Parks & Trails

About the Park System
In 2004, Scott County became the tenth Regional Park implementing agency for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a new implementing agency, we are beginning a process that will create a park, trail, and open space system that enhances the health and spirit of our residents and our guests by connecting people to the natural world.

Over the next few years, our focus will primarily be land acquisition and planning for future development of currently owned parks and trails. During this time, residents and guests can enjoy Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve and Cleary Regional Park, the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Regional Park Process
Scott County is a regional park implementing agency of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Funding for Scott County’s regional parks and trails master planning has been provided through a grant received under the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Act, in which 14.25% of the funds generated from the 3/8% increase in the state sales tax will provide funding for regional and state parks and trails.
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