Metro’s portfolio of outdoor destinations and nature programs has grown dramatically during the past two decades, laying the groundwork for a world-class regional park system.
To realize that opportunity, Metro has developed a system plan that will guide future decision-making and investments for regional parks, trails, natural areas and nature programs. Community members and partners helped shape a draft plan that lays out Metro's mission, role and priorities going forward – and introduces the 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas that Metro manages on behalf of the public.
Read the plan
Learn all about Metro Parks and Nature, dive into your naturehood and more by reading the full plan.
Just want the highlights? Download a four-page overview of the Parks and Nature System Plan.
2014: The public and partners helped craft a set of values to shape Metro’s parks, trails, natural areas and nature programs, while Metro’s nature team analyzed baseline information about the system.
January through November 2015: Working with the public and stakeholders, Metro developed an operating model and strategies for Metro's parks, trails, natural areas and nature programs.
December 2015 to January 2016: A draft system plan was available for review online, at a public forum and at customized meetings by request.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016: The Metro Council discussed the draft Parks and Nature System Plan during a work session at Metro Regional Center and asked for minor refinements prior to formal consideration.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016: The Metro Council is slated to formally consider the Parks and Nature System Plan. Read the agenda when it's available.