Shady Oak Beach Play Area

Minnetonka, MN

Opened in 2011, the Shady Oak Beach Community Play Area offers multiple play areas suitable for ages 2 – 12. The cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka received a $187,500 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant to develop the new play area. Funding for the grant came from tax dollars collected for Target Field and designated for youth sports/recreational enrichment.

Design Elements

Focusing on nature-based and environmental aspects in the design, water tables, water misters, and a “fossil dig” area allows everyone to connect with the local landscape.