Parks & Recreation

The City of Ramsey is approximately 29 square miles in area, has a population of approximately 23,500, and is fortunate to be known for its natural resources. More than half of the City borders the Rum and Mississippi Rivers, and over 15% of its area is protected wetlands.

Establishing parks and creating quality recreational and open space opportunities remains a high priority for the City. There are approximately 500 acres of existing municipal parkland and two regional parks with varying amenities, creating a comprehensive system with many diverse opportunities to recreate and enjoy the natural environment.

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Responsibilities & Services

Planning, development, and maintenance of the City's public land is entrusted to the parks department, and responsible for approximately 565 acres of park and trail corridors, with much of it still in its natural state. Services performed by the department include:

  • Athletic field maintenance
  • Construction of new or maintenance of existing parks
  • Enhancement and restoration of natural resources
  • Landscaping
  • Mowing
  • Planting

More than 20,000 staff hours are invested in the park and trail system maintenance each year, with 10,000 of these hours contributed by high school and college students in the summer.

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