Residents treasure nationally renowned parks system
The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to a system of regional parks and trails that are nationally renowned for their beauty, size and variety of features.
With 53 parks and park reserves, more than 340 miles of interconnected trails, and 8 special recreation features, the system provides a wealth of opportunities for recreation, exercise, and just plain fun. It also preserves significant green space and wildlife habitat.
The Council's Community Development Committee addresses issues related to regional park policies, plans and grants. The Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission (MPOSC) helps the Council develop a long-range plan, and an acquisition and development program that includes funding priorities for regional parks.
See details about individual parks from the agency that manages that park.
The regional parks system draws more than 48 million visits every year – more than visit the Mall of America –
and makes communities more vital and attractive.