Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission


This online user portal is designed for parks and trails managers to apply for regional designation. By clicking the button below, users will be able to create an application for designation, develop a qualified Unit Master Plan for their park or trail, and if designated, apply for funding.

The “Designation” application provides all cities and counties in Greater Minnesota (80 counties, excluding the seven county metropolitan area) equal opportunity to apply for designation as regionally significant, based on the definitions and criteria as described in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trail Strategic Plan and related documents available on the Commission’s website

An online Master Plan is also required for designation, however the portal is open to the general public as a tool to improve planning across Greater Minnesota. Parks and trails achieving regionally significant designation and incorporated in the Greater Minnesota System Plan may then apply for funding in a separate funding application. The funding application applies to projects of regional significance included in an approved Master Plan.

Note: Only parks or trails that are formally designated as part of Greater Minnesota Regional Park and Trail System become eligible for funding, which involves a separate application and review process.

Commission representatives are available to discuss your project or provide assistance in preparing your application. For assistance, please email to: