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News & Events

April 16, 2016
The city trees of Rochester now have a whole class of brand new caretakers. Congratulations…
March 30, 2016
The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 250-500 boulevard…
March 29, 2016
The Rochester Family Y's Silver Sneakers Litter League! A $20 bill,…
February 2, 2016
Photo: On September 19, 2015, this crew spent four hours learning about and planting trees.…
December 15, 2015
For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a…

Recent Activity

Meet at 1 PM at the First Presbyterian parking lot (512 3rd Street SW) and walk up College Street to St. Marys Park. ...

History Walk to St. Marys Park

July 24, 2016, 1:00pm - July 24, 2016, 3:00pm

Please join us for a history walk to Saint Marys Park. We will meet at 1 PM at the First Presbyterian parking lot (512 3rd Street SW) and walk up College Street to St. Marys Park. Along the way we will check out the house Dr. William J. Mayo built (now called the Mayo Foundation House), the Carriage house, the Damon house, the Walters house, the cottages, the mermaid fountain, the formal and informal gardens, We will also explore Saint Marys Park (another of Rochester's best kept secrets). We will check out the water tower that was built in 1924, the site of the water standpipe that was built in 1887, and the 3.5 million gallon water tank. As always we will learn some more local history and have some wonderful conversations.

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Visit all of our sweet neighborhood parks and keep track of your adventures with a Passport! ...

Have you picked up your Passport to Parks yet? Pick one up or print one from our website and get out to explore the parks. Those who complete at least 6 activities are eligible to enter our prizes drawing (held on August 20). You can get more info on the passport & prizes on our website:

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A chance for you to check out plans for this park. ...

Cascade Lake Preview Event

July 16, 2016, 11:00am - July 16, 2016, 5:00pm

Come check out Cascade Park & Lake on Saturday, July 16. We will have the beach area open for swimming from 11 AM - 5 PM. Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza will be on-site vending food and soft drinks. We Bike Rochester and Zumbro Valley Medical Society of MN are organizing a bike ride that will take off from Cascade Lake at 1:30 PM. And Tyrol Ski & Sports will have paddleboards, canoes & kayaks available to try out from 1 PM - 5 PM. We will also have renderings of what the future Cascade Park & Lake will look like! This is the only date in 2016 that the Cascade Lake beach area will be open for swimming. We hope to see you there.

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