[AROUND TOWN] Centennial Lakes offers nature nestled in skyscrapers

A PERFECT PLACE. Looking for a place to enjoy the summer? Visit Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. With weekly events like concerts and performances and simply enjoying recreational activities, Centennial Lakes Park has something for everyone.
A PERFECT PLACE. Looking for a place to enjoy the summer? Visit Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. With weekly events like concerts and performances and simply enjoying recreational activities, Centennial Lakes Park has something for everyone.
Thomas Kovarik

Looking for a place to enjoy the summer? Visit Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. With weekly events like concerts and performances and simply enjoying recreational activities, Centennial Lakes Park has something for everyone.

The Park boasts 24 acres of land for various outdoor activities. One of Centennial Lakes Park’s most notable activities is paddling boating. The four-person boats are available to rent from 10 a.m. to sunset, allowing visitors to take a leisurely ride along the waterway passing through the middle of the park. For $20, standard paddle boats are available to rent for 45 minutes, and for $30, the swan boats can be rented.

If anyone prefers to stay on the ground rather than afloat, they can watch the Edina Model Yacht Club take their radio-controlled model boats to the water. Frequently sitting on the ledge of the waterway, the club practices on the water often drawing the attention of passersby.

For those who prefer to be active this summer, Centennial Lakes Park proposes countless activities to enjoy with friends, family, or even individually. The Park features championship-caliber lawn bowling courts to use for $20 per hour. For any Scottish Links fanatics, they can play the 9-hole course for just $7.

Centennial Lakes Park presents the perfect place for socializing during the summer. Round up a group of friends and visit the putting course. The Park hallmarks 18 manicured bent grass greens that range in length from 57 to 125 feet. The picturesque greens are surrounded by small ponds with flower beds and sand traps. Guests can play the 18-hole Championship Putting Course for $11 per person.

Although Centennial Lakes Park offers paid activities, visitors can enjoy the Park without spending any money. Take a walk around the handicap-accessible 1.4-mile loop featuring swinging seats and benches facing the waterway and gardens. Along the loop on the North side of the Park, guests can find their way through the maze which is often occupied by children and adults alike.

Centennial Lakes Park frequenters regard one of the Park’s most memorable summer traditions, the Thursday Farmers Market. Opening on Jun. 6, the market lets customers purchase goods directly from farmers, ensuring high-quality products.

Centennial Lakes Park’s Maetzold Amphitheater hosts concerts and performances throughout the summer. Reigning in large crowds, music, and more can be heard not just from the Amphitheater but throughout the entire park. Children’s entertainment performs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while live music is played on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. The covered space guarantees events will continue during rain or shine.

Make the most out of this summer and swing by Centennial Lakes Park.

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