Alcohol Use Ordinance

Alcohol consumption is not allowed in parks unless it is served at a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board eatery licensed to serve alcohol, or you have a special use permit.

Occasionally, we provide permits for events or facilities to distribute alcohol. In those cases, alcohol consumption is allowed in designated areas.

Ordinance PB2-17

Tobacco Use Policy

Effective: May 8 2017

The use of tobacco products, including electronic delivery devices, on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board lands and in Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board owned and/or operated facilities is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to,  playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches, aquatic areas, lakes and rivers, ice skating rinks, parks, walking/hiking/biking trails, restaurants, maintenance support facilities, the MPRB Headquarters, golf courses, and temporary work zones such as the street right-of-way among others.

It is not a violation of this policy for a person or group to use tobacco on Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board owned or operated land as part of a traditional spiritual or cultural ceremony. Approval from Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent or designee must be requested and received prior to the ceremony.

The community, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board facility users and staff, will be notified about this policy through posted signs, on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website, and at community meetings (during the first year following adoption of the policy). Park staff, including Park Police, will help inform the public of the new policy, and warn those violating this policy that they will be asked to leave the park/facility should they fail to stop using tobacco products.

Those violating this policy after the first year may be asked to leave the park/park facility by the Park staff, including Park Police.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff, including Park Police, will monitor compliance with this policy for the purposes of determining whether a future ordinance may be needed.


Electronic delivery device” means any product containing or delivering nicotine, lobelia, or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or any other substance through inhalation of vapor from the product. Electronic delivery device includes any component part of a product, whether or not marketed or sold separately. Electronic delivery device does not include any product that has been approved or certified by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco-cessation product, as a tobacco-dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is marketed and sold for such an approved purpose.   

Tobacco product” means any product that is made from or derived from tobacco, or that contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, a cigarette, a cigar, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, or snus. “Tobacco product” also means electronic delivery devices and any component or accessory used in the consumption of a tobacco product, such as filters, rolling papers, pipes, and substances used in electronic delivery devices, whether or not they contain nicotine.  “Tobacco product” does not include drugs, devices, or combination products authorized for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.