Park System Enhancements

Regional park improvements range from landscaping and resurfacing trails, to maintaining and constructing facilities  and acquiring acres of new land to expand existing parks.  

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.

Council staff work with the Metropolitan Parks and
Open Space Commission (MPOSC)
to review improvement needs. Their recommendations 
are compiled into the annual Regional Parks
Capital Improvement Program, which is reviewed and approved by the full Metropolitan Council.  

2018 Parks and Trails Legacy Celebrations!

Minnesota's Legacy logo and link to celebration information.Please join us in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment!

Each event will be filled with family-friendly activities aiming to engage and inspire people from across the community to get involved with their parks and trails, and to learn about the opportunities the Legacy Amendment offers.  See details about events.

For a list of funded projects from the 2014 Regional Parks Capital Improvement Program, see the 2014 Metropolitan Regional Parks Capital Improvement Projects Funded from 2014 State and Metropolitan Council Bonds (pdf).