Lester Prairie’s Central Square Park includes a veterans memorial, which is the site of Memorial Day programs and other local events.

Information updated February 2024

Lester Prairie offers many choices for outdoor recreation. Any questions should be directed to city hall at 320-395-2646.

Sunrise Nature Park
Where: Located on the east side of Lester Prairie. The main parking lot entrance is near McLeod County Road 9.

A peaceful 42-acre setting with nearly two miles of trails. Includes a variety of prairie grasses, such as Indian grass, switchgrass, bluestem, Canada wild rye, and wheatgrass. The park is open to the public, but no motorized vehicles are allowed. There are hiking and cross-country snow trails as well. In 2021, a campground was opened. If you would like to reserve a spot to camp, contact city hall.

Central Square Park
Where: Located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Juniper Street in downtown Lester Prairie.

A veterans memorial with names of many people who served in the military and have a connection to Lester Prairie, including those who served in the National Guard or Reserve during peacetime. It also includes a gazebo, walkways, benches, lighting, landscaping, and a message board advertising community events. The Dakota Trail goes through this park. Lester Prairie is the farthest point west where the trail is paved. A skating rink was added at the end of Central Ave. 2nd Ave Park.

Prairie Ridge Park
Where: Located in the Prairie Ridge development on the city’s southeast side.

Features: Playground equipment.

2nd Ave S. Park
Where: Located on the south side of Second Avenue South near Pine Street South.

Features: A tennis court, basketball court, sand volleyball court, nine-hole flying disc golf course, two batting tunnels, one baseball field (LP Municipal Field), one lighted softball/football field (Bulldog Field), a softball field (Lions Field), two T-ball fields (Scout Field & Veterans Field), playground equipment, grills, picnic shelters, and restrooms. To rent the large shelter, call city hall at 320-395-2646. In 2022, bullpens were added to LP Muni Field.

See also:  Dakota Regional Trail | Swimming Pool