This plan guides future direction and investments of the Wright County Parks and Recreation system. The plan was developed over the course of 2021 and included outreach to Wright County residents, visitors, and stakeholders.
This plan serves as a guide for short-term and long-term development of the County’s parks and recreation system. The plan identifies physical improvement and maintenance needs within parks, as well as long-term goals and visionary ideas that may take 20-25 years or more to realize. As growth occurs and development takes place, this plan should be updated to indicate what has been completed and what new goals will be added.
The recommendations in this plan are based on a detailed assessment of existing facilities, analysis of trends in recreation, future growth patterns, gaps in facilities and programming, and an evaluation of public input.
In addition to making recommendations and providing precedents to inform future improvements and additions to the park system, this plan attempts to prioritize where and when investments will be made based on public desire, needs for facility function and safety, and opportunities that arise.
The Wright County Parks and Recreation system has an approximate value of $32 million, an asset that the county has developed over the past 42 years. It includes 32 public recreation areas consisting of 4,717 acres, three corridor trails totaling 12 miles in length, an environmental education facility, three campgrounds, picnic shelters, 70 miles of interior park trails, including 14.25 miles of mountain bike trails, and 20 miles of equine trails. In addition to fishing piers, comfort stations/restrooms, numerous volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf, parking areas, roads, and various other park amenities.
The Mission of Wright County Parks is...
"To enable citizens and guests to recognize, enjoy, and appreciate the inherited natural and cultural resources of Wright County through preservation, enhancement, and programming of varied outdoor recreational opportunities and activities."