Parks for People–Twin Cities

City parks, trails, and natural lands are where most of us go to pursue health-promoting exercise, gather with neighbors, and visit nature close to home. The Trust for Public Land works with communities large and small to put a park, trail, or natural area within a 10-minute walk of every Twin Cities resident.  Over the last 20 years, we’ve helped create parks and conserve land including the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Frogtown Park and Farm, Pilot Knob, the Minneapolis community gardens, and many more beautiful places that people visit every day for health, fun, and inspiration.

But much remains to be done. At The Trust for Public Land we work to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the multiple benefits of parks and natural space.  While Minneapolis and St. Paul consistently rank among top cities in the Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index, up to ten percent of residents still live further than a 10-minute walk from a park or natural space.

Underserved neighborhoods are often those most in need of the revitalization and economic investment parks can bring. Neighborhoods like Midway in St. Paul, adjacent to the Green Line light rail line—where we are helping partners develop a new city park. Or North Minneapolis, where we’re working to improve access to the Mississippi River so nearby residents can enjoy its beauty and recreation.

With support from our donors, we work to expand the Twin Cities’ magnificent park systems, improve connections between parks and trails, and ensure that this “green infrastructure” offers maximum protection as the climate changes, cooling the air and absorbing water from more frequent and intense storms. We promote public funding to build and maintain our parks, so they can further the health and wellbeing of all Twin City residents. 

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.