was deteriorating and the masonite riding surface had cracks and missing pieces.

The new structure purchased through American Ramp Company has a steel riding surface and a 20-year warranty. The project cost about $31,000 and was paid for out of the city’s capital improvement budget.

In September 2012, the council unanimously authorized the skate park equipment purchase for Freedom Park. City staff worked with skate park users to help select the equipment.

Kick Starter Guitar

Teenagers 12 years and older can learn to play chords, basic music notation, how to tune your guitar and play easy songs with simple to follow instructions.  Classes are held on Tuesdays at the New Brighton Community Center.

“Kickers” Karate

The class features American Tae-Kwon-Do Karate for teens 12 years and older. The program is designed to teach teenagers self-defense, safety awareness and teamwork.  Classes are held at the New Brighton Community Center on Monday evenings.