The Surprising Story Behind The Twin Cities' Park Systems
Minneapolis is considered one of America's great green cities, and it is easy to see why with its tree-lined parkways, publicly owned lake shores and vibrant neighborhood parks. But it hasn't always been this way. See what the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area looked like when it was first being developed compared to today, and find out what it took to create the one-of-a-kind system that now boasts hundreds of parks in Minnesota: Parks For The People, which previously aired on public television.
With a landscape that includes the beautiful Minnehaha Falls, Lake Como, the Chain of Lakes, and the Mississippi river, Minneapolis and St. Paul always possessed remarkable natural features. But there were also few trees and places to enjoy the natural beauty back in the late 1800's. Find out what it took to turn tall grass prairies of Minneapolis and Saint Paul into a bevy of leafy havens.