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Parks & Recreation
South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Welcome to the South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department! We provide quality parks, trails, and programs that are accessible and enriching to our community. Our park system includes over 240 acres of active and natural space enhanced by a variety of seasonal recreation programs and activities.

The Five Divisions of the  Parks and Recreation Department
The South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of five divisions: Parks and Recreation Administration, Recreation and Facilities, Central Square Community Center, Wakota Civic Arena, and Community Affairs and Volunteer Program.

Parks & Recreation Administration
Provides direction and staff support to the Parks and Recreation Department and coordinates the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

Recreation & Facilities

Provides programs, special events, and opportunities for all ages from preschool to seniors that are both fee and non-fee based. On average more than 250 programs are offered providing leisure opportunities to over 13,000 participants annually. Park facility operation includes:

Central Square Community Center (CSCC)
A dynamic community center that offers its members and visitors a wide range of activities and opportunities. The facility houses:
  • A state of the art fitness room
  • Activity rooms
  • Gymnastics center
  • Indoor competition pool
  • Public meeting rooms

CSCC is proud to be the home of the South St. Paul Senior Center and Parks and Recreation Department offices.

Doug Woog Civic Arena
One of the most historic arenas in the State of Minnesota, Doug Woog arena provides year-round multipurpose skating opportunities including hockey, leisure skating, and a Learn to Skate school. The arena contains two regulation sized ice sheets, a large concession area, meeting room, and a warm viewing area that overlooks both rinks.

Community Affairs & Volunteer Program
Creating community ownership is the mission of the Community Affairs office. Located at South St. Paul City Hall, the Community Affairs and Volunteer Program provide residents the opportunity to give back to their community through a variety of volunteer activities, community events, and special initiatives throughout the year for both youth and adults.

Our Mission Statement
To provide a full range of wholesome leisure opportunities and services that will enrich the quality of life and meet the needs and interests of all residents in the City of South St. Paul.
Christopher Esser
Director of Parks and Recreation

Central Square Community Center
100 7th Ave. N.
South St. Paul, Minnesota 55075

Ph: 651-306-3690
Fx: 651-306-3691

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.