Regional Parks and Trails System Visitor Study

The 2021 Park and Trail Visitor Study is a summer survey of park and trail users at a variety of different metro area parks and trails. The survey asks visitors about their reasons for visiting, activities they participated in at the site, how they got to the site, and demographic information.

The Met Council has hired Wilder Research to carry out the data collection portion of the project. Data collection will start on Memorial Day weekend and finish on Labor Day weekend.

This project is very important for the Met Council because it will:


  • Help inform planning, policy, and management
  • Evaluate and strengthen equitable usage of regional parks and trails in accordance with the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan
  • Update data to help determine where funding goes for parks and trails

If you are invited to share your ideas as a survey participant, thank you for doing so! Responses will be used to fund and improve the regional parks system.

Contact us

Darcie Vandegrift, Principal Researcher