Scandia Parks

Existing Scandia Parks, Trails and Recreation Areas
  • Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St N. 
Located on Olinda Trail North just south of the Village Center, the Scandia Community Center is a well-used facility with a community building that houses the Township offices, banquet hall with kitchen facilities, meeting rooms, restrooms and outdoor recreational facilities on an 18-acre site. The Community Center shares a parking lot of approximately 120 parking spaces with the Leonard Wojtowicz Skating Park. There is a public works maintenance building on site.
  • Wind in the Pines Preserve, 22199 St. Croix Trail
Wind in the Pines Park is thought to be one of the most diverse ecological areas left in Washington County by the Minnesota DNR. This 44-acre site is located in the northeast corner of the Township along State Highway 95 across from Pilar Road. Bounded by the Falls Creek SNA to the north and the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to the east, this parcel offers diversity of old growth forest and pristine prairies- providing invaluable wildlife habitat and unparalleled scenic value. There is a small gravel lot off Highway 95. Trails are marked and maintained by volunteers for non-motorized pedestrian use.  NOTE: there is no public access to the St. Croix River from Wind in the Pines.  Please respect private property.
  • Lilleskogen Park, 14600 Oakhill Road (formerly known as Old Lion’s Park)
  • This 8-acre park is located near the Village Center, with approximately half its area in wetlands. Parking and access are problematic off of Oakhill Road. There are no existing facilities on site. A few old footpaths remain. This park is currently undergoing restoration of the wetlands, in preparation for future development. 
Located at the intersection of  Old Marine Trail and Olinda Trail North in the south central part of the city, this 7-acre site has been updated with a park shelter, picnic tables, grills, lighting and electrical hook-ups.  Parking is available on the street. This site is adjacent to the Hay Lake School Museum and across the road from the Swedish Settler’s Monument.
  • Barton Johnson Memorial Park, 20880 Olinda Trail
Barton Johnson is a private neighborhood park located adjacent to the Gammelgarden Museum and across Olinda Trail from the Scandia Community Center.
  • Wayne Erickson Memorial Ball Park (formerly known as Scandia Lighted Ball Field) 21398 Olinda Trail
Wayne Erickson Memorial Ball park  is located on the west side of Olinda Trail/County Road 3, north of Scandia Trail/ Highway 97.  The site includes a concession stand and children's play structure.  Who was Wayne Erickson?
  • South Ball Field, 20835 Olinda Trail

         This ball field is located just south of the Community Center, on the east side of Olinda Trail/ County Road 3.
  • Scandia T-Ball Field, 14849 Oakhill Road North
This ball field is located on the south side of Oakhill (County Rd. 52), east of Olinda Trail.
  • Swenson Goose Lake Estate  

    This 1.7 acre parcel is part of the Swenson Estate Subdivision off of Oren Road North near the north central part of the city.  There are no existing facilities on site.  In 2016 the Soaring Eagles 4-H Club led a pollinator planting project on the parcel.
  • Log House Landing, Off 205th Street North, Access to St. Croix River; North of William O'Brien State Park
Log House Landing is located off 205th Street North just east of Quinnell Ave in Scandia, and provides access to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  What is the history of Log House Landing?
Undeveloped Park and Recreation Areas
  • Bone Lake Park
Located in the northwest corner of the city near Lofton Ave., this 26-acre park is under approximately 60% wetland cover and supports the inlet to Bone Lake. It contains a DNR boat launch on the north side of Bone Lake with associated parking. Area Boy Scouts have been given permission to establish trails in this park, but Bone Lake is currently under-utilized.
    • Goose Lake Lot
This 5-acre parcel with lake frontage is located on Goose Lake across from boat launch, and is surrounded by single-family homes. The lot is not maintained and is currently undeveloped due to steep terrain.
      • Orwell Lot 

        Approximately 50% of this 2.5-acre lot is covered in wetlands. There are no existing facilities on site. 
State and Parks and Open Space in Scandia
William O’Brien State Park is on the Saint Croix River and it offers many recreation opportunities including biking, swimming, and nature interpretation.
Big Marine Park Reserve is owned and operated by Washington County, and located partially within the City of Scandia. The park was selected as a regional facility because of its excellent natural resource features, including the St. Croix Valley/northeast ground moraine and high-quality upland and wetland wildlife habitat. When completed, the park will be 1,800 acres, with 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This 80 percent will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the settlers in the mid-1800s.Park Hours are 7 a.m. until one-half hour after sunset.Vehicle Permits are required for all vehicles entering the park. 
Falls Creek is a MnDNR owned 136-acre scientific and natural area in Scandia.  It represents one of the most diverse natural areas in Washington County.
The scenic value of Crystal Spring SNA is matched only by the high quality of the native plant communities that inhabit the 38-acre site. Impressive steep cliffs line a winding seasonal cold-water stream. Outstanding old forests carpet the rugged terrain. A few rare species occur here too. And unfortunately, invasive buckthorn is also found in the upland forests.
Nearby Parks, Trails and Open SpaceSeveral regional parks, trails, and natural areas are within or near Scandia.   Regional parks generally serve populations within a one-half hour to one-hour travel time.  They are usually in areas that exhibit highly valued scenic or natural qualities.  In the Scandia area, many regional parks and open space relate to the Lower St. Croix River, lakes or natural communities.
Following is a list of national, state and regional parks within roughly 15 miles of Scandia:
The Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway borders the eastern edge of New Scandia Township, offering significant wildlife habitat, scenic value, fishing and boating. The Lower St. Croix River was among the first to be added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Program by Congress in 1972. 
The Railway project has acquired land or scenic easements adjoining the river, but access to these parcels is limited.
City Hall, 14727 209th St. N. Scandia, MN 55073 Phone: 651-433-2274