Parks for People-Minnesota
Our Parks for People program works to ensure that everyone lives in close proximity to a safe park, trail, community garden, or other open space. In this spirit, our work in the Twin Cities has helped create and conserve the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in East St. Paul, the Caponi Art Park, Minneapolis community gardens, Pilot Knob, the Wayzata Woods, and other key conservation projects.
Currently, The Trust for Public Land is leading efforts to create an ambitious downtown Minneapolis signature linear park—The Gateway—that will deliver downtown residents, visitors, and workers to the Mississippi River. This green corridor will allow safe and beautiful passage to bicyclists and pedestrians from the downtown core near the Light Rail, along Nicollet Mall, to the great Mississippi River.
Our vision is to continue expanding the Twin Cities' magnificent park system to create and increase connectivity between public parks, gardens, trails, and other natural areas. We hope to connect vibrant downtown business districts, the inner city neighborhoods, and growing suburban and exurban regions. This strategic investment to protect land and water is essential to preserve the overall quality of life in the places where most Minnesotans live, work and play.
Explore our work
Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects. You’ll find some of our favorite places on the map below.