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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Help Shape Three Rivers Park District’s 2040 System Plan


Three Rivers Park District is developing a new system plan to guide park, trail and program development over the next 20 years, and is seeking public input to help in the planning process.

Imagine what Three Rivers’ system of parks and trails would be today without the vision, work and dedication of past leaders. Would the Park District’s prairies and forests be houses and office parks? Would the Trumpeter Swan be missing from the Minnesota landscape? Would people have convenient access to connect with nature? Would children be introduced to the natural world at nature centers? Would people be able to get out and recreate on miles of cross-country ski trails, golf courses, alpine ski hills and an extensive regional trail network?

As Three Rivers plans for the future as part of the 2040 System Plan work, there is an opportunity to carry Three Rivers’ natural legacy forward. The system plan will include a vision for Three Rivers’ future and serve as the road map to achieving that vision. It will determine the composition of parks, trails and facilities, solidify the role and focus of resource protection and programming, define our core competencies and more.

The Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners and staff kicked off the 2040 System Plan discussion in 2017 by focusing on a high-level snapshot of current conditions at the Park District. Based on the findings of that analysis and many detailed conversations, a draft vision statement and three key goals for the 2040 System Plan were formed:

Vision: Every person can discover, explore and enjoy the wonder of nature every day.

Goal 1: You belong here.
Three Rivers is relevant, convenient and welcoming to all people.

Goal 2: Parks Matter.
Three Rivers is essential to vibrant, healthy and livable communities.

Goal 3: Lead by Example
Three Rivers is intentional and innovative in meeting the needs of today while anticipating and protecting the needs of tomorrow.

Those wishing to provide feedback and share ideas are asked to visit for more information on the system plan process and to participate in an online survey. Or you can e-mail your thoughts to The online survey and comment period will remain open until September 30. 

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