December 20, 2016
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission announced the list of Legacy Parks and Trails grant recommendations for the FY18 funding cycle.
The Commission was formed in 2013 by the Minnesota Legislature to develop a statewide system of regionally significant parks and trails outside the seven county metropolitan area.
Of the 46 regionally designated parks and trails in Greater Minnesota, 25 applied for project funding. The Commission was pleased to recommend awards for 12 grants totaling $8,298,810, the entire amount available in FY18.
The Commission carefully considered all 25 funding applications submitted, which totaled $23,582,369. The FY18 grants represent 35% of the total amount requested.
Successful applicants submitted projects that met the 25-Year Legacy Plan Strategic Directions of:
“These grants will truly shape communities and provide greatly enhanced opportunities for outdoor recreation in Greater Minnesota for residents and visitors” said Mike Hulett, Commission Chair.
The Minnesota legislature must now approve the Commission’s recommendations during the upcoming legislative session.
In addition to helping create and maintain recreation resources, these grants will contribute to the state’s economy and its vital $13 billion travel and tourism industry with 250,000 full and part-time workers.
Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission
Legacy Funding Recommendations for FY2018:
Lake Wobegon Trail Extension $980,000
Moorhead River Corridor $660,600
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area $1,246,000
Cascade Lake Park $1,550,000
Mesabi Trail $750,000
Tioga Recreation Area $50,000
Milford Mine Memorial Park $60,000
Memorial Park $595,613
Dakota Rail Trail $647,000
Lake Brophy Park $875,000
Cook County Mountain Bike Trails $278,250
Robbins Island Regional Park $606,347
Contact: Renee Mattson – Executive Director (218) 310-2627 Renee.Mattson@gmrptcommission.org
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working with Explore Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission to create a new trip-planning tool that will make it easier for Minnesotans to discover and explore parks and trails around the state! This new tool will launch in early summer 2017, and the developers are currently seeking input from prospective users.
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