Future Developments

Every project at Three Rivers starts in the Planning Department, taking the project from an initial concept to a completed master plan.

Department staff develops a public engagement process to gather input and ideas from community members, partners and other stakeholders. They also conduct research studies, examine trends and assess cultural resources.

Three Rivers planning staff collaborates with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, cities, other public agencies and private organizations while developing the project’s master plan. They also research funding partners and apply for grants. A complete master plan is the finished product of a planning department project.

The Department of Planning is also responsible for the comprehensive system plan for the Park District.

The goal of the Planning Department is to provide the highest quality services while supporting the Park District mission of promoting environmental stewardship in a natural resources-based park system.

woman and man talking at a planning outreach event for Mississippi Gateway Regional Park.

Three Rivers 2040 System Plan

Three Rivers has adopted a new system plan. Learn more.

Current Park Planning Projects

Baker Park Reserve: Master Plan

Current Regional Trail Planning Projects

Baker/Carver Regional Trail: Acquisition Plan

Bassett Creek Regional Trail: Golden Valley Segment

Crow River Regional Trail: Master Plan

Canadian Pacific Rail Regional Trail: Master Plan

Diamond Lake Regional Trail: Master Plan

Rush Creek Regional Trail: Acquisition Plan

West Mississippi River Regional Trail: Master Plan | Acquisition Plan


There are approximately 65 inholdings, unacquired properties, located within the approved master plan boundaries of Park District regional parks and park reserves.

The Park District generally acquires inholdings through a willing-seller approach as properties and resources become available. If you own an inholding and are interested in selling or donating your property or learning more about the acquisition process, please contact Kelly Grissman at 763-694-7635.

Current Construction