Prior to the establishment of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) in 2013, Greater Minnesota did not have an established history of comprehensive planning for regional parks and trails. The documents and organizations highlighted below establish the criteria and protocol that grants the GMRPTC responsibility in this area.
Minnesota Great Outdoors Website
The new MN Great Outdoors website is a joint initiative of Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, MN DNR and Metropolitan Council. The website will make trip planning easy and provide a great way to filter a search based on location, accessibility, amenities and features. Once a search is complete, the site provides the parks or trails that fit the parameters and users simply click through to the individual websites for more detail and planning assistance. One of the primary benefits to the designated facilities in Greater Minnesota is the ability for city and county facilities with smaller marketing budgets to gain greater exposure to a much larger audience of park and trail enthusiasts. LINK
25 Year Parks & Trails Legacy Plan
The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee (LAC) was created as a part of the implementation of the 25-year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. The Legacy Plan establishes the basic structure and guidelines both for the creation of the GMRPTC, and for the Regional System Plan it is responsible for creating. Learn more about the work of the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee, including the 25 year Legacy Plan, at http://www.legacy.leg.mn/ptlac.
As defined in the Commission’s Strategic Plan (and guided by the Parks & Trails Legacy Plan), the Commission will evaluate, rank, and determine funding recommendations for regionally-significant projects of highest merit. As the 3-Step graphic illustrates, all regional park and trail projects will flow through the Commission’s evaluation process to ensure consistency with the protocol and criteria defined under the Strategic Plan.
The vetting process defined and implemented by the Commission through the Strategic Plan is the only route to Legacy or other funding sources as related to regional parks and trails in Greater Minnesota. The Commission is responsible for ensuring that the physical system plan that emerges over time only reflects parks and trails that are well-vetted and formally recognized as being regionally-significant and essential to meeting regional needs.
2016 System Plan
On June 30, 2016, the GMRPTC submitted its updated 2016 System Plan to the Legislature. The plan summarizes the current regional parks and trails system and Commission accomplishments to date. It also highlights specific state-wide and district-level strategic initiatives that will guide system development over the next few years.
GMRPTC System Plan 2016
The ETeam reports to the Commission after its initial ranking and scoring evaluation in late summer. The introductory section highlights both the summary of the evaluation and several issues that are being addressed by the GMRPTC. The last section of this report documents the ranking and scoring results for each application.
ETeam Report 2014
ETeam Report 2015
ETeam Report 2016