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Friday, October 11, 2013

Great ways to enjoy autumn at Saint Paul parks

Fall has arrived in the great city of Saint Paul and the Department of Parks and Recreation has many family-friendly activities that will have you celebrating the arrival of this short-lived season.

Nothing says fall more than Halloween. To help you release your inner ghost or goblin, there a number of Halloween parties taking place at rec centers across the city.  These events feature a variety of activities ranging from magicians, costume contests, bounce castles and carnival-style games.  A complete listing of participating locations, dates and activities can be found on the What’s Happening Page of the Parks website or in the Fall 2013 activity brochure.

If you’re looking for something to do on a cold and blustery fall day, look no further than your local rec center.  Many of the recreation centers have regularly-scheduled open gym hours where you can come and hang out with friends and shoot some hoops in the comfort of an indoor gym.  A list of open gym hours can be found here.

Not quite ready to give up on summer?  Head to the Great River Water Park located at Oxford Community Center.  The Great River Water Park is Saint Paul’s only indoor water park and features a kid-friendly splash pad, an eight-lane pool, water slides and diving boards.  The Great River Water Park is located at Oxford Community Center, and hours of operation can be found on the pool’s webpage.  It’s a great way to escape the chill of the fall air and put a little summer back into your life.

As the mercury drops and we head toward winter, it is important to remember those who are in need of warm winter clothing.  To help meet this need, Battle Creek Recreation Center is hosting a winter clothing drive.  Bring new or gently-used winter clothing items to Battle Creek Recreation Center between now and December 18.  On December 20, the items will be distributed to those who have registered.  If you have any questions about this program give the Battle Creek Recreation Center a call at 651-501-6347.

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