Blaine’s Lakeside Commons Beach will open for its third season of operation June 8. Parking permits will be required for all park users, including residents.
“Residents get free parking, but they still need to obtain a permit sticker by showing a valid driver’s license,” said Jim Kappelhoff, park and recreation director.
Permits can be obtained at the Lakeside Commons Park boathouse, 3020 Lakes Parkway, or at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive N.E., starting June 8.
Non-residents can purchase a $5 daily pass or a $25 seasonal pass at both locations, Kappelhoff said.
The beach is scheduled to remain open through Aug. 26.
Extended Thursday operating hours will be new this year. “Parents indicated it was tough for them to make it to park before the beach closed,” Kappelhoff said. “We are going to extend or hours to 9 p.m. one night a week for that purpose and see how it works.”
Normal park hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., beach hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., splash pad hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Boathouse hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Thursday, noon to 9 p.m., Friday 1 to 6 p.m. and weekends noon to 6 p.m.
According to Kappelhoff, there will be one person on duty at the boathouse and one person on duty checking parking passes the first three to four weeks of the season.
“All park users must use the main park entrance,” Kappelhoff said. “The east part of the lot now has a ramp that will allow access to temporary parking.”
Also new this year is a heavier, coarser sand surface for the park’s volleyball court and beach. “We put about four inches on the beach and six inches on the volleyball court,” Kappelhoff said.
“It took two days to put the new sand down over sugar sand that’s on the beach. On windy days, the existing sand, it was wreaking havoc on the beachgoers because it was so light. The sugar sand was original material dredged from Sunrise Lake.”
Last year, 28,112 patrons visited the Lakeside Commons beach, swim area or used the park’s splash pad.
According to Kappelhoff, 65 percent of the total parking permits issued for Lakeside Commons Park last year were purchased by Blaine residents.
Non-resident daily permits totaled 30 percent of permits sold and non-resident seasonal permits 5 percent. In 2011, there were 3,674 resident permits, 1,655 non-resident daily permits and 292 non-resident seasonal permits. Total permit revenue was $13,181.
For more information about Lakeside Commons Park, contact Nate Monahan with Blaine Parks and Recreation at 763-785-6151 or NMonahan@ci.blaine.mn.us.
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