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Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation department oversees Ramsey County’s parkland and recreational facilities, manages natural resources and facilitates recreational programming.
The Ramsey County parks system encompasses more than 6,500 acres and consists of:
- Six regional parks.
- Nine county parks.
- Six regional trail corridors.
- Nine protected open space sites.
- 11 indoor ice arenas (13 ice sheets).
- One indoor fieldhouse & turf facility.
- Four golf courses.
- Tamarack Nature Center.
- Battle Creek Waterworks, a family water park.
The parks and recreation services provided by Ramsey County complement services provided by municipalities to meet the needs of an urbanized population. The parks and open space areas held by Ramsey County represent the largest undeveloped land areas in the county.
As of June 1, 2018, the duties and authorities of the Ramsey Conservation District transferred to Ramsey County and are managed by the Soil & Water Conservation division of the Parks & Recreation department.
Department leadership and contacts
Mark McCabe, Department Director
Arenas and golf: Lisa Hanson Lamey, Director
Park operations: Kristopher Lencowski, Director
Planning and development: Scott Yonke, Director
Soil and water conservation: Ann WhiteEagle, Director