The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces 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. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, contact information and other details can be found on the DNR Web site at mndnr.gov or on the following program links:
Outdoor Recreation Grant Program
Natural and Scenic Area Program
Federal Recreational Trail Program
Regional Trail Grant Program
Local Trail Connections Grant Program
The City of Red Wing recently completed a major renovation of He Mni Can/Barn Bluff Park. Supported by Greater Minnesota Legacy funds, the City worked with area Native American tribes, particularly the Prairie Island Indian Community, to recognize, honor and protect the incredible cultural resources on the site.
A new video highlighting the results of the project can be found HERE.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission is supportive of the great collaborations between local partners and Native American communities throughout the regional system. Working together, these partnerships provide opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and protect the history that makes our communities unique. We encourage all of our system partners to explore similar possibilities by contacting their local tribal representatives or contacting us for assistance!
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant. Counties, municipalities, tribal governments, and weed management entities (including weed management areas) may apply for grants to mitigate noxious weeds around the state. Grants for fiscal year 2022 will be funded up to $5,000. The awards are intended to support local projects.
Learn more HERE.
Congratulations to the City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department on the opening of the new Driftless Disc Golf Course at Gamehaven Park! Gamehaven Park has received two Legacy grants from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission and is a beautiful example of how important Legacy is for parks and trails in Greater Minnesota.
Link to Article HERE.
Congratulations to Lake County on the fabulous Split Rock Wilds Mountain Bike Trails! Trail construction on both phases was partially funded by Legacy grants from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission.
LINK TO ARTICLE HERE
The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity to support economic development through outdoor recreation.
The announcement includes $750 million in funds to support gateway communities' economies. The funds are a part of the American Rescue Plan Act in support of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow this LINK to an announcement from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable about the opportunity.
The US Department of Transportation has released a "Lessons Learned" report updating its experience supporting rail to trail conversion projects over the past 20+ years. The report attempts to capture best practices by addressing common concerns, challenges and factors to consider before, during, and after rail to trail projects.
A summary and full report can be found at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/rwt2021/.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy also has provided a summary article at https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2021/june/25/new-usdot-report-provides-25-years-of-lessons-learned-for-rails-with-trails/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=trailblog.
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission was on hand for the grand opening celebration of the expanded city campground in Big Falls. System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski was joined by former District 2 GMRPTC Commissioner Rita Albrecht at the event, which drew visitors from across north central Minnesota to celebrate improvements to the regional park along the Big Fork River.
The project saw the completion of riverside property acquisition, additional and renovated campsites, infrastructure, a new bath/shower facility and visitor center improvements. Parks and Trails Legacy Fund investments in the project through the GMRPTC totaled $1,278,030.
Learn more at this local TV news report: External Lakeland PTV Link HERE
Want to see more of the fun side of the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission? Follow our Instagram page! We look for fun and interesting sights that represent Greater Minnesota while traveling across our state. Here's our latest video from Central Minnesota: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQgfUAKndFx/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) will be holding District-level FREE virtual workshops in June. Each workshop will provide information and training about the new 2021 GMRPTC Strategic Plan and answer questions from partners and the general public.
Park and trail managers, city/county administrators, land commissioners, planning consultants and others responsible for regional-level parks and trails in Greater Minnesota are encouraged to attend.
A virtual workshop will be held in each of Greater Minnesota’s six districts, plus one at-large evening session. Attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop in their area but may choose another session if the time is more convenient. Register online for any of the following workshops at https://www.gmrptcommission.org/2021-district-workshops.html.
Wednesday, June 2, 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon, District 5 (Southwest)
Wednesday, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00PM, District 4 (Central)
Tuesday, June 8, 1:00 – 3:00PM, District 2 (Northwest)
Thursday, June 10, 6:30 – 8:30PM, At-Large (Statewide)
Tuesday, June 15, 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon, District 3 (West Central)
Tuesday, June 15, 1:00 – 3:00PM, District 1 (Northeast)
Tuesday, June 22, 1:00 – 3:00PM, District 6 (Southeast)
The purpose of the workshops is to help agencies understand the contents of the Commission’s new Strategic Plan. This 86-page plan is designed to help managers and volunteers develop effective proposals for regional designation and funding. As more agencies prepare their initial and updated Master Plans, they can look to this strategic plan for clearer standards and tools that will help tell their regional story.
More information, including the 2021 Strategic Plan, is available at the workshop registration website listed above. For additional information, contact System Plan Coordinator Joe Czapiewski at email@example.com.
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