Regional park

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A regional park is an area of land preserved on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, recreational use or other reason, and under the administration of a form of local government.



A regional park can be a special park district covering a region crossing several jurisdiction boundaries, or a park system of a single jurisdiction, such as a province, county, or city.

By country



There are 101 regional parks in Saskatchewan. All parks are operated by volunteer boards.


Regional parks in Italy are administered by each region in Italy, a government unit like a U.S. state.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, regional parks are administered by regional councils rather than the Department of Conservation or territorial authorities.

United States


In the United States, a regional park is sometimes referred to as a 'Metropolitan Park (Metropark)' or as an open space reserve. The terms region and metropolitan can have different meanings in U.S. local government agencies. Regional parks can be administered by a regional park board, a state, county or other units of local government. A special authority can be set up, under the joint jurisdiction of two or more government bodies or as an independent park district to administer parks. Individual parks may or may not cross governmental boundaries. The park district holds the authority, similar to fire protection districts, to manage and raise taxes to cover park acquisition and management costs.


Examples of large regional park systems are the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in southeast Michigan; and the Three Rivers Park District in Minnesota. In Ohio, under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1545, metro parks such as the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks can have their own sworn police forces (rangers); The Cleveland Metroparks, Toledo Metroparks, and Dayton Five Rivers Metroparks are also in the state.


The East Bay Regional Park District and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District have extensive parklands in the San Francisco Bay Area, protecting habitat and offering recreation.

United Kingdom


In Scotland, regional parks are defined to co-ordinate the management of areas of attractive countryside that are of importance for recreation due to their proximity to population centres. The parks have been defined and are managed by local authorities. Currently Scotland has three regional parks: [1]


See: Ziafati Bafarasat, A. (2016) Meta-governance and soft projects: A hypothetical model for regional policy integration, Land Use Policy, 59, pp.251-259.

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  1. "Regional parks". Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 2018-03-21.