The Council is required by state law to comprehensively review its Regional Parks Policy Plan every four years and amend it as needed. The Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission (MPOSC) helps the Council develop the plan in coordination with 10 regional park implementing agencies. More about MPOSC members and meetings.
A 2014 study, Regional Park Use among Select Communities of Color, informed the update of the Parks Policy Plan, with the goal of more equitable use of the regional parks system.
See a March 2014 newsletter article about the study:"Council engages people of color to discuss regional parks usage."
Regional Park Use among Select Communities of Color (23 pages, pdf)
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A draft of the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan (118 pages, 3.5 MB pdf) is currently available for review. It reflects the Council's vision for the region over the next 30 years, as described in Thrive MSP 2040.
The public hearing report and the revised 2040 Parks Policy Plan draft will be presented
January 6 to the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission and
January 20 to the Community Development Committee.
On February 11, the Metropolitan Council will act on the 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan.
The current 2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan, created in 2010, was amended in June 2013 to add the proposed Kingswood Special Recreation Feature to the regional parks system.
2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan (114 pages, 5.4 MB pdf)