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