About The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Welcome to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work.
The Minneapolis Park System consists of 197 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,744 acres of parkland and water. The backbone of the park system is its 47 full-service neighborhood recreation centers.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board annually serves nearly 400,000 citizens of Minneapolis. Approximately 18 million visits are made to the system each year, with an estimated five million visits to neighborhood parks. The Chain of Lakes draws over five million visits annually.
The park board was created by the Minnesota legislature and ratified by Minneapolis voters in April 1883. The nine-member Board of Commissioners is an independently elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for maintaining and developing the Minneapolis Park system to meet the needs of citizens of Minneapolis. This unique structure allows independent decision-making so the MPRB can efficiently oversee a diverse system of land and water. Every four years commissioners are elected to this Board: one from each of the six park districts within the city and three that serve at-large.
The MPRB’s organizational structure provides administration, planning, programs, development, maintenance and police protection for the city's park and recreational facilities. Environmental, recreational and other park programs and services are provided for all ages and abilities.
Minneapolis earned the first-ever “five park bench” rating on The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index, finishing first among the 50 U.S. largest U.S. cities in both 2013 and 2014. Minneapolis scored well on all ParkScore rating factors, with especially high marks for park accessibility and park system investment. The ParkScore index rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches.
Recent Minneapolis Distinctions
- Fittest City in America – Shape Magazine 2012
- Most Bikeable City in U.S. – Walk Score 2012
- Among 25 Best Cities for Walking – Prevention Magazine 2012
- One of 10 greenest cities in the nation – Move.com 2011
- Minneapolis/St. Paul area ranked top in nation for volunteering – National & Community Service 2011
- One of 18 Coolest Cities in the U.S. – Men's Journal 2011
- 4th Best Place in the World for a Summer Trip – National Geographic Magazine 2011
A Minneapolis Parks Foundation survey affirmed the public perception that the Minneapolis Park System is the “jewel in the crown” of the city. Ninety-nine percent of Minneapolis residents polled saw the parks and lakes as a unique and valuable asset for the city. Ninety-six percent favorably rated the quality, overall appearance and maintenance of the system.
Many cultural and historic amenities are located on park land or administered by the Park Board, such as:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411
MPRB Federal Tax ID #: 41-6005375