Annual Use Estimates

Tracking visits to the regional parks and trails

Children swimming at a pool.In partnership with the regional park implementing agencies, we have produced regional parks use estimates annually since 1995. The data estimate visitation to each regional park facility in the jurisdictions of the 10 park agencies.

The results are used in formulas to calculate each agency’s share of Met Council-awarded grant program dollars. The estimates also allow us to monitor trends over time. The use estimate represents true collaborative interagency work, including staff from the Met Council’s Community Development Research unit.

Due to COVID-19, we will not produce a parks use estimate in 2020.