Love living connected to nature with opportunities for outdoor recreation and just plain fun? It is hard to find a metropolitan area more committed to parks and trails than the Twin Cities!

Not only is the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board ranked the #1 Urban Park System by the Trust for Public Land, the Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to 53 regional parks and park reserves, and more than 340 miles of interconnected trails. The regional park system gets more than 48,000,000 visits each year… more than the Mall of America!

3 Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District interactive parks and trails map

Three Rivers Park District manages a large share of the area regional parks… almost 27,000 acres of park reserves including 25 parks and 17 trails in the west/suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

We stopped at French Regional Park with our grandkids last weekend. A longtime favorite with our family, this park was named after Clifton E. French, the first superintendent of Three Rivers Park District, serving 1961-1984.

Each park has its own unique features and I think of French Park as the climbing net playground. Both great fun and a great workout for a wide range of ages, it is always a hit! We have celebrated many birthdays in this park. French Park also has abundant picnic grounds, trails, swimming beach, boating and more. And don't assume just because it is winter the parks close down in Minnesota… that's when trails are open for cross country skiing!

French park1

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results Minneapolis-St. Paul Realtor

HomesMSP Team - SharleneJohnAngela Your Twin Cities Neighborhood Guides

RELATED POSTS

About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

Related Posts

Sunday’s Site – Lake Minnetonka

NOTE: see the bottom of Sunday's Site posts for homes for sale in the area When we visited the St. Croix River in Stillwater on the far east side of the Twin Cities last week I talked about how water plays an important role in Minnesota life. As a Realtor I am constantly criss-crossing the metro area and.

Read More

Where to get authentic Danish kringle in Minneapolis

When legendary Blackey's Danish and Polish bakery in nordeast Minneapolis closed, the go-to local bakery for authentic Danish pastry officially left Minneapolis… but its amazing Danish pastries didn't vanish from the Twin Cities. Their recipes were purchased by Denny's 5th Avenue Bakery in Bloomington and their delectable treats including immense, buttery kringle, kransekage and Danish pastries are baked fresh daily in.

Read More

Old Muskego Church, first Norwegian Lutheran church in the US

An old hand-built log meeting house quietly sits on a hill overlooking the campus of Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul… so well tucked away you wouldn't know it was there unless you were looking for it at the top of the steps at the end of the parking lot at Luther Place and Como Avenue..

Read More