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Park and recreational land uses for the City of Belle Plaine include over twenty City owned parks, trails, open space and recreational areas. These land uses account for approximately 80 acres or 2.4 percent of the City's total acreage. 

Belle Plaine also has high walkability with 13.5 miles of trails and 21.5 miles of city sidewalks.  The trails and sidewalks give easy access to all reaches of the City.

All of the City park shelters and bathrooms have been winterized for the season.


Park or Trail

Location in Belle Plaine

Archery Park 22331 Union Trail

If you enjoy Archery, take advantage of Belle Plaine’s newest park.  The Archery Range is located just west of the city’s compost site.

Aquatic Facility 203 West Prairie Street
Overhead view of swimming pool. Pool has yellow, red and blue umbrellas.

The Aquatic Facility opened in the summer of 2019. The Aquatic Center amenities include heated water, drop slide, diving boards, open body slide, climbing wall, current channel, zero-depth entry, play structures, sprays, toddler slide, family slide, basketball hoop, concessions, 25-yard lap area and lots of shade. Swim lessons and open swim are provided during summer months.

Swimming, Restroom Facilities, Picnic Area

Blaha Memorial Song Bird Sanctuary 200 West Court Street
Blaha Memorial Bird Sanctuary sign

Council member Cary Coop was instrumental in the dedication of the bird sanctuary property from the Elizabeth Blaha Estate. This is the only area left in the City of Belle Plaine where "the original" City was constructed along the banks of the Minnesota River.

Century Park 200 West Century Street
Playground at Century Park

Developed in 2005, Century Park is one of the City’s newest parks.  This one-acre park contains a gazebo / picnic area, benches and two sand volleyball courts.  The unique playground equipment includes climbers, three slides, bounce buttons, lily pods, chinning bar, sliding pole, flip flop, and horizontal loop ladder.  

Pickleball Courts, Playground, Picnic Area, Restroom Facilities, Handicap Access, Off-Street Parking

Chatfield Park 550 East State Street
Green slide on green grass at Chatfield Park.

Updated playground equipment has been installed at Chatfield Park.  This neighborhood park now offers a satellite climber, slides, swings, spinner and rock ‘n rides.  The popular geodesic dome and merry-go-round have remained in Chatfield Park.  The park also offers a basketball hoop and  plenty of green space for additional recreational activities.  We invite residents to check out the new amenities at Chatfield Park.

Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts, Picnic Area, Playground

Community Sledding Hill Grove Street North & Forest Street West
Winter scene of people sledding.

Sledding hill at the cross roads of Grove Street and Forest Street between Beaver Street and Forest Street.

Court Square Park 410 North Cedar Street
Hooper Bowler Hillstrom Historical House at Court Square Park

Court Square has the distinction of having the Hooper Bowler Hillstrom Historical House adjacent to the park. The house, available for tours by members of the Belle Plaine Historical Society, was built in 1871 by S.A. Hooper, an early resident. Court Square contains a park shelter with a kitchen (available for rent); four barbecue grills and horseshoe pits; playground equipment including: slides with swings, merry-go-round, play system, swings and jungle gym and equipment, benches and restroom facilities.  Court Square was included on the original plat of Belle Plaine by Founder Judge Andrew G. Chatfield and today serves as one of City’s most popular parks.

Restroom Facilities, Picnic Area, Disc Golf, Horse Shoe Pits, Playground

Deer Park NW of Deer Creek Subdivision
Deer Park recreation area

Deer Park is a large, unimproved specialized recreation area with a major focus on the natural resources of the area.

Nature area

Downtown Plaza 100 Meridian Street South
Brick wall with painted mural and green canvas awning across plaza

Located at the corner of Main and Meridian Streets. This downtown gathering space features a mural painted by local artist Lana Beck. During the summer months an awning is erected for shade. 

Benches, shaded area

Fountain Park 801 West Forest Street
Fountain Park

Fountain Park is shown on the original plat of the Borough of Belle Plaine.  In 1854, the City’s founder, Judge Andrew G. Chatfield, foresaw the need to have a park near the beautiful Minnesota River valley.  Fountain Park consists of a one-block area.  Park amenities include a softball field, playground equipment including a super slide, a picnic shelter, restroom facility and off-street parking on the north side of the park. Bring the family for a nice outing at Fountain Park.

Restroom Facilities, Picnic Area, Softball Field, Horseshoe Pits, Playground, Off-Street Parking

Heritage Square Park 500 East Orchard Street
Heritage Park sign and cloudy sky and green grass.

A number of amenities are included in the park such as a skate park, swing set and play equipment, baseball field, open area for soccer, etc., a basketball court, skate park, benches and a restroom facility. Off-street parking is available on both the north and south sides of the park, with a sidewalk around the perimeter and within the park. Dog waste receptacles are available for your convenience as well. Heritage park has two picnic shelters with a food service counter, electrical outlets and curb-side garbage bins located at either end of the park. These are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is one of the community's newer parks.

Trail Area, Basketball Courts, Restroom Facilities, Picnic Area, Baseball Field, Soccer Field, Playground, Skateboarding, Handicap Access, Off-Street Parking

Hickory Park 801 East Orchard Street

Blue playground equipment on gravel surrounded by blue sky and green grass.

Brightly painted skateboard ramps

The park is home to Belle Plaine’s first paved outdoor recreation skating rink with cooling coils to ensure quality winter ice. The rink doubles in summer as basketball courts and there is also playground equipment in the park. Off-street parking is on the north side of the park. In the spring of 2018 the city opened a dog park. In 2020 the city opened the warming house facility, skating rink and full size hockey rink.

Trail Areas, Basketball courts, Hockey Rink, Restroom Facilities, Playground, Recreation Skating Rink, Warming House, Handicap Access, Off-Street Parking, Dog Park

Meadow Park 800 Meadow Circle
Sign for Meadow Park

The flat topography of Meadow Park lends itself well for the little league field and the regulation-size soccer field that were constructed in 2004-2005.  This neighborhood park connects with the South Creek Trail and newly-planted trees enhance the trail located on the north side of Meadow Park.  Enjoy a quiet stroll at Meadow Park.

Basketball Courts, Soccer Field, Football Field, Off-Street Parking

Minnesota Valley Trail Minnesota River Valley
Fall scene at the Minnesota Valley Trail The Minnesota Valley Trail is perfect for biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. A natural surface trail runs from Belle Plaine to Chaska and a paved trail from Chaska to Shakopee. The multi-use trail parallels the Minnesota River. While using the trail system you can explore the varied landscapes which include blufftop oak savanna, wetlands and floodplain forest. Visit the Department of Natural Resources for more information:
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks.
To access a trail map please view:
www.dnr.state.mn.us/maps.
Enjoy the wonder and beauty these trails have to offer!
Prairie Park 650 East Park Street
Softball field and playground equimpment at Prairie Park

Is a neighborhood park which includes limited play equipment, a softball field, picnic shelter and restroom facilities.  

Softball, Playground, Picnic Area, Restroom Facilities, Off-Street Parking

Founders Park 450 East Church Street
White church with grey shingles in summer This neighborhood park includes the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration which was constructed in 1869 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The cemetery located in this park is the burial place of Judge Andrew Gould Chatfield, Belle Plaine's Founding Father.  
Riverview Park

1012 Plateau Lane

  This neighborhood park includes the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration which was constructed in 1869 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The cemetery located in this park is the burial place of Judge Andrew Gould Chatfield, Belle Plaine's Founding Father.  
South Creek Trail Throughout City Limits
Paved trail with split rail fence This eight-foot wide paved trail system runs along the south side of South street, connects to Veterans Park, provides pedestrian and non-motorized access under Highway 169, through Emma Krumbees Apple Orchard, extends through O'Brien Subdivisions east across Hickory Boulevard. It is proposed that this trail will connect to a trail system along Hickory Boulevard, extend north to connect to a trail or walkway across the Highway 169/CR64 interchange and connect to Creekside Park and future MN River Regional Trail.
Townsend Park 110 South Meridian Street
Low circular water fountain constructed of brick with water jetting upwards Townsend Park adds ambience to our historic downtown and serves as a gathering place for community events, such as Arts in the Park, luminary event and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony that signals the beginning of our holiday season and transforms the park into a winter wonderland.  During the remaining months, Townsend Park provides a peaceful rest stop with its sparkling water fountain and specialty shrubbery and prairie grasses.  Engraved paver bricks by sponsors have been placed in the walk ways.  Local resident   Ed Townsend donated the park land in 2000, and the EDA, City Council and Chamber jointly sponsored the design and development of Townsend Park.
Union Square Park 201 South Eagle Street

Union Square sign posted at the park in summer

Park shelter and white gazebo with green grass.

Union Square is home to Belle Plaine’s largest annual event, Bar B Q Days, a fun-filled 3-day family celebration held the third weekend in July.  Union Square is also home to Tiger Park, a first-rate baseball field, having the honor to co-host past State Amateur Baseball Tournaments with our neighboring city, Jordan.  Union Square was included on the original plat of Belle Plaine by Founder Judge Andrew G. Chatfield and contains picnic shelters (a kitchen facility attached to one of the shelters is available for rent), gazebo, playground equipment, benches, four horseshoe pits, restroom facilities and off-street parking.

Restroom Facilities, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Baseball Field, Horseshoe Pits, Playground, Off-Street Parking

 

Veterans Park 101 East Commerce Drive

Military helicoptor elevated on concrete pillar, at an angle
Green grass, trees and landscaping around City of Belle Plaine sign
Flags flying against blue sky.

Designed as a park to honor those who served our country in war as in peace, the Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park is meant to be a place for reflection. The park's design and construction were almost entirely funded by donations and volunteer labor. The Belle Plaine Veterans Club solicited the donations from local citizens and businesses and volunteered over 2,000 hours of labor. Many local merchants donated equipment, labor or supplies towards the park's construction. The park is highly visable to travelers along State Highway 169. The annual Memorial Day program is held at Veterans Park and elaborate holiday decorations by the Belle Plaine Historical Society light up the park each year.  The City acquired the land in early 1990’s for the purpose of the Highway 169 underpass and trail extension and the American Legion Post 144 and VFW Post #6202 established the park in 2001.  Light poles were added in 2005. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts help with projects at Veterans Park.
With the assistance of local resident Dave Spalding, the helicopter was placed on display the same year. The focal point of the park is a retired U. S. Army UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" Helicopter. The Huey (tail number 68-15369) was brought to the park from Fort Rucker, Alabama. It was in service from 1968 to 1987 and saw time in Vietnam with the 11th Cavarly Regiment (Blackhorse) and the 118th Assault Helicopter Company (Thunderbirds). After the war it served with NASA, the 1st Armored Division and other U. S. Army units.
The park has a flag display a top its small hill with the flags of the United States, Minnesota, Belle Plaine, POW/MIA, U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard, Prisoner of War, and an engraved memorial stone. 
As the city's bike path winds through the park there is the beginnings of a "Flag Boulevard". Sixteen foot tall flagpoles placed ten feet apart, all flying "Old Glory". Each pole is engraved with the name(s) of one or more veterans both living and deceased. There are over twenty poles sold and installed as of June 2003. If you wish to add to this lasting tribute, contact the Belle Plaine Vets Club.

   
   
   

 

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