What TO DO in the neighborhood

Image: Winter skating at the neighborhood ice rink



The park complex that the neighborhood gets its name from is the epicenter of activity year-round. Tennis and pickle ball courts in the warm months, the ice rink in the winter, KidsPark Childcare in the park building, the summer neighborhood picnic, and much more.

ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC - July 12th, 2022 - 5-7pm

Every year in the late summer before the kids return to school, hundreds of neighbors come together for the annual Desnoyer Park picnic put on by the DPIA. It is an event that has become tradition in the neighborhood. Event dates are always announced via the neighborhood newsletter edition that comes out sometime in early summer. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter!

Note: you must pre-register by Thursday July 7th if you would like food at the event (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED - you can certainly still attend, but we can't order additional food at this point). We will have free water, lemonade, and ice cream bars while supplies last and a few extra food items available for purchase the day of the event at the DPIA table while supplies last. As usual, we will have neighborhood merchandise available including a new T-shirt and can koozies this year.

If the weather does not allow an event at the park that day (pouring rain/lightning), we will move it to Wednesday July 13th 5-7p. Any food reservations made will carry over to the rescheduled event. Any changes to the event because of weather would be posted on the website & Facebook page, and will be also sent out to the neighborhood mailing list (sign up if you aren't getting it).


One of St. Paul's few remaining natural ice rinks lives part of its year in Desnoyer Park

The DP Ice Crew

The maintenance of the natural rink at Desnoyer Park is a collaborative effort between the Desnoyer Park Improvement Association (DPIA), St. Paul Parks & Recreation, and an amazing group of neighborhood volunteers known as the DP Ice Crew.

The crew  is at the core of creating a great rink for the entire neighborhood during those months when all Minnesotans appreciate a place to gather with friends, family, and neighbors. 

To request more information or sign up, fill out the DP Ice Crew form. If you have questions, you can also contact us directly for more information.

Support the Rink

The DPIA funds rink operations with neighbor donations and assistance from the City of St. Paul Parks & Rec Department. The DPIA’s Zamboni (purchased in 2017 from another St. Paul rink crew) requires regular maintenance to keep operating, shovels wear out, S’mores and hot cocoa warm up neighborhood kids while skating, and our DP Ice Crew needs equipment to care for the rink. We rely on neighbor donations to keep the rink functioning in our neighborhood year after year.

The DPIA rink fund is restricted for use on expenses related to rink maintenance & activities. The general DPIA donation fund is also available for rink expenses when they arise, but has a much broader set of activities and improvements it can be used for within the neighborhood. Contribute to the general DPIA fund knowing that your donation will to go wherever the need is greatest at the time (could be something related to the rink) or request that your contribution is restricted to use for rink expenses only.


The Town & Country Club takes up a large portion of Desnoyer Park Neighborhood and is the home of the first round of golf played in Minnesota in 1893. It was the home of many of the early St. Paul Winter Carnival events and ice castle. Today, the club is a great neighbor and opens its gates to neighbors once the ground is frozen and there's snow on it to sled, cross country ski, snow shoe, or just disappear for a while right in the middle of the city.

Take care of this amazing playground we have opened to our neighborhood in the winter! Please pick up your dog's poop on the course in the winter!


The Meeker Island Dog Park is located adjacent to Meeker Island Historic Lock and Dam site, the site of the first and northernmost lock and dam on the Mississippi. The park is located along the river at the bottom of the bluff and can be accessed from the entrance along the Mississippi River Blvd trail. It features a dog run and a dog beach.