Lakes Area Recreation

720 Fillmore St., Suite B020 Alexandria, MN 56308 www.lakesarearecreation Phone: 320-762-2868 Gymnastics Phone: 320-219-9724

The continued success of Lakes Area Recreation is due to the increase in enrollment in its programs, as well as the shared commitment from the City of Alexandria, School District 206, LaGrand Township and Alexandria Township. Youth programs continue to grow, with more than 9,600 registrations for 27 different programs, which include baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, dance, tennis, swimming and other sports.

Mission: To provide affordable and relevant recreation, and the foundation for good life-long activity habits, and knowledge to all residents of the region regardless of skill levels, socioeconomic background, and interests.

Alexandria Community Education

As of Monday morning, Lakes Area Recreation page will no longer exist. Please like Alexandria Community Education page to receive the same information (weather announcements, Shenanigan information, program info and more) that was once found here!

Our mission is to inspire people to embrace life enhancing experiences by providing engaging learning opportunities and innovative services empowering them to serve and enrich the world.

Alexandria Community Education

Like Alexandria Community Education Facebook for information on recreation, Shenanigans and updates. Same valuable recreation information, new location!

Our mission is to inspire people to embrace life enhancing experiences by providing engaging learning opportunities and innovative services empowering them to serve and enrich the world.

Please see Alexandria Community Education for updated Shenanigan winter hours

Lakes Area Recreation Facebook is moving to Alexandria Community Education page. To receive program updates, information and weather announcements along with Shenanigan information LIKE

Alexandria Community Education

Like Alexandria Community Education for all your recreations info, updates and news!

Our mission is to inspire people to embrace life enhancing experiences by providing engaging learning opportunities and innovative services empowering them to serve and enrich the world.

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Lakes Area Recreation FaceBook Page is moving! For all your recreation information and updates please LIKE Alexandria Community Education Page. Same good information just different location!

Shenanigans | 10am - 5pm
Lap Swim | 11am - 1pm
Open Gym | 1pm - 5pm

[12/27/19]   No Lap Swim this Saturday as the boys swimming & diving will be competing against Buffalo at DMS pool starting at 10am, Go Cardinals!

There is still time to register!

Swimmers - Monday 12/9/19 AM Lap swim is cancelled. Thanks.

If you think you might have left something at Lakes Area Recreation or at Shenanigans Indoor playground, check our Lost and Found. Items not claimed will be donated.
Thank you

[11/30/19]   Open Gym is canceled today Nov 30! Please be safe out there.

[11/30/19]   Lap Swim is canceled today - Saturday Nov 30.

Shenanigans and LAR Gym are OPEN today! 9am-7pm

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? How about a Punch Pass or prepaid Day Pass to SHENANIGANS?!?! Need someplace to let the kids run off some of that holiday spirit?? Stop in to SHENANIGANS!!! Looking for a safe, warm place to gather with the family?!? Check out SHENANIGANS!!! We offer two-three hour rentals with tables for all those holiday goodies and chairs to gather around, plus a large indoor playground for the kids to run around in! Consider adding some SHENANIGANS to your holiday this year!!

In addition to Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, our main office will be closed the morning of Wednesday, November 27th. Shenanigans and the gym will be open! Office will reopen after 1pm on Wednesday, November 27th.

Limited time offer!!! Purchase a 10 punch Punch Pass for Shenanigans at ONLY $40 and receive TWO free punches with it!!! Hurry this offer will only offer till December 1st!

Thank you to all those who stopped by Wake Up Alexandria this morning at Lakes Area Recreation! We really enjoyed hosting and the opportunity to have some awesome conversations and share what we do!! #LakesAreaRecreation #WakeUpAlexandria

Lakes Area Recreation is excited to be hosting Wake Up Alexandria tomorrow, Friday, November 15th! Stop by get to know us and see what all we offer!! Our facility(including our gym) will be in use from 7:30-8:30am for this event. Please keep this in mind. Hope to see you tomorrow!!!

Not your typical ladies night out! Enjoy the game of basketball in an open gym format at Discovery Middle School from 7-9pm.

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We've had some requests for a longer birthday rental option and we are happy to announce the 3 hour party option!!! The green room will now offer a 3 hour party for 15 kids at $150 (plus tax). Visit our registration site to reserve this option today!!!!

Still have Tacklebar Football gear??? Please return the helmet and shoulder pads (keep the jersey to use through 8th grade) to Lakes Area Recreation by Friday, November 1st!

Open swim this Sunday, October 20th!

Tonight's the night! Bring your aim and throwing arm because you'll need both for Blacklight Dodgeball! Grab a friend and make a team or register as a free agent and join when you arrive! Either way, it's going to be a GLOWING good time!! Parents-please remember to sign in when dropping your kid(s) off!!!

Lakes Area Recreations' Blacklight Dodgeball is THIS WEDNESDAY, October 16th. $8 preregister or $10 at the door! This is going to be an event you won't want to miss out on!!!

Flag football (Saturday) - location changed to DMS gym, times will remain the same! Please keep your flags at home as we will be playing a two hand touch scrimmage.

Tackle-Bar football - Thursday's practice and Saturday's game are canceled due to in-climate weather.

[10/09/19]   There will be no DMS Open Gym tonight (10/9) due to another event in the gym

We are counting down to Lakes Area Recreation's Blacklight Dodgeball- 10 days left to preregister at $8 or pay at the door $10.

[10/05/19]   5th & 6th grade Tacklebar is still on! No lightning in the forecast. Bundle up and we will see you at the AAHS stadium!

[10/05/19]   Flag football (4th, 3rd, 2nd, & 1st grades) is CANCELED Today due to weather 😕 5th and 6th grade tackle-bar is still on please check back at 8:15am for a new update.

When visiting Lakes Area Recreation and Shenanigans next week October 7th- October 11th parking may be limited due to resurfacing the parking lot. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation. Thank you

Don't let today's cold weather keep you from staying active! Join us for the start of Discovery Middle School (DMS) Open Gym tonight from 6:30-9pm. Can't make tonight but still want to take advantage of this awesome opportunity? Visit for a complete month schedule.

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The last day of September is here, which means fall is in the air and colder weather is right around the corner!!! Have you stopped by Lakes Area Recreation to get your Shenanigans Punch Pass yet? If not, add it to your autumn to-do list and take advantage of our third Shenanigans Punch Pass option, here for a short time only!

Enter the underwater world with our Scuba Experience class! Learn the basics of diving, breathing underwater and scuba! Register online at today! Limited spots available!

Lakes Area Recreation will be offering women's open gym this winter! Women 18 and over will have the opportunity to start pick up basketball games on Sunday nights from November 17th- April 19th at Discovery Middle School. Grab a friend or two and mark you calendars!

[09/21/19]   Weather Update:
4th grade flag football - canceled
3rd - 1st grade flag football - still on at AAHS
5th & 6th grade Tacklebar - still on at AAHS stadium

[09/21/19]   Weather Update:
4th grade flag football - canceled
3rd - 1st grade flag football - still on at AAHS
5th & 6th grade Tacklebar - still on at AAHS stadium

[09/21/19]   Good morning, the 8am 4th grade football has been cancelled due to bad weather. The 3rd grade is still scheduled but check back for updates. Sorry and thanks

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720 Fillmore St, Ste B020
Alexandria, MN

General information

Located in the Douglas County Services Center at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria, Lakes Area Recreation provides opportunities for activities such as swimming, weightlifting, cardiovascular fitness, aerobics, gymnastics, youth camps and a wide variety of sports for youth and adults. Facilities at Lakes Area Recreation include a cardio room/weight room, gymnasium, gymnastics center, locker rooms and indoor playground.

Opening Hours

Monday 18:00 - 19:00
Monday 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:00
Thursday 07:30 - 17:00
Friday 07:30 - 14:00
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