West Ridge Park

This park is located one-half block east of Highway 25, near downtown. It was graded in 2006, to accommodate a pond, dry creek bed, an open field area, and to prepare for future amenities to the park. West Ridge park also recently added an Oodle Swing for people with differing disabilities. The city is working toward making West Ridge Park a more accessible and enjoyable park for people with disabilities.

Bluejay Park

Bluejay Park is a neighborhood park that is located next to County Road 23 (Bluejay Avenue), and is adjacent to the water treatment plant.

The park offers full-court basketball, and mature shade trees.

Old Schoolhouse Park

Old Schoolhouse Park is the largest park in Mayer at 16 acres, and is located next to the community center.

The park includes one baseball field, three softball/Little League fields, a concession stand with a covered picnic shelter, a Little Free Library, a 950-foot-long paved trail that runs between Old Schoolhouse Road and Bluejay Avenue, and plenty of open space.

Carver County Parks

Looking for something different to do?

Gazing at a starry sky through a powerful telescope, playing a round of disc golf, or walking along a cattail marsh might be the perfect way to spice up your day.

At Baylor Regional Park, these are only a sampling of the wide array of available activities.

The park is located a few miles south of New Germany on Carver County Road 33, adjacent to Eagle Lake, and offers 201 acres of year-round outdoor fun.

Many people travel to Baylor Regional Park to walk or run on the nearly four miles of trails through forest and prairie. The Maple Trail offers syrup demonstrations and sap collections in the spring. There is also a boardwalk through a cattail marsh that is almost one-quarter-mile long.

Wildlife photographers and birdwatchers enjoy the variety of scenic vistas overlooking Eagle Lake, and boaters often take advantage of the calm, peaceful waters.

For large gatherings up to 100 people, a community room is available from May through October with advance reservation. The 1935 remodeled barn has a food preparation area, heat, air conditioning, flush restrooms, and outdoor deck seating.

Park patrons can play a round of 18-hole disc golf when they visit. The course, which opened in September 2007, has baskets with turf and natural tee boxes.

There is no additional charge to play disc golf, but a Carver County parking permit is required for all vehicles in the park.

When cold weather hits, cross country skis and snowshoes can be rented on weekends at the park office.

For those who prefer to stay at the park for longer periods of time, there are opportunities to camp at one of 50 camping sites. Thirty-five have water and electrical hookups, and there is also a group campsite. While you’re there, catch a few fish, eat a picnic lunch, or relax on the swimming beach.

For sports enthusiasts, the park offers a ballfield, tennis courts, and sand volleyball courts.

For reservations or information about any park activity, contact the Carver County Park Office at (952) 466-5250 or

Parking passes, maps, and other information can also be obtained online, at

Eagle Lake Observatory

No visit to Baylor Regional Park is complete without at least a glance at Eagle Lake Observatory, a state-of-the-art facility operated by the Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS).

The site has been gaining popularity in recent years, and had a new attendance record of 4,266 visitors in 2015.

The observatory attendance at public viewings and special events beat the previous record in 2012, of 4,012.

Public viewings take place on certain nights, typically from about 7 to 10 p.m., in both clear or cloudy weather. When conditions do not allow for direct viewing, presentations and recorded views of previously observed solar system and deep sky objects are substituted.

The Silvia A. Casby Observatory and HotSpot classroom were added to the location of the existing Onan Observatory in 2013. The Silvia A. Casby Observatory is equipped with three telescopes, including the largest refracting telescope at Eagle Lake Observatory. The HotSpot classroom is a space for guests to enjoy a live video feed from the observatory telescopes.

The Onan Observatory has more than a dozen telescopes on four observing platforms for guests to view the stars, planets, and other celestial objects. The observatory also has portable equipment for guests to use, such as Coronado binoculars, during their visit.

To contact someone from the Eagle Lake Observatory, email,  or leave a message in the Minnesota Astronomical Society’s voice mailbox at (952) 467-2426.

More information is also available at

Carver County maintains other nearby parks that offer a variety of activities.

Lake Waconia Regional Park

Lake Waconia Regional Park is in its early development stage for this future 164-acre park, which will include adding amenities to Coney Island of the West. Situated on the southern shore of Lake Waconia, with views to the lake and Coney Island, existing facilities include a reservable group picnic shelter, play equipment, restrooms, small swimming beach, picnic tables, volleyball court, and grills. Boat access is provided outside the park at the Minnesota DNR boat access located on the northeast side of the lake, and at private marinas located in the city of Waconia.

Lake Waconia Regional Park is located just east of the City of Waconia, next to the Lakeside Ballroom. Access to the park is off of Highway 5. For additional information, contact the park office at (952) 466-5250.

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park is a recently developed park on the shores of Lake Minnewashta. Facilities include a swimming beach, bathhouse, reservable picnic shelters, volleyball courts, creative playground, concession stand,  and a Little Free Library located near the beach for guests who would like to enjoy a novel during their time at the park.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along five miles of turf and natural surface trails that meander along the edge of Lake Minnewashta, through forested and prairie areas of this 340-acre park. In the winter, separate trails are groomed for skiing and walking.

Docks and fishing piers have been installed. A fishing pier is located west of the beach area at picnic area number 1. In addition to facilitating anglers, the pier offers a scenic view of Lake Minnewashta.

The park is continuing to develop an off-leash dog area for pet lovers who want to enjoy the park. The area will include nearly a mile of walking trails, an area for dogs that weigh less than 25 pounds, a fenced-in pond, two large open interactive play spaces, and a water fountain for humans and pets. Admittance to the dog park is free, but all vehicles will require a parking permit.

Lake Minnewashta Park is located off of Highway 41 west of Chanhassen between Highway 5 and Highway 7. For additional information, contact the park office at (952) 466-5250.

All vehicles entering Carver County parks are required to purchase and properly display a daily or annual parking permit. Permits can be purchased at the park entrance either through the gate house (summer months only) or through the honor box (year-round) with cash or check.  Annual permits can also be purchased online or by phone at (952) 466-5250 using a Master, Visa, or Discover card.