The Commons and Port of Excelsior

Historic Lake Areas

The Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior are historic, dating to the origins of the city, and are widely recognized as Excelsior's chief assets. The 13-acre park includes open recreation areas, picnic sites, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, tennis courts, baseball fields, a band shell, bathhouse, public restrooms, docks, buoys, and docking for public excursion boats that provide lake access for those who do not own personal boats.

In addition to traditional park uses, such as picnics and family gatherings, the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior serve diverse recreational opportunities for all age groups with the annual Art Fair, Fourth of July celebration, organized sports, and other large events.

For more information on The Commons or the Port of Excelsior, contact City Hall at (952) 474-5233.

Summer Concert Series

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come enjoy a number of concerts during the summer months. The concerts are held at the Bandshell in The Commons.

There will be food, refreshments, beer and wine for sale at all concerts.

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Excelsior Commons Conceptual Guide Plan (MSR/DF 2017)

Section 1 of 6 - Introduction, Preface Context, Previous Studies (PDF)

Section 2 of 6 - Existing Conditions, Designs Principles, Architectural Language and Master Plan (PDF)

Section 3 of 6 - Beach and Picnic Area Existing Conditions and Proposed Improvements (PDF)

Section 4 of 6 - Lawn and Ball Field Area Existing Conditions and Proposed Improvements (PDF)

Section 5 of 6 - Port Area Existing Conditions and Proposed Improvements (PDF)

Section 6 of 6 - Preliminary Building Program and Future Studies (PDF)


The Commons - Existing Conditions Park Site Assessment (PDF)