Parks and Forestry Department
The parks in the City of Ham Lake fall under the responsibility of the Public Works Department. There are over 268 acres of city parkland and paths/trails. Most of the upgrades and additional developments of the parks are done by the parks staff. Maintenance tasks include playground and play structures, ball fields, ice rinks, buildings and shelters, landscaping, trees and plantings, irrigation systems, painting, blacktop repair in parking areas, trash and litter control, construction projects, and all turf upkeep.
In 2008, a Natural Resources Inventory and Assessment for the City of Ham Lake was completed. This was a joint project completed by the City of Ham Lake and the Anoka Conservation District, with funding provided by a grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. (link to NATURAL Resources Inventory and Assessment for the City of Ham Lake)
Besides many neighborhood parks and natural area parks, the City has two major parks. Lions Park is located on land adjacent to City Hall, accessed from 157th Avenue NE. Ham Lake Park is accessed from 153rd Avenue NE and is adjacent to Ham Lake. There are rental facilities at both major parks, please click here to learn more.
The City also has a Skate Park located adjacent to the Public Works facility and City Hall. The facility includes ramps, rails, etc.
The City maintains two Ice Skating Rinks at Ham Lake Park, with a warming house. The rinks are for general public use, not team usage.
For a map of all city parks and information about each park, click here.
For a list of all parks in Anoka County, with information, click here.
For a map of all trails (city, county and state) located in the city, click here.
A large part of the planning process for parks in the City is done by the Park and Tree Commission. The Park and Tree Commission meets on a monthly basis and addresses the needs of the community as it relates to parks and trees, making recommendations to the City Council. The Park and Tree Commission also reviews the Shade Tree Program and the Oak Wilt Control Program.
The City of Ham Lake believes that the City’s parks and trails are the property of the citizens, and as such the citizens are given the opportunity to participate in their upkeep. The City’s “Adopt a Park Program” provides an opportunity for an individual, neighborhood, group or organization to take responsibility for one the City’s twenty-five parks and over 2,300 feet of trails. To find out what parks and trails are available for adoption and the procedures to become an adopter call City Hall at (763) 434-9555.
Oak Wilt Program
In 1988, cities in Anoka County began discussing the control of Oak Wilt. In 1992, the City adopted a Shade Tree Ordinance and Oak Wilt Control Plan, with funding from the Department of Natural Resources. The City conducts a city-wide, yearly inspection for Oak Wilt and notifies affected property owners.
For more information on this program, please contact John Witkowski, 763-434-9555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree City USA
Ham Lake has been awarded the Tree City USA accreditation every year since 1993.