Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 49 recreation centers. Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 23 million visits annually.
MPRB was recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the #1 urban park system in the United States. It is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)—one of just one of five park agencies in Minnesota and some 130 in the United States that have this distinction for excellence in operations and service. View additional MPRB awards.