Mayer’s park system provides a variety of options for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
West Ridge Park
This park is located one-half block east of Highway 25, near downtown. An Oodle Swing has been added to the park for people with varying disabilities. A volley-ball court has also been added, and the city is currently building a new park shelter.
Bluejay Park is a neighborhood park that is located next to County Road 23 (Bluejay Avenue), and is adjacent to the water treatment plant.
The park offers full-court basketball and mature shade trees.
Old Schoolhouse Park
Old Schoolhouse Park is the largest park in Mayer at 16 acres, and is located next to the community center.
The park includes one baseball field, three softball/Little League fields, a concession stand with a covered picnic shelter, a Little Free Library, a 950-foot-long paved trail that runs between Old Schoolhouse Road and Bluejay Avenue, and plenty of open space.
Meadow Park and Discovery Park
Meadow Park, one of Mayer’s neighborhood parks, is located in the Hidden Creek subdivision, while another neighborhood park, Discovery Park, is situated in the Fieldstone subdivision.
Lake Waconia Regional Park
Lake Waconia Regional Park, currently a 100-acre park, is in its early development stage, expanding to a future 164-acre park, which will include Coney Island of the West. Situated on the southern shore of Lake Waconia, Lake Waconia Regional Park boasts a reservable group picnic shelter, play equipment, restrooms, small swimming beach, picnic tables, volleyball court, and grills. Outside the park, boat access is available at the Minnesota DNR boat access located on the northeast side of the lake. Additional boat access can be found at private marinas located in the city of Waconia.
For winter fun, Lake Waconia Regional Park has an 80-foot sledding hill with two runs: a smooth, straight one and a more rough one.
A more recent addition to the park, Lake Waconia Event Center is being operated by Lancer Catering for events. The event center is ideal for hosting wedding receptions, meetings, graduations, family reunions, and other events.
Lake Waconia Regional Park is located just east of the city of Waconia. Access to the park is off of Highway 5, and parking permits are required. For additional information, contact the park office at 952-466-5250.
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park is situated on the shores of Lake Minnewashta. Facilities include a swimming beach, bathhouse, reservable picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, creative playground, paved boat access, paved bike trails, ski and snowshoe rental, vending machines, canoe storage, and a Little Free Library located near the beach for guests who would like to enjoy a novel during their time at the park.
For those who wish to exercise or stretch their legs while enjoying the outdoors, five miles of turf and natural surface trails, which run along Lake Minnewashta and through forest and prairie terrain, are available. Separate trails are groomed for skiing and walking during the winter.
Additionally, a fishing pier is located west of the beach area. Besides facilitating anglers, the pier also provides a scenic view of Lake Minnewashta.
The park also offers an off-leash dog area for pet lovers who want to enjoy the park. The fenced-in, 18-acre area includes nearly a mile of walking trails, a separate area for dogs that weigh less than 25 pounds, a fenced-in pond, two large open interactive play spaces, and a water fountain for humans and pets. Admittance to the dog park is free, but all vehicles will require a parking permit.
Lake Minnewashta Park is located off of Highway 41 west of Chanhassen between Highway 5 and Highway 7. For additional information, contact the park office at 952-466-5250.
Properly displayed daily or annual parking permits are required for all vehicles entering Carver County parks. Permits can be purchased at the park entrance through the gate house or the honor box. (The gate house purchasing option is only available during summer months.) Annual permits can also be purchased online or by phone at 952-466-5250 using a Discover, Master, or Visa card.