Fancy yourself a fish out of water? Prove your mettle at the Chain of Lakes Open Swim Classic, happening Sunday, August 27th at Bde Maka Ska — just around the corner from Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments. Register before the 24th to participate as a competitor in this fun annual event, which challenges experienced swimmers to swim across Bde Maka Ska in two separate course distances of 1.5 miles and 2.4 miles. A lifeguard sanctioned event produced in collaboration with the MPRB Open Swim Club, the Swim Classic presents a fun opportunity for participants to enjoy the beauty of Bde Maka Ska while testing their skills.
Not an endurance swimmer? No problem. Cheer the competitors on from the sidelines and enjoy a beautiful late summer day on the lake.
Swimmer registration is open through August 24. Cost: $65 (minus $15 discount for MPRB Open Swim Club participants)
Event: Sunday, August 27, from 8-11 am at Bde Maka Ska’s North Beach
While Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments is fully adjacent to big city living at its finest, we still like to reflect back on the beauty of nature as often as possible. Combine that with a wide variety of recreation, dining, shopping, and adventuring options in beautiful St. Louis Park, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for epic summer fun. For P25 residents it’s easy, with numerous walking and biking trails, lakes, and nature preserves located just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Learn more about a few of our favorite neighborhood nature and recreation amenities below:
Wolfe Lake & Park
For those with an interest in fishing, Wolfe Lake may become your favorite local destination, with four fishing docks and over 3 acres of tranquil lake scenery. Catch Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and more, or take advantage of the park’s other amenities such as picnic shelters and pavilions, a walking path, playground, and more. More info HERE.
The Bde Maka Ska Loop
In addition to beaches, water recreation, and more, our fair Bde Maka Ska is a sure-fire bet for getting in your steps. Take a leisurely walk around the full lake with a friend to take in the scenery. There are over 3 miles of pedestrian and bike trails encircling the lake — the perfect invigorating wind down to a busy work day. Learn more HERE.
While you may prefer to stay close to home in Parkway 25’s own deluxe pool and zen courtyard, there’s no denying a classic water park experience is pure summer fun. Head to St. Louis Park’s very own Aquatic Park for access to 4-story water slides, spray arches, water geysers, an obstacle course, diving boards, and more. Grab a snack at the concession stand or bring your own picnic! More info HERE.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Hike, explore, and learn at Westwood Hills Nature Center, where the flora and fauna of the area is at your fingertips. Stroll extensive nature paths to see the sights, and learn more about local animal and plant life inside the park’s education center. With great kid’s programs, little ones can learn all about nature, biology, and more through fun, informative day camps. Learn more HERE.
If you’re living at Parkway 25 luxury apartments, the amenities extend well beyond the front door! Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants, shopping experiences, and of course, outdoor fun. Regularly ranked one of the top biking destinations in the country, more than half of all Minnesotans take up wheels each year for fitness, commuting, and enjoyment. St. Louis Park is no exception, with a number of regional bike trails that connect to Downtown Minneapolis, Chaska and beyond, as well as many bike-friendly parks and lakes. Make the most of the summer by taking a spin in the great wide open!
Cedar Lake Trail
Featuring a 3.6-mile trail that connects SLP to downtown, with a changing landscape and dual lanes for both bikers and walkers.
Cedar Lake Extension Trail
Connecting the Cedar Lake Trail from Downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins, this 4.3-mile paved trail follows the Hutchinson Spur rail line.
Cedar Lake Regional Trail
5 miles of smooth, pavement connects the Kennilworth Trail to Hopkins and follows the rail line along Highway 7, eventually ending up in Chaska. The Southwest Trail also links east to the Kennilworth and Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.
Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trails also links to:
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail
Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail
Nine Mile Creek
North Cedar Lake Regional Trail
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Parkway 25, the lakes are amazing destinations for biking. Take the whole chain of Lakes tour for an extensive 11.5 mile trek, or spin around Bde Maka Ska, Cedar Lake, or Lake of the Isles.
Summer is just about here and that means epic fun in the sun, communing with nature, biking, swimming, boating and much more. The city of St. Louis Park has all that and more, with tons of trails, lakes and scenic sanctuaries all designed to help you connect with Mother Earth — and have fun while doing it. In this post, we’ll run down a few of our favorite local spots for outdoor enjoyment.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park
Experience nature in the city when you visit this sprawling 160-acre preserve. Stroll winding trails through marsh, woods, and restored prairie — you may even get a peek at one of the many wild animals that make their home at Westwood, such as deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls. The park also features a playground for the kids and the Interpretive Center, where you can learn more about the area.
The perfect spot for a summer kickback with friends, Oak Hill Park offers numerous picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor grills for the ultimate cookout. A great spot to bring the kids, it also features baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, a playground, swimming pool, paved trails and more. If you’re looking for an outdoor experience with all the amenities, Oak Hill is a solid choice.
The lake formally know as Calhoun is a renowned, city-wide destination. Popular amongst runners, walkers, inline skaters, families and beach bums alike, Bde Maka Ska is your one-stop-shop for fun in the sun. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance of Parkway 25! Enjoy 3 different swimming beaches or rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and get out on the water. They’ve also got a sand volleyball court, soccer and softball fields, a picnic area and a paved walking trail that rings the lake for a beautiful summer stroll.
SLP is connected to three major bike trails that span from downtown Minneapolis, all the way to Chaska. The Cedar Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Extension Trail and Cedar Lake Regional trail will take you through both urban and natural areas, keeping the scenery interesting. Smoothly paved trails make it easy for beginning and intermediate riders to enjoy themselves, while season riders can push themselves to the limit with longer distance rides.