Como Park (Regional)
About Como Park
For over one hundred years, Como Park has played a vital role in meeting the recreational needs of residents of Saint Paul and surrounding communities. Inspired in part by the landscape designs of H.W.S. Cleveland, Frederick Nussbaumer, Superintendent of Parks from 1891 to 1922, worked tirelessly to create an outdoor haven for the area's urban population. Nussbaumer strongly advocated for a wide variety of free or reasonably priced recreational activities, services, and educational opportunities for all park visitors. The park as we know it today continues to carry out this original vision.
New: The Environment Committee of the Como Community Council, as part of its educational activity, has organized a self guided, pictorial tree identification program. The intention is to introduce Como Park visitors to the variety of interesting tree flora in the park, some of which are quite unique. Understanding some of our tree species will lead to a greater appreciation of the botanical treasures found in the park.
Location of trees with identification labels
Tree identification trek
PARK RESERVATION INFORMATION
COMO SHELTER is located at Midway Parkway. near Hamline Avenue; seats approximately 50 people. Electricity is available at 110 volts. Multiple crock pots, coffee pots, roasters and other electric items may cause overloads on the power source. It also has a large double grill. The restrooms, drinking fountain and play area are nearby. The maximum size group that picnic permits will be issued to for is 100 persons. Note: No tents are allowed in this picnic area
HISTORIC STREETCAR STATION
located at 1224 N. Lexington Pkwy., the Historic Streetcar Station was built in 1985. It houses an interpretive museum about the Twin Cities Streetcar Line and Como Park. The renovated building includes an interpretive exhibit area, public restrooms, office space, and an outdoor patio. This facility is available for rentals year-round. The building is equipped with tables and chairs. The setup of tables and chairs is the responsibility of the permit holder. Take down of the tables and chairs will be done by Parks staff after rental is completed. Note: Museum is open to the public on Sundays from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, no reservations will be made for this time.
Alcohol - The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited at this site.
COMO PARK PAVILION
is located at 1199 Midway Parkway. Electricity is available at 110 volts. Multiple crock pots, coffee
pots, roasters and other electric items may cause overloads on the power
source. It also has two large double barbecue grills. The restrooms and
drinking fountain are located in a separate building at the site. Note: Large group picnic or functions in Como Park may require the
sponsoring organization arrange for alternative or off-site parking with
a shuttle bus service to the park.
Please call the Park Permit Office at 651-632-5111 for more information or to make a reservation. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Como Zoo Picnic Plaza
Located within the Como Zoo grounds at 1225 Estabrook Drive. Como Zoo is home to over 125 species of animals. Host your next picnic at Como Zoo Picnic Plaza and your guests will enjoy a deliciously catered meal in Como's private picnic shelter. The Como Zoo Picnic Pavilion offers a beautiful private setting and a covered pavilion for group events.
The Como Zoo Picnic Plaza is available for rental every day from May through October. The Plaza is rented two times per day. For more information, contact Lancer Catering at (651) 207-0330.
Como Field 1 is located on Horton Ave. just west of Lexington Pwky. For more information on field rental, contact NW Como Recreation Center at (651)298-5813.