Regional Parks Policy Plan


The Council is required by state law to comprehensively review its Regional Parks Policy Plan every four years and amend it as needed. The Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission (MPOSC)  helps the Council develop the plan in coordination with 10 regional park implementing agencies.  More about MPOSC members and meetings. 

A draft of the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan (118 pages, 3.5 MB pdf) is currently available for review.  It reflects the Council's vision for the region over the next 30 years, as described in Thrive MSP 2040. 

Public hearing and comments

A public hearing on the draft plan was held October 20th and comments on the plan were taken through October 30th.

Next steps

The public hearing report and the revised 2040 Parks Policy Plan draft will be presented

  • January 6 to the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission and

  • January 20 to the Community Development Committee.

On February 11, the Metropolitan Council will act on the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan. 

The current 2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan, created in 2010, was amended in June 2013 to add the proposed Kingswood Special Recreation Feature to the regional parks system.