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Friday Feature: Three Rivers Park District

June 19, 2018

Group of people on a dock looking through binocularsIf you spend time in the west metro, there’s a good chance you’ve visited a Three Rivers park, like Baker Park Reserve, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, or Noerenberg Memorial Gardens. Three Rivers Park District includes almost 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails, and special-use facilities that are open for recreation, nature education, and relaxation. It was established as an independent special park district by the Minnesota Legislature in 1957, is dedicated to natural resources preservation and restoration, and serves over 11 million visitors per year.  

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District partners with Three Rivers Park District in a number of ways, particularly in the Six Mile Creek – Halsted Bay Subwatershed. Three Rivers Park District is a participant with us in the Six Mile Creek – Halsted Bay Subwatershed Partnership, which is a group of representatives from public agencies who ensure ongoing communication about plans, priorities, and opportunities for collaboration in the region. We also work with the park district to organize events and programming for the public throughout the watershed, and we look forward to providing more opportunities for this type of engagement in the future. Lastly, Three Rivers Park District staff helps us monitor water quality in some of the lakes in the Six Mile Creek – Halsted Bay Subwatershed. We appreciate Three Rivers Park District’s partnership and their commitment to making our natural resources accessible to all residents!