Regional Parks

Residents treasure nationally renowned parks system

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to a system of regional parks and trails that are nationally renowned for their beauty, size and variety of features. With 53 parks and park reserves, more than 340 miles of interconnected trails, and 8 special recreation features, the system provides a wealth of opportunities for recreation, exercise, and just plain fun. It also preserves significant green space and wildlife habitat.

The regional parks system draws more than 48 million visits every year – more than visit the Mall of America –
and makes communities more vital and attractive.

Park policies

The Council's Community Development Committee addresses issues related to regional park policies, plans and grants. The Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission (MPOSC)  helps the Council develop a long-range plan, and an acquisition and development program that includes funding priorities for regional parks.

Park hours, fees & activities

See details about individual parks from the agency that manages that park.

Park funding

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logo; link to Legacy Amendment website.Park funds come from a variety of sources, including the State of Minnesota's Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.  See the Parks Funding and Finance page for details.

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