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.
See the 2014 Metropolitan Regional Parks Capital Improvement Projects Funded from 2014 State and Metropolitan Council Bonds (pdf)