Mission: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) shall permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve, and enhance its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations.
In 1883 a group of influential citizens decided the city needed parks. Bypassing a resistant city council, they got the state legislature to create an independent Board of Park Commissioners for Minneapolis, which the voters approved in April of 1883. Its park system is a national and international model.
The MPRB is an elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for governing, maintaining and developing the Minneapolis park system. Today, MPRB maintains a 6,400-acre (2,590 hec) system that includes local and regional parks. Its Chain of Lakes and 55-mi. (89 km) Parkway System are internationally recognized.
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