Since 2015, city and county parks and trails managers in Greater Minnesota have been using the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission’s Data Management System (DMS) to apply for designation to the regional system. The DMS is an online-only application portal that manages all three steps of the application process – Designation Applications, Master Plans, and Funding Applications.
The DMS can be found on the Commissions website here: https://www.gmrptcommission.org/applications.html.
Having an online application system has eliminated costly and confusing paper applications while providing more up to date and useful information for the user. “The online DMS portal gives us a way to make sure applicants have real time, on-screen access to the instructions and samples they need. Our goal is to help applicants be as successful as possible without barriers caused by the system itself,” said Joe Czapiewski, GMRPTC System Plan Coordinator. “Applicants are even encouraged to use the system’s messaging feature to more effectively stay in touch with Commission staff.”
Greater Minnesota cities and counties can access Legacy parks and trails funding through a three-step system. First, submit an application for designation as a regional park or trail in the DMS. This simple application asks you to describe how you think your park or trail meets the Commissions criteria for regional designation. Tutorials and guidelines for applications and master plans can be found in the Application Toolbox at https://www.gmrptcommission.org/application-toolbox.html. If you can’t find answers there, contact Commission staff for further assistance.
If the facility is found to have merit, applicants will then complete a qualified unit Master Plan. The purpose of the Master Plan is to lay out the vision and details necessary to fully score the plan against the criteria and to create a guide for the development of the park to its fullest potential. A number of new sample Master Plans have recently been uploaded to the application webpage. At the end of a thorough, multi-step evaluation, the Commission may designate the facility as a part of the regional system.
A successfully designated park or trail may then apply for funding. Funding applications are open on the portal starting approximately April 1st every year, and must be submitted by the end of July. Complete instructions, budget worksheets and a resolution template are available in the toolbox. Check out the Commission’s annual legislative report (https://www.gmrptcommission.org/2019-report.html) for more information about past funding recipients!
Questions? Please contact Commission staff or your Commissioners (https://www.gmrptcommission.org/commission-members.html) to find out more.
On a blustery February 6 evening, hundreds of folks gathered at the Minnesota History Center to celebrate the first ten years since the passing of the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.
The four Legacy funds – Parks and Trails, Clean Water, Outdoor Heritage and Arts & Cultural Heritage – had an opportunity to demonstrate the significant work each has done in their respective areas and gather feedback about how the public views these efforts.
The Parks and Trails partners, DNR, Metropolitan Council and GMRPTC, made a considerable effort during 2018 to “Celebrate, Education and Listen” at eight legacy events across the State, as well as the 12-day run of the Minnesota State Fair. The February 6 gathering was the first 10-Year Legacy event bringing all the funds together for an evening of reflection and highlights.
Legislators who worked on the ballot initiative language in the beginning, as well as legislators currently involved in the Legacy funds spoke and noted the magnitude of this historic achievement.
This attached summary report is a useful document that provides an overview of the work of each of the funds and highlights the collective benefits that have touched each county in the state in these first years.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, together with its Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee partners the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Council, have released a new report marking the 10-year anniversary of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.
The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee (PTLAC) embarked on a series of regional public events to celebrate, educate, and listen as citizens shared their perspectives on, and aspirations for, Minnesota's comprehensive system of state and regional parks and trails.
By hosting nine regional events across the state, the PTLAC was able to celebrate the impact of Legacy funding with over 12,500 Minnesotans. In keeping with the spirit of Minnesota parks and trails, participants enjoyed activities that showcased the time of year and what made each site unique.
The report shares highlights of the celebrations across the state, summarizing the extensive efforts to share information about the impact of Legacy funding on the state's regional parks and trails system, and explains how what was learned will impact priorities and decisions for the next 15 years of Legacy funding.
Read the report below.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recommendations for the FY2020 funding cycle.
Of the 59 regionally designated parks and trails in the Greater Minnesota system, the Commission received 21 applications and selected 11 projects totaling $8,639,258 to recommend for legislative approval.
See the full press release and recommendation list below.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic area, regional trail, local trail connections and federal recreational trails.
These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks, regional trails to trail connections. Information about each of the grants can be found at this link provided by our friends at the League of Minnesota Cities.
Current Grant Opportunities
“Our research shows that the more cycling people do — whether it’s recreational riding or commuting — the lower their risk for cardiovascular risk factors like obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol,” says lead author Professor Mark Pereira.
The reduction in risk translates to preventing 12-61 deaths per year and annually saves the state’s economy $100-500 million.
READ MORE HERE
That’s right, the partners in the Legacy Amendment Parks and Trails fund; Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, Metropolitan Council and DNR will be sharing space in the DNR building at the State Fair and continuing our mission to:
Celebrate * Education * Listen
During this 10th year of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment we partnered to host a series of eight celebrations in communities across the State. Now we promote our message to the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the DNR building during the 12-days that Minnesotans celebrate the end of summer and the coming fall harvest.
We’ll be in the theatre of the DNR building for 2018 and 2019. Please come visit and say hello when you’re at the fair. The exhibit design is such that we can take elements of the display on the road to various communities for the next year, let us know if there is an event that might be appropriate in your community.
We’ll see you at the Fair!
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) is seeking applications for alternative member(s) of the Evaluation Team (ETeam). The ETeam is comprised of five park and trail or natural resource management professionals with an extensive understanding of Greater Minnesota and the unique issues and challenges faced in communities/counties outside the metro area.
Members conduct an evaluation of applications for designation and master plans for park or trail candidates vying for designation into the GMRPTC Regional System. Members will also provide guidance on system development and planning issues. The evaluations are conducted in accordance with the GMRPTC Strategic Plan Criteria and Operational Guidelines.
At its discretion, the Commission may select one or more non-voting alternates to learn the role, provide additional perspective and potentially fill any vacancies that occur. Complete information is included in the ETeam Application and ETeam Application Overview.
Applications are accepted at any time, but for the current consideration cycle must be submitted by September 19, 2018. For more information, Contact Executive Director Renee Mattson at firstname.lastname@example.org or System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski at email@example.com.
ETeam Application Overview
ETeam Application Form
Officials recently held a dedication for the new Northland Regional Sports Park in Beltrami County. Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trials Commissioner Rita Albrecht, along with Executive Director Renee Mattson and System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski, attended the ceremony. The new 200+ acre park features top-quality facilities for trap and skeet shooting, a variety of rifle and pistol ranges, hunter education fields, ATV facilities, and indoor classroom and meeting space. The GMRPTC provided Legacy Amendment funding for a new 200 yard rifle range, indoor meeting space, and ATV trailhead.
Learn more about the dedication HERE.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission is requesting proposals to complete an assessment of Mountain Bike Trails and Support Facilities in Greater Minnesota Districts 1 and 2. The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 PM Friday, July 20, 2018. See the attached RFP for additional details.
Prior to additional future investment into regional systems, the GMRPTC needs to: evaluate the realistic demand base for the developing system; better understand the current and potential size of the system in priority Greater Minnesota regions regardless of jurisdiction, and provide better guidance to our local partners on design standards for regional-level facilities.
If you have any questions, please contact GMRPTC System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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