About Us

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About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation provides a wealth of facilities, amenities, and activities for participants of all ages and abilities. Among these include: recreation centers that serve 2.5 million visitors a year, the world-renowned Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, CHS Field, several golf courses and aquatic venues, and hundreds of parks, athletic fields, courts, and rinks as well as hundreds of miles of trails and parkways.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is the proud home of Right Track, a youth employment initiative changing the face of Saint Paul, as well as primary force behind the Great River Passage Master Plan, a citywide initiative created to make Saint Paul more urban, more natural, and more connected. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and has been recognized by the Trust for Public Land as the #1 Urban Park System in the USA in 2015 and #2 in 2016.

Learn more about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation in the 2015 Annual Report.

Mission

To help make Saint Paul the most livable city in America, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will facilitate the creation of active lifestyles, vibrant places and a vital environment.

Vision Statement

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will make Saint Paul the most livable city in America by:

  • Responding creatively to change.
  • Innovating with every decision.
  • Connecting the entire city.

“Our Promise To You”

The staff of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation promises to cheerfully and respectfully serve you. We will provide access to quality programs at clean and safe facilities with timely and effective service. We will listen to your suggestions and concerns and respond to the best of our abilities.

A Near Limitless Bounty of Benefits

For years, researchers from academic, medical, and park professions have documented the many benefits gained when taking advantage of leisure time. This time, marked by the freedom to choose activities of interest, may also include the participation in recreational activities, a service that Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is committed to bringing to the public. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is also committed to providing accessible, low-cost activities that promote learning, leadership, skill development, exercise, pleasure, and relaxation.