GMPT online forums connect parks and trails professionals as we discuss issues and share ideas. Forums can also be viewed on the GMPT YouTube page.


Connecting with Your Legislators – November 2022: With election season over, many districts are welcoming new legislators or city officials. During this forum, GMPT lobbyist Elizabeth Wefel discussed how to build and maintain valuable connections with your legislators, and the importance of developing a relationship that will help promote and support all Greater Minnesota parks and trails. Click here for the presentation materials.

Parks Planning Series: Project Pre-Work Requirements – August 2022: The third forum in our new Summer series, Parks Planning! Guest speakers from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Heritage Information System (NHIS) review team provided valuable insight on some of the pre-work tasks required before beginning many types of parks and trails projects.

Parks Planning Series: Public Engagement – July 2022: The second forum in our new Summer series, Parks Planning! Guest speakers HKGi Consulting and Gina Hugo from Sherburne County Parks offered insight on public engagement efforts, which are a major component of the planning process from projects to master plans.

Parks Planning Series: Master Planning – June 2022: The first of several monthly forums in our new Summer series, Parks Planning! Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) System Plan Coordinator, Joe Czapiewski, provided valuable information on creating and updating your master plans.

RFP 101 – April 2022: Several GMPT business members collaborated on this forum to discuss RFP development.

E-bikes forum – January 2022

DNR grants – January 2022

Connecting teens to the outdoors – January 2022

Policies: Dedications, memorials, and special events – July 2021

Visitor counts – April 2021