Parks Funding & Finance
Funding the regional parks system
The Council allocates state and regional funds for ongoing acquisition, development and non-capital projects such as environmental education for the parks system. Between 1974 and 2014, the Council authorized a total of $626.9 million in grant funds for those purposes.
Funding for the grants comes from state bonds, regional bonds issued by the Council, monies from the Minnesota Environmental Trust Fund (recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources), Land and Legacy Fund monies, and interest earnings.
See Celebrating 6 Years of Legacy Parks and Trails Success (pdf).