Fall Activities at Local Parks: Sporty and Social


Now that school is back in session, it may seem harder to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, but some of the best weather of the year is ahead this fall. There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the fresh air and green spaces close to home. The St. Anthony Park neighborhood  enjoys easy access to some of Saint Paul’s best parks and programming. Besides Como Park, just across the great divide of the State Fair grounds, we have Langford Park, located at 30 Langford Park, and South St. Anthony Park at 890 Cromwell Avenue.

Langford Park has a playground, a basketball court, two tennis courts and softball and soccer fields. This fall, the site is offering youth flag football and soccer as well as a variety of activities for all ages.

This Friday, September 9, the recreation center will host the Back to School Teen Danc from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The dance is for grades 6-8. There will be concessions and a dance competition. Cost is $5. 

South St. Anthony Park also has tennis and basketball courts, a playground and horseshoe pits. The South Saint Anthony Recreation Center is also the site of Joy of the People Soccer Club which partners with St. Paul Parks and Rec in running the facility. The soccer club offers on-site soccer programming for kids in grades kindergarten and up.

South St. Anthony Park’s grounds and the building are also available for community events such as the upcoming St Anthony Park Neighborhood Ice Cream Social, co-sponsored by the St. Anthony Park Booster Club, Joy to the People Soccer Club and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. This friendly event will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 2-4 p.m.  In addition to plenty of ice cream, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides and a St. Paul Fire Department truck to explore.

For more information on activities at either Langford or South St. Anthony Park sites, contact MariEtta Wood. Her office is in the Langford Park building and her number is (651) 298-5765. For information about Joy to the People, call director Ted Kroeten, (952) 215-1861.

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