Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation department oversees Ramsey County’s parkland and recreational facilities, manages natural resources and facilitates recreational programming.
The department has been nationally-accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) since 2004. It is currently the only county parks department in Minnesota to carry the accreditation, which recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service based on 144 standards.
The Ramsey County parks system encompasses more than 6,500 acres and consists of:
- Six regional parks.
- Nine county parks.
- Six regional trail corridors.
- Nine protected open space sites.
- 11 indoor ice arenas (13 ice sheets).
- Five golf courses.
- Tamarack Nature Center.
- And Battle Creek Waterworks, a family waterpark.
The parks and recreation services provided by Ramsey County complement services provided by municipalities to meet the needs of an urbanized population. The parks and open space areas held by Ramsey County represent the largest undeveloped land areas in the county.
As of June 1, 2018, the duties and authorities of the Ramsey Conservation District transferred to Ramsey County and are managed by the Soil & Water Conservation division of the Parks & Recreation department.
Department leadership and contacts
Mark McCabe, department director