Jessens Park consists of 30 acres located in the southeast section of the City next to the St. Charles Golf Course. This park, with its proximity to the golf course and its natural setting, offering residents and guests alike various amenities of activities and scenery. While the park consists of a pavilion and playground, that is only the beginning. The park features the City’s only dog park that was a partnership with the St. Charles Lions. In addition, the other main feature of the park is Jessen’s Pond, which is a natural spring-fed pond. In a partnership with the Minnesota DNR, the pond is stocked with small panfish like Sunnies and Bluegill. While the pond is geared toward the novice and youth fishermen, it is open to all, and state licenses are required. If outdoor frisbee fun is your game, the park also features a 18-hole frisbee golf course that takes you into the woods with several challenging holes. If winter is your time though, the Jessen’s park sledding hill is a 200+ foot experience that is fun for all ages.
Kieffer Park is located at the south end of Old Valley Road on the west side of St. Charles south of West 12th Street. The park was made possible by local resident Paul Kieffer, former owner of Sherwood Mobile Home Park, who donated 14 acres of land adjacent to the mobile home park for use as a city park. He also donated the funds that were used toward the purchase of new playground equipment and a pavilion. The future plan for the park is to provide a space for soccer enthusiasts with its wide open space.