County beaches open Saturday

The Washington County Parks beaches at the Big Marine Park Reserve, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Point Douglas Park, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park and Square Lake Regional Park open Saturday.

Beaches will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. through July and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. in August. Starting June 9 and ending Aug. 12, lifeguards will be on duty daily from noon until 8 p.m. When lifeguards are not on duty, swimming is at your own risk. Beaches will be open through Labor Day.

To ensure a safe and fun experience, please remember the following:

All swimmers are responsible for their own health and safety.

Parent/adults have an added responsibility for all children under their care.

The primary responsibility of lifeguards is to prevent accidents and to respond to dangerous situations that may occur. Lifeguards provide supervision, react to emergencies and enforce rules and regulations.

Swimming facilities are inherently dangerous. Follow all rules and regulations.

For additional information, call 651-430-8370 or see or find Washington County Parks on Facebook at Washington County Parks | Official and on Twitter @WashCtyParks and @WashCtyTrails.

‘Zumba on the Beach’ offered this summer

Experience the No. 1 fitness craze in the great outdoors this summer at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Join certified Zumba instructor Stephen Blythe for a high-energy workout for the entire family. Best of all, support Washington County Parks, connect with nature, and work out all in one. Classes are free with a park permit ($5 per day or $25 annual).

"Zumba on the Beach" will be offered all summer long on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., May 26 through Sept. 3 at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swimming Beach. No registration or equipment is necessary and all ages and abilities are welcome.

The first program will be at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a Tuesday program. Also, the first Tuesday of the month, all Washington County Parks are free to enter and that means free Zumba the first Tuesday of the month. Dress appropriately for physical exercise; elements for outdoor protection including sunscreen and a water bottle are encouraged.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10, one mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo.