Insights about the Regional Park System and its visitors
New! Play Features
Play Features provide accessible insights about the Twin Cities' Regional Park System and its visitors through brief summaries and interactive, web-based tools.
2016 Parks Visitor Study
The Council, with the help of ISG, administered a questionnaire to regional park and trail visitors in the summer of 2016.
Visitor data gleaned from the study is used to inform regional park and trail planning and management. The information is also used to update inputs used in funding formulas specified in state statute.
Council Research Analyst Raintry Salk and Outreach Coordinator Claudia Fuentes led groundbreaking research in 2014 to determine why people of color do not visit the regional parks proportionate to their numbers in the population.
The three most common barriers identified: lack of awareness, lack of time and safety concerns.