In 1959, the City of Minnetonka received plans for its first park, Gro Tonka. Today, the city maintains five community parks and 44 neighborhood parks - and Gro Tonka is still with us.
- Canoe Landing
- Off-Street Parking
- Picnic Area
- Walking Trails
Jidana Park’s 60 acres are classified as a community preserve that provide passive recreational opportunities—hiking, picnicking or bird watching. The park boasts walking paths, scattered picnic tables, benches and a dock and canoe landing on the Minnehaha Creek. Visitors may access Jidana Park by either the trail and boardwalk from the lower Minnetonka Community Center parking lot, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. or by the small parking area at the north end of Jidana Lane.
Jidana Boardwalk Trail
From the Minnetonka Community Center parking lot, it’s just over a half-mile on the paved trail and boardwalk to the beginning of Jidana Park. The 635-foot boardwalk allows visitors to experience the expansive wetland surrounding Minnehaha Creek by passing right through the wetland vegetation.
Canoe Landing and Dock
Jidana is the first canoe landing downstream from the Minnehaha Creek Headwaters.
If You Go
- Park is open from 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy picnic tables throughout the park.
- A seasonal restroom is located just north of the trail from the Minnetonka Community Center.
- Dogs must be on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) on the trails, in the formal areas of the park and in the parking lot. Please pick up after your pet in natural and formal areas. A Mutt Mitt dispenser is available at the gate by the parking area off Jidana Lane.
- The park is accessible by car from Minnetonka Boulevard at the end of Jidana Lane (five parking stalls). A better way to access the park is to park at the lower parking lot at the Minnetonka Community Center and hike in, using the one-half mile paved trail to the park.
Did you know?
On the west side of the boardwalk, the straight segment of trail is built on a private landing strip from the 1950s.