Parks Policies & Planning

Collaboration with regional partners pays off

Truly a shining star in the Twin Cities, the regional parks system has thrived over four decades through a unique collaboration among public sector agencies across the area.
The regional parks system began with pioneering state legislation in 1974 that gave the Metropolitan Council responsibility for overseeing acquisition and development of regional parks. The Council works with 10 partner cities, counties and special districts that operate and maintain day-to-day functions at each park in their jurisdiction.

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2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan

The Council reviews its Regional Parks Policy Plan every four years and amends it as needed, as required by state law. 

Council staff are currently developing the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan for adoption by the Council in 2015, and the draft plan is available for review. More about the Regional Parks Policy Plan.



Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission

In coordination with ten regional park implementing agencies (counties, cities and special park districts), the Commission helps the Council develop a long-range plan and an acquisition and development program that includes funding priorities for regional parks.  See MPOSC members, meetings, and minutes.