Regional Parks Policy Plan

The 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan outlines the Metropolitan Council's goals and strategies for the development of our world-class regional parks. It describes how the regional parks system will be developed and operated to support Thrive MSP 2040 goals.

The Met Council adopted the current plan in 2018.

Next steps with the draft amendment to the policy plan

The public comment period for the draft Regional Parks Policy Plan amendment is now closed. The draft plan amendment was available for public comment from August 26 – October 30, and a public hearing was held on October 19.

Met Council staff are in the process of reviewing all comments received. The Regional Parks Policy Plan may be revised as a result.

A summary of the comments received will be documented in the Public Comment Log Report that will be formally shared at the November 5, 2020 Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission meeting and posted on the website. Met Council staff will share a summary of the comments received, the Council response, and proposed revisions to the Regional Parks Policy Plan with Council committees and interested members of the public in December 2020.

6 things to know about the 2020 update

  • 26 new and expanded regional parks, trails, special recreation features, and search areas for future parks, trails, and trail extensions
  • New special recreation feature — bridging facilities
  • New policy for regional park and trail boundary adjustments
  • Requiring an equity analysis for parks and trails master plans
  • Policy clarifications and updates
  • Studies and analysis to update policy in the future

Other regional plans

The regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, sets the policy foundations for systems and policy plans developed by the Council. In addition to the parks policy plan, see: