2019

October 2019 – Visit Minnehaha Falls, Bike the Famous Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Attend an Outdoor Festival or Concert (MPRB movies and music in the parks) listed among “The Best Things To Do in Minneapolis During the Summer”

October 2019 – Minnehaha Falls named “Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts” and Loring Park named “Best for Plant Moms”

September 2019Minnehaha Regional Park named among The best American parks for incredible fall colors

July 2019 – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden named Best Public Art; Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (includes Minneapolis riverfront), Best Preserve; Great River Road National Scenic Byway (includes Minneapolis river road and parkways), Best Cultural Trail, Best History Trail and Best State Trail

July 2019Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Theodore Wirth Park, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Lyndale Park Gardens, Minnehaha Falls and music and movies in the parks listed among reasons “Why You Should Move to the Twin Cities”

July 2019 MPRB’s Levin Triangle, North Loop and Powderhorn named among 5 Best parks and playgrounds for children in the Twin Cities area

May 2019 – Webber Pool, Lake Harriet Beach and Sea Salt Eatery [at Minnehaha Park]: listed among Top 10 attractions for Yelp Twin Cities’ Summer Bucket List

May 2019Minneapolis ranked #3 Park System in the U.S.

May 2019 – Minneapolis ranked 3rd Fittest City in the U.S.

April 2019 – Minneapolis named 5th among Top 10 Cities for Runners

April 2019 – In City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities 2019, Loring Park Dog Grounds earns Best Dog Park; Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, Best Bike Trail; Theodore Wirth to Calhoun Beach Club; Best Place to Cross-Country Ski; Columbia Golf Club; Best Place to Sled; Minnehaha Creek Bunny, Best Landmark; Sea Salt [at Minnehaha Park] Opens: Best Sign of Spring

April 2019 – MPRB Forestry Department received Tree City USA Award & Growth Award from The Arbor Day Foundation

March 2019 – MPRB Forestry Department received Minnesota Lifetime Achievement Award for 40 great years of Elmer the Elm Tree campaign by Minnesota Society of Arboriculture and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee

March 2019 – Minneapolis Park Police Department received President’s Award from the Park Law Enforcement Association in recognition to response to opioid overdoses and homelessness

January 2019 – Minneapolis ranked 6th (of 100) Best City for an Active Lifestyle

2018

December 2018 – Government Alliance for Race Equity and League of Minnesota Cities recognize MPRB for Creating a More Inclusive and Effective Democracy

November 2018 – MPRB Forestry Department earns Legacy Project of the Year Award

October 2018 Minneapolis named one of the Best Big Cities in the U.S.

October 2018 Minnehaha Falls earns TripSavvy 2018 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Beaches & Natural Attractions

October 2018 – Loring Park earns TripSavvy 2018 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Parks & Gardens

July 2018 – MPRB and Xcel Energy earn State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for solar power projects in 5 parks: East Phillips Cultural and Community Center, Lake Nokomis, Parade Ice Arena, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Webber Natural Swimming Pool

June 2018 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns Award of Excellence for 2017 Customer Service Boot Camp: Back to the Basics Staff Training

May 2018 – Minneapolis named NRPA Gold Medal Award Finalist

May 2018 – Minneapolis is one of the 15 US Cities where it’s easiest to live without a car

May 2018 –Lake Harriet earns Best Park in Minnesota

May 2018 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Most Bikeable City

May 2018 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Park System in America

April 2018 – MPRB Forestry earns Tree City USA Award & Growth Award

April 2018 – In City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities 2018 Readers’ Choice Poll, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden earns Best Public Art; Cedar Lake East Beach, Best Beach; Minnehaha Regional Park, Best Public Park.

April 2018 – In City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities 2018, Stone Arch Bridge earns Best Place to People-Watch; Lake Nokomis, Best Beach; Wabun Picnic Area, Best Splash Pad; Minnehaha Regional Park, Best Public Park; Minnehaha Creek Park, Best Place to Jog

April 2018 – Minneapolis ranked Second Best City for Runners

March 2018 – MPRB Forestry earns Lifetime Achievement Award

January 2018 – Minneapolis named one of the 10 Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

2017

November 2017 – Minneapolis/St. Paul ranked 4th Best U.S. City for an Affordable Getaway

October 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 12th Greenest City in America, #1 Bike Score

October 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 8th Best City for Dog Lovers

September 2017Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas-Fort Worth tie for America’s Cleanest Cities

September 2017Minneapolis among 15 Best U.S. Cities to view Autumn Foliage

August 2017 – Minneapolis named one of 10 Greenest cities in the U.S.

July 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 7h Best Big City to Live In

July 2017 – Minnehaha Falls Dog Park earns Best Dog Park in Minnesota by WCCO Viewers’ Choice

June 2017 – Minneapolis named among eight Top American Cities You’ll Want to Visit in Summertime

June 2017 – Minneapolis named one of Top 13 Cycling Cities in the US

June 2017 – Minneapolis-St. Paul earn Best Place to Bike-Commute Year-Round

May 2017 – Minneapolis ranked #1 City for Staycations

May 2017 – Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington earn America’s Fittest City by American Fitness Index

May 2017 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board named NRPA Gold Medal Award Finalist

May 2017 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns 2016 Award of Excellence for adoption of the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20)

May 2017 Minneapolis ranked #1 Park System in the United States for fifth consecutive year

April 2017 – Eloise butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary Boardwalk Project earns Merit Award

April 2017 – Minneapolis ranked Second Best City for Runners

April 2017 – Father Hennepin Bluff Park earns Best Public Park in Best of the Twin Cities

April 2017 – Minnehaha Park and Falls earns Best Public Park in Reader’s Choice Award

March 2017 – MPRB Forestry Department earns Minnesota Community Forestry Award

February 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 18th Most Bike Friendly City in the World

February 2017 – Minneapolis ranked Most Bike Friendly City in the U.S.

February 2017 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Bike Friendly City in America

February 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 7th best city for living w out a car

February 2017Minneapolis named among 11 U.S. Cities Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

February 2017 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns Tree City USA Award and Growth Award

January 2017 – Minneapolis ranked 6th Best city for an Active Lifestyle

2016

Dec. 2016 – Grand Rounds Scenic Byway part of 1000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die by Workman Publishing Co.

Sept. 2016 – Minnehaha Falls earns 16th Most Breathtaking Destination in the World

Aug. 2016 – Minneapolis earns America’s Fittest Town from Muscle and Fitness

Aug. 2016 – Minneapolis Chain of Lakes earns Best Running City

July 2016 – Lake Harriet earns Best Lake

July 2016 – Minnehaha Creek earns Best Trail

July 2016 – Lynnhurst Park earns Best Park

May 2016 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns #1 Park System in America from the Trust for Public Land

April 2016 – Lake Nokomis earns Best Summer Swimming

April 2016 – John Elward, Arborist Crew Leader, earns the Mark Stennes Award from the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

April 2016 – Minneapolis earns 12th Most Walkable City

Mar. 2016 – Minneapolis-St. Paul earn 7th Top Metropolitans of 2015 in the East North Central Region (3rd Best in the West North Central Region) – Site Selection Magazine

Mar. 2016 – Minneapolis-St. Paul earn 12th Best Place to Live in the US

Feb. 2016 – Minneapolis Park Police Department earn the Platinum Excellence Award from the Park Law Enforcement Association

Jan. 2016 – Minneapolis earns the 6th Best City for an Active Lifestyle

2015

Dec. 2015 – The Grand Rounds earn a Sensible Land Use Coalition 2015 Great Places Award

Nov. 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #34 for America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel

Oct. 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #7 for Most Green Cities in America

Oct. 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul is among America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel

Oct. 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul is #1 in The 8 Absolute Top Cities in the US to Live In – Patch of Earth

Oct. 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington are #19 on the Best & Worst Cities for Winter Holiday Travel

Oct. 2015 – Pathways to Places earns the Minneapolis Downtown Council 2025 Plan Leadership Award

Sep. 2015 – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden ranked #13 Best Art Museum in America

Sep. 2015 – Minneapolis Ranked #3 20 Best City for 20 Somethings

Sep. 2015 – Minneapolis Parks earns CAPRA Reaccreditation, Best of the Best Award in Parks and Recreation Magazine

Sep. 2015 – Sergeant Rick Doll earns Distinguished Service Award from Special Olympics Minnesota

Aug. 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #25 on The World’s 30 Friendliest Cities

July 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #17 on America’s Best Cities for Picnics

July 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #7 Best City for Recreation

July 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #4 of 10 Best Destinations for an Affordable Late Summer Vacation

July 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #1 of Top 10 Cities Where People Don’t Look Their Age

July 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #4 of America’s Best Cities for Festivals

July 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #3 Friendliest City in America

June 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #1 of 2015’s Best Cities for 4th of July Celebrations

June 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #2 of The 18 Best Biking Cities on Earth

June 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #2 of the 10 Most Playful Cities for Families

June 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #17 of America’s Best Cities for History Buffs

June 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington ranked #46 in Best Places for Summer Travel

June 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #18 of The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

May 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #15 in 2015’s Best Cities for Staycations

May 2015 – Minneapolis Parks and St. Paul Parks tie for first place on the Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Index

May 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #2 on the American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Index®

May 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Most Bikeable City of 2015

May 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #2 in the 20 Greenest Cities in America

May 2015 – Minneapolis Parks earns Tree City USA Award from The Arbor Day Foundation

April 2015- Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington ranked #17 in Gallup’s State of American Well-Being

April 2015 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #5 in the 8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors

April 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #1 in the Top 10 Healthiest Cities

April 2015 – The Sea Salt Eatery ranked #24 in The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants

April 2015 – The Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architects

April 2015 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests

April 2015 – Boom Island Park earns Best Picnic Spot

April 2015 – Ridgway Parkway earns Best View

April 2015 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Dog Park

April 2015 – Loring Park earns Best Public Park

April 2015 – Lake Nokomis earns Best Lake

April 2015 – Cedar Lake Regional Trail earns Best Bike Trail

April 2015 – Lake Harriet Band Shell earns Best Place to Watch a Film Outdoors

April 2015 – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden earns Best Public Art

April 2015 – Theodore Wirth Park earns Best Place to Sled

April 2015 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Public Park

Mar. 2015 – Minneapolis ranked #2 in the Top 10 Best Downtowns

2014

Dec. 2014 – Wirth Beach earns the Great Places Award from the Sensible Land Use Coalition

Dec. 2014 – Ellen Kosmoski earns the Hospitality Hero Award from Meeting Minneapolis

Nov. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #4 overall, #1 for public parks in America’s Favorite Cities 2014

Oct. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #34 in America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel

Oct. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #2 in America’s Most Cyclist Friendly Cities on ForRent.com

Sep. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #1 in The Friendliest Cities

Sep. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #2 in Too Cool for School: 8 Fun End of Summer Escapes [PDF]

Aug. 2014 – Bde Maka Ska featured in Best Midwest Beaches

Aug. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #3 in The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Aug. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #9 in America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel

Aug. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #3 in 2014 Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in Bicycling Magazine

July 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #4 best in Best & Worst Cities for Recreation

May 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #3 in Best Cities for Cyclists

May 2014 – Minnesota ranked #2 in 2014 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking

May 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #1 in 5 Best Midwest Cities for Green Commuters

May 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #5 in Top 10 Cycling Cities in the U.S.

May 2014 – Minneapolis Parks ranked Number One Park System in the U.S. by the Trust for Public Land

April 2014 – Minneapolis featured in The 10 Best Big Cities for Active Families

April 2014 – Minneapolis featured in 10 Cities You Should Explore on Two Wheels

April 2014 – Minneapolis featured in Top 10 Greenest Cities in America

April 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #3 in 10 Best Cycling Towns

April 2014 – Chain of Lakes featured in Best City for Family Travel

April 2014 – Minneapolis featured in The Most Kid-Friendly Cities in America

April 2014 – Minneapolis featured in 10 Best Biking Vacations for Families

April 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #5 in 7 Kid-friendly cities to move to in the U.S.

Mar. 2014 – Minneapolis featured in Top 10 Best Convention Cities

Mar. 2014 – Minneapolis ranked #2 in Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the US

Mar. 2014 – Minneapolis featured in Top 10 Best Cities to be an Artist on MyLife.com

Feb. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul featured in Top 10 Things for Families to do in Minnesota

Jan. 2014 – Minneapolis Chain of Lakes earns Best City for Family Travel

Jan. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul featured in Top 15 Destinations for Winter Getaways

Jan. 2014 – Minneapolis – St. Paul earns America’s Fittest City

2013

Nov. 2013 – Sergeants Rick Doll and Robert Helmeke earn the Lifesaving Award from the Minneapolis Police Department

Oct. 2013 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns the the 2013 Watershed Heroes Award: Innovation in Government Award for Environmental Management

Sep. 2013 – Officer Sam Xiong earns the Lifesaving Award from the Minneapolis Police Department

Aug. 2013 – Park Patrol Agent Sean Hyman earns the Lifesaving Award from the Minneapolis Police Department

Aug. 2013 – Minneapolis featured in Best U.S Cities for Recreational Activities

July 2013 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Bike-Friendly City

June 2013 – Minneapolis parks recieve a Five Bench Score in the Trust For Public Land’s ParkScore Index

June 2013 – Minneapolis ranked #10 in 17 Best U.S. Cities for Dogs

June 2013 – Sergeant James Hubler earns Officer of the Year – Honorable Mention Award from the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers’ Association

June 2013 – Bde Maka Ska featured in “Five Reasons to Beach It!” in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of Summer

June 2013 – Lake Harriet Bandshell featured in Three Spots for Entertainment Under the Stars in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of Summer

June 2013 –  Jim Lupient Waterpark and North Commons Waterpark featured in Five Water Parks Where You Can Cool It in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of Summer

June 2013 – Powderhorn Lake featured in Three Fish-Friendly Stops Worthy of a Perfect Cast in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of Summer

June 2013 – Grand Rounds and Cedar Lake Trail featured in Four Bike Trails That Go The Distance in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: Best of Summer

May 2013 – Minneapolis – St. Paul ranked #1 Healthiest, Fittest Cities in the USA [PDF]

May 2013 – Minnehaha Park ranked #22 in Top 30 World’s Most Beautiful City Parks

May 2013 – The Planning Department earns Best Park, Small Scale award for the North 4th Ave Playground

May 2013 – Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Recreation Area earns Best Dog Park

May 2013 – Mississippi River Roads earn Best Long-Distance Running Path

April 2013 – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board earns Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

April 2013 – Minneapolis ranked #9 Most Walkable City in the U.S.

April 2013 – Theodore Wirth Park earns Reader’s Choice Award in the Golden Valley Patch

April 2013 – Powderhorn Park earns Best Sledding in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – Powderhorn Lake earns Best Lake – 2013 in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Picnic Spot in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – Chain of Lakes earns Best People-Watching in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – Theodore Wirth Park earns Reader’s Choice – Best Public Golf Course in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – West River Parkway earns Best Bike Trail in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

April 2013 – Theodore Wirth Park earns Reader’s Choice – Best Sledding in the City Pages “Best of” and “Reader’s Choice” 2013

Mar. 2013 – The Forestry Department earns the Minnesota Community Forestry Outstanding Project Award for 2013 from the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee

Feb. 2013 – Minneapolis featured in Ten Best U.S. Cities for Urban Forests – American Forests

Jan. 2013 – Minneapolis ranked #2 for Bikeability in the USA by Walk Score 2013

2012

Nov. 2012 – East River Flats Park named one of Minnesota’s Greatest Hits by Minnesota Monthly

Oct. 2012 – Minneahaha Falls named one of Lavender Magazine’s 100 Favorites

May 2012 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Fittest City in America

May 2012 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Most Bikeable City in America

April 2012 – Cedar Lake earns Best Lake

April 2012 – West River Parkway earns Best Place to Run

April 2012 – Bde Maka Ska earns Best Lake in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

April 2012 – Minnehaha Park earns Best Urban Hike in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

April 2012 – Minnehaha Park earns Best Park in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

April 2012 – Wirth Golf Club earns Best Public Golf Course in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

Mar. 2012 – Minneapolis ranked #20 in 25 Best Cities for Walking

2011

April 2011 – Mississippi River Road earns Best Place to Run

April 2011 – Grand Rounds along the Mississippi River earns Best Bike Trail

April 2011 – Boom Island earns Best Picnic Spot

April 2011 – Minnehaha Park earns Best Place to Waste an Afternoon

April 2011 – Lake Harriet earns Best Lake

April 2011 – Cedar Lake East Beach earns Best Beach

April 2011 – Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area earns Best Place to Walk a Dog

April 2011 – Lake of the Isles earns Best Ice Skating

April 2011 – Kenwood Park earns Best Sledding

April 2011 – Bde Maka Ska earns Best Lake, Best Beach, and Best Place to Run in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

April 2011 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Park in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

April 2011- Hiawatha Golf Club earns Best Public Golf Course in City Pages Readers’ Choice Awards

Mar. 2011 – Minneapolis featured in 18 Coolest Cities in the U.S.

Feb. 2011 – Theodore Wirth Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Falls Park earn Twin Cities’ Best Winter Walks in the City Pages

2010

April 2010 – Minneapolis ranked #1 Bike City in America

April 2010 – Cedar Lake earns Best Place to Run in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Lake Harriet earns Best Bike Trails in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Cedar Lake East Beach earns Best Beach in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Fort Snelling earns Best Nine-Hole Golf Course in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Lake of the Isles earns Best Place to Ice Skate in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Loring Park earns Best Park in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Bde Maka Ska earns Best Lake in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Loring Park Summer Music and Movies earns Best Place for a First Date in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – The middle of frozen Lake Harriet earns Best Place to Make Out in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Minnehaha Falls earns Best Place to Break Up in City Pages Best of Twin Cities

April 2010 – Linden Hills neighborhood (Lake Harriet) earns Best Place to Take Our of Town Guests in City Pages Best of Twin Cities