614 Second St. NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413


Phone: 612-230-6400

Park Hours

6 am-midnight

Wading Pool Hours

10 am - 9 pm daily
Memorial Day through Labor Day*
If the temperature is 85 degrees or warmer at 6 pm, wading pools will stay open until 10 pm.

*Wading pools located on or adjacent school sites will open after the last day of school and close the day before school begins. These dates are determined by Minneapolis Public Schools and change each year.

Check here for daily pool closures

Dickman Park

Nearby Recreation Center: Logan Recreation Center

Features & Amenities

  • Basketball Court
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground/Tot Lot
  • Restroom Facility
  • Volleyball Court
  • Wading Pool

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Park Projects

See what's currently in the works for this park. Some projects may be under the name of the regional park or service area it lives within. View Current Projects

Major investments in 2018 were made possible with funding from the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan. This historic agreement between MPRB and the City of Minneapolis helps address racial and economic equity across 160 neighborhood parks and provides $11 million annually to maintain, repair and replace facilities.

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Park Details

Size: 2.11 acres

Neighborhood: St. Anthony West

Service Area: Northeast

Commissioner District: 1

The current playground was installed in 2014. It features two play structures specially designed for ages 2-5 and 5-12. There is also a seesaw, a spinning feature, swings, a shade umbrella and a playground surface that is fully accessible. A sand play area is provided in a separate circular container.

Rentals & Permits

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]


Name: When acquired, the park was logically called the Main Street Northeast Playground Site. The park was named in 1955 for Ralph E. Dickman, a youth worker in northeast Minneapolis, attorney and Hennepin County Commissioner.

Acquisition and Development

The initial 1.23 acres of land for the park were purchased by condemnation in 1949 for $8,500, following original authorization to spend up to $10,000 to acquire the property in 1948. Although the park was smaller than desired, it was located in a neighborhood described as under-served in a 1944 survey of park properties and the needs of the city.

The park was expanded in 1954 in an unusual deal. Pioneer Engineering Works acquired ten acres of land from the park board at Northeast Athletic Field in exchange for an acre of land it owned adjacent to Holmes Park and five parcels of land the company bought for the park board to expand Dickman Park. The original deal was for the Holmes land and $30,000 in cash, but the district court, which had to approve all land dispositions by the park board, ruled that the deal had to be for land only. So Pioneer bought the land at Dickman Park and turned it over to the park board.

Before the park was improved in 1955, an additional 0.39 acre was also purchased by condemnation.

In 1955, the park was filled and graded after the buildings on the land were moved. Initial plans were for a small athletic field, volleyball and basketball courts and a picnic area. In 1957 a wading pool was added to complete initial construction.

Skaters at Dickman Park were able to put on their skates in a warming house for the first time in the winter of 1958-1959. A recreation shelter for the park was completed in 1962.

Dickman Park facilities were renovated in 2014, including a new playground, two new benches and a new picnic table.

History through 2008 written by David C. Smith, with updates from 2009 to present written by MPRB.