The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers many options for parking throughout the parks system. Pay parking areas are in regional park lots, on-street meters on parkways, contract lots, and event parking. There are many free parking lots (including neighborhood parks) and bays on parkways throughout Minneapolis. The links below provide information on specific areas of our parking services to meet all of our park patrons needs. For areas of parking, how to use our pay parking terminals, and ADA accessibility policies, please see below on this page.

Pay Parking is enforced in pay lots and on-street meters daily, including holidays.  Please note that Minneapolis Park and Recreation board pay parking regulations may differ from other municipal entities for holidays and hours of pay parking.

Annual Patron Parking Permit

Permit provides year-round parking privileges at all designated regional Patron Parking lots.

Buy/Renew an Annual Patron Parking Permit

Pay a Citation Online

Parking Citations are now being written as Hennepin County Citations. For further information please follow the link below:

Ticket & Citation Info

Accessible Parking


During park hours, visitors with either handicap plates or placard (hang tag) are encouraged to park in the designated handicap parking stalls. If these spaces are unavailable, you may park in any space at no charge. Annual Patron Parking Permits may be purchased, but are not required.


During park hours, visitors with either handicap plates or placard (hang tag) may park at any parking lot meter or on-street meter at no charge.

The parking parking meter would not accept my payment, what should I do?

Please report a meter issue using the online form on this page.

I received a citation, what are my options?

See the Tickets & Citations page for more information.

Can I use my Annual Patron Parking Permit at on-street metered spaces?

No. Annual Patron Parking Permit is only valid in parking lots. Refer to posted signage for restrictions.

Can I purchase my parking in advance?

At this time we do not offer advanced payment of parking for our on-street parking parking meters or in pay lots, with the exception of reserved parking for private events.

Do I have to pay for parking if I reserved an event space?

Parking for private events that require the use of a pay lot is arranged when you make your event reservation through Use and Event Permitting.

Do the parking parking meters accept credit cards?

All multi-space on-street parking parking meters accept coin or credit card(Visa, Master Card, American Express); single space parking parking meters on West River Road and East River Road only accept coins.

Pay by Phone

  • To pay your parking at one of our on-street parking meters, please download the MPLSParking or Parkmobile app from the App Store or Google Play (also available for Windows, Blackberry, and Amazon based devices).
  • Create your free account linked to an email address, vehicle license plate (you can add more than one!), and a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover).
  • Enter your space or parking lot number (5 digit number beginning with 9  (on-street) or 99 (surface lot)
  • Select parking duration from the list
  • Confirm and pay for your space with the credit card registered to your app

For more information please check out this how-to guide from Parkmobile.


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Permit Rates

First Permit
$40 Adult 18-61
$35 Adult 62+

Second Permit (for an additional vehicle owned by a valid permit holder)
Same fee if purchased at a later date.
$30 Adult 18-61
$20 Adult 62+

You cannot purchase a second permit to replace an expiring permit on a vehicle – renewing an expired permit is the same price as the first permit.

Replacement Permit
Issued when you return original permit and replacement fee. Expires the same month as original purchase.
$20 Adult
$15 Adult 62+

Buy/Renew a Permit

Good to Know

Each permit is linked to a license plate number. Permit holders with incomplete or incorrect license plate information may receive a citation. Permit holders are responsible for providing and maintaining accurate license plate information.

Permit valid only when affixed to inside lower right corner (passenger side) of windshield by its own adhesive.

Permit is non-transferable.

Pay a Parking Ticket

How to Buy a Parking Permit Online

Spanish [PDF], Somali [PDF], Hmong [PDF]

You may also call or visit Park Board Headquarters, or visit concessions at Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet during the operating season.

Or, complete and submit a permit application [PDF] with payment by mail.

We will mail your permit within 10 days.