Community Parks
The largest of the city’s parks is Brook Peterson Community Park, located at 1200 Oak Avenue, near Waconia High School. This 40 acre park includes 8 softball fields, outdoor freestyle skating and ice hockey rinks, and a concession stand. The Waconia Baseball Association has a baseball field at this park, which is now home to the Amateur town Team, “Waconia Lakers”. This park is accessible by walkway from downtown Waconia. Park facilities may be used between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight.

City Square Park is located near downtown Waconia on Main Street between Pine and Spruce Streets. This park provides play equipment, a picnic shelter, a gazebo that may be reserved through the Parks and Recreation Department for special events, and meandering walking paths. Restroom facilities are open during the summer months. City Square Park is the site for the city's "Music in the Park" summer concerts and Chamber of Commerce events, including Nickle Dickle Day activities in September and Holiday in the Park during the Christmas season. City Square Park facilities may be used between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dogs are not allowed in City Square Park.

Cedar Point Park, located on Cedar Street at Lake Waconia, has 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, play equipment, picnic tables, and a fishing pier. The walking path along the shore of Lake Waconia continues west along Waconia Parkway to the Sugarbush and Willowbrooke subdivisions. Park facilities may be used between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Neighborhood Parks

The city currently has 11 parks that are designated as Neighborhood Parks consisting of 20 acres of city owned property.

A brief description of neighborhood parks located in various subdivisions follows:
  • Bent Creek Park: A 4 acre park with play equipment and trails
  • Clearwater Mills: A 2 acre park with play equipment
  • Fox Run Park: A 2 acre park with play equipment, a ball field and trails
  • Lakeview Terrace: Currently an open space area, this 6.5 acre park is scheduled for play equipment in year 2000
  • Pheasant Ridge: A 1.5 acre park with play equipment and trails
  • Sugarbush: A 4 acre park with play equipment, a ball field and trails
  • Wildhurst: A 0.5 acre park with play equipment and trails
  • Willowbrooke: A 0.2 acre park with play equipment and trails
In addition to city parks, recreational facilities, play equipment and open space are maintained by ISD 110. Southview Elementary School has play equipment, a ball field, and football and soccer fields. Bayview Middle School has ball fields, an outdoor running track, and a football field. The school forest, a 12.5 acre open space area with unimproved trails, is accessible from Bayview. Contact the school district for use requirements and availability.

Regional Parks

Additional outdoor recreational opportunities are available at the nearby Carver Park Reserve, Baylor Regional Park, Lake Waconia Regional Park, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Knights of Columbus Park.

Carver Park Reserve, located north of Victoria on County Road 11, offers nature programs, walking / biking trails and cross country ski opportunities. Call 952-443-2911 for information on programs and hours.

Baylor Regional Park, located west of Waconia, at 10775 County Road 33, provides a beautiful picnic setting next to Eagle Lake, and summer and winter recreational opportunities. Call 952-466-5250 for additional information.

Lake Waconia Regional Park, located just east of Waconia at 8170 Paradise Lane, is currently being developed into a 130 acre regional park. At this time there is a swimming beach, play equipment, picnic shelter, volleyball area, and a sledding hill in the winter. It is also the site of the historic Lake Waconia Event Center, which is available for all event types. Call 952-442-5250 for additional information.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota and the largest public garden in Minnesota, with 1,000 acres of rolling hills, 74 specialty gardens and plant collections, and more than 5,000 plant varieties. Open year round, the Arboretum offers seasonal walking and tram tours, hiking and cross country ski trails - plus, a library, tea room, gift shop and conservatory. It is located on Highway 5, just west of Highway 41 in Chanhassen. Call 952-443-1400 for more information.

Waconia Knights of Columbus Park, located at 9055 East County Road 10, is a private park available to the public through reservation. A ball field and picnic shelter are available. Contact Jim Ebert at 952-442-2261, or Dan Steinhagen at 952-442-2769.

Park & Trail Regulations
To ensure the enjoyment of all city parks and trails by all residents and visitors, certain regulations have been established.
  • Parks may be used only during the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., except Brook Peterson Park, where the hours are 7 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Rubbish and litter must be deposited in designated containers.
  • Loud music and boisterous behavior is not allowed.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed in any parks, except on roads or trails specifically designated as such.
  • Possession, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except by express permission granted by the Park and Recreation Director.
  • No person may enter the parks under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • Pets may not roam or be at large in any of the parks. Pets are not permitted in city Square Park.