The weather is warming up and it’s time to get outside! The parks in Burnsville offer some incredible amenities and options for recreation. Read on for a complete guide to the parks of Burnsville, Minnesota.
Terrace Oaks East is a 4-acre, neighborhood park located on the south side of Burnsville Parkway and east of County Road 11. There are countless trails, both hard and natural surface, for walking, mountain biking and even cross-country skiing trails for the winter months. Terrace Oaks has a nature play area to allow kids of all ages to climb, jump, build and explore or there is also traditional playground equipment. If you are looking for a little competition, bring some rackets and opponents to the park for a mini tennis tournament on the courts.
Cliff Fen Park is a 40-acre park located on the north side of Cliff Road, just east of Nicollet Avenue. The park is home to the Burnsville Lions Playground and a popular splash pad. The splash pad covers approximately 2,000 square feet, with 12-15 water features meant to spray, soak, sprinkle and splash those who step within its reach. The splash pad is open daily from 9am to 10pm during warm weather months. Cliff Fen is used widely for family reunions, birthday parties, neighborhood gatherings and families just wanting to have fun. Other amenities include picnic shelters, volleyball courts, soccer/football fields, and nature trails.
Crystal Beach is a 24-acre park located on Lac Lavon Drive, south of County Road 42. This park is the perfect place to spend a summer day in the sun. With an expansive beach and unguarded swimming area, playground equipment, picnic shelters, concessions, and volleyball courts, there is something here for the whole family to enjoy. The beach even offers canoe and paddleboard rentals to help you get out on the water.
Nicollet Commons Park is one of the first “town square” style parks to be developed in the metro area suburbs and serves as the focal point of Burnsville’s Heart of the City at 126th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The park features a 250-seat amphitheater for concerts and events, open green space, places for patrons to sit and enjoy lunch and a water features that are very popular with the kiddos. Nicollet Commons Park is also home to two public art installations that reside in Burnsville.
* Spring 2023 Status – The Nicollet Commons Park water features are currently closed (typically opens mid to late May).
Day Park and the Earley Lake Trail are a 4-acre park located on the corner of County Road 5 and Southcross Drive. The park includes a playground, picnic shelter, canoe rack rental for a handful of recreation opportunities. Enjoy a mile-long hard surface walking path surrounding the lake perfect for a morning walk, run or jog watching the sunrise.
Sunset Pond is a 100-acre, community park and prairie restoration area, located north of County Road 42, west of Burnsville Parkway. The park features a 65-acre pond surrounded by 2.6 miles of hard trails for walking and running and biking, as well as a picnic shelter and play area. Fitting for its name, stop by in the evening to watch the sunset.
Alimagnet Park is a 178-acre community park located north of County Road 42 on County Road 11. The park is home to Burnsville’s award-winning Alimagnet Dog Park, which is an enclosed, seven acre, off-leash canine exercise area and pond. Other amenities include picnic shelters, walking trails, cross country ski trails, playground equipment, soccer/football fields, softball/baseball fields, and even a horseshoe court!
Next time you’re looking for something to do in Burnsville, take the family to a Burnsville Park for a picnic. You might find a new favorite family spot. Don’t forget to share your parks and rec photos with #MyBurnsville for the chance to be featured on our social channels. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram for more Burnsville fun!